The world has formally begun the long overdue acceptance and acknowledgement of inclusiveness. People are beginning to damn beauty standards and accept themselves for who they are and what makes them unique. For a lot of women, even a strand of facial hair or chest hair can be a burden and be a source of insecurity, but Harnaam Kaur has damned what the world feels about her and loves herself and what makes her different.
She is one of the hairiest women in the world. She is known for her full faced beards and her confident choice to not do anything about it. She was born with polycystic ovary syndrome, a hormonal disorder that causes a woman to have more male hormones than female ones.
Harnaam used to shave and wax her hair when she younger, until she decided she’d had enough and decided to stop and let her hair grow out. She was bullied and stigmatized as a child to the extent of considering suicide but those days are behind the 24 year old now.
“My beard has 100% become a part of my body. It is the source of my strength and confidence,” she said. “I keep my hair to show the world a different, confident, diverse and strong image of a woman. . . . I look at it and is it a sign to me that we are all different and none of us are born the same.”
The bearded dame as she calls herself got featured on Illamasqua’s Letter to Little Me campaign. The in her touching letter to her younger self she wrote “You will grow up to be a gorgeous young woman who will shake the normal societal standards of beauty,” she explained. “You will show people what beauty truly is.”