A 23-year-old British woman who grew up being bullied for her excess hair has now embraced her appearance, and has shared her story in the hopes of inspiring others.
Harnaam Kaur's issues with hair began at age 11. According to an article in the Huffington Post, Kaur has polycystic ovary syndrome (POS), which causes excess hair growth.
Bullied, she began to self-harm and even considered suicide before coming to accept her condition.
At 16, she was baptized as a Sikh and relinquished all attempts to remove the hair as the religion dictates. She now sports a full beard.
“I would never ever go back now and remove my facial hair because it’s the way God made me and I’m happy with the way I am," said Kaur. “I feel more feminine, more sexy and I think I look it too. I’ve learned to love myself for who I am nothing can shake me now.”
Though she routinely endures death threats online, Kaur has gone public about her journey in the hopes that it will help women like her to accept themselves—hair and all.
“I wanted to change my whole outlook on life and I thought I thought it was time to stop locking myself away—I had to do something about it,” says Kaur. “If I had any message it would be to live the way you want—it’s your journey and it’s your life.”