Women with beards are always looked at with funny eyes, but one such woman, Harnaam Kaur, has been declared a Guinness World Record holder for being the youngest woman in the world to have a full beard.
The 24-year-old body positivity campaigner and model from Slough, in Berkshire, England, has polycystic ovary syndrome, a hormonal condition that causes her to grow excess facial hair. Kaur was bullied throughout her childhood because of the condition and spent years trying to hide it by undergoing painful waxes up to three times a week.
But she has gone on to model for Urban Bridesmaid Photography and made her debut on the catwalk by opening the Marianna Harutunian Royal Fashion Day show in March, wearing her traditional Sikh turban, a navy dress and black heels.
In a post after her announcement as a record holder, Kaur said being valued as a “bearded lady” is “amazing”.
“I HAVE BEEN WANTING TO PUBLISH THIS NEWS FOR ABSOLUTELY AGES, BUT I HAD TO KEEP THINGS UNDER WRAP UNTIL THE BOOK LAUNCHED. I AM SUPER PROUD TO HOLD THIS RECORD, THE INNER CHILD IN ME IS SO PLEASED. I GREW UP READING THIS BOOK, I EVEN TRIED BREAKING SOME OF MY OWN RECORDS WANTING TO BE IN IT. I HOPE THOSE WHO READ OR SEE MY RECORD CAN TAKE AWAY POSITIVITY, INSPIRATION AND REALISE THAT NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE OR WHAT YOU LOOK LIKE, YOU ARE OFFICIALLY AMAZING!” SHE SAID.