Facial hair, especially if you have a beard, is usually considered strange or abnormal when it comes from a woman whose society expects feminine and hairless women. Many women born with this condition sometimes feel unconfident, but this was not the case for Harnaan Kaur in later years. Harnaam Kaur on April 02, 2020. May be an image of 1 person."/>
She holds the Guinness World Record for being the youngest woman to grow a full beard. Her record citation read: "Now with a beard measuring as long as six inches in places, she overcame years of bullying to take ownership of her appearance and achieve this record title at the age of 24 years 282 days.
At one time in her life, Harnaam became so self-conscious that she refused to leave her house, except to go to lessons, and at her lowest point, she began self-harming and even considered taking her own life.
Born on November 29, 1990, Harnaam first started to notice that she was growing facial hair at the age of 11. she spent her teenage years desperately trying to remove it by waxing twice a week and covering her body in baggy clothes. Harnaam endured vile abuse at school and strangers would stare at her on the street. She was then diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary syndrome at the age of 12, a condition that means she has much more testosterone than most women which is what causes hair to grow. But, at the age of 16, she finally found the courage to accept her facial hair after being baptised as a Sikh. The religion dictates that the body should be left in its natural state and body hair must be left to grow. The decision proved controversial with her family but Harnaam was determined to show that she was beautiful no matter what she looked like.
Before coming to the limelight, she was working as a teaching assistant for her uniqueness.
She also became the first woman with a beard to walk the ramp in London Fashion Week. Now, she is endorsing several brands and products. She also expresses her voice through her social media channels, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube.
Today, she is more body confident than ever before and hopes her story will help other women in her situation. Her journey from being a depressed, self conscious little girl to an activist and a powerful model is truly inspiring.
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