A 27-year-old British Indian woman in the UK has become the poster girl for people who are body conscious or have issues accepting their body image. After all, she’s a Guinness World Record holder for the youngest woman in the world to have a full beard, and she also suffered from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) for years since puberty.
As an adolescent, life wasn’t normal for Harnaam Kaur, who is now a global star and has over 107K followers on Instagram!
Her life came with its own struggles. She hit puberty at a young age of 10 and by 12, was diagnosed with her condition which results in excessive hair growth and causes thick facial hair. As a chubby, brown girl, she was often deemed as “fat” or a “Paki”.
However, Harnaam knew she couldn’t keep living like this and embraced her six-inch beard, which won her a place at the Guinness World Records (GWR). But, she did contemplate suicide at one point because of her appearance.
She even spoke about her achievement to the Editor-In-Chief Craig at the global launch of GWR 2017, in this interview:
Kaur described her beard as part of her quest to overcome years of bullying and went on to model for Urban Bridesmaid Photography. She looked splendid in her ‘floral beard’ while posing as a bride.
She became a body positivity campaigner and an anti-bullying activist. In March 2016, she became the first female with a beard to walk the runway at London Fashion Week!
This British-Sikh woman broke many societal norms and looks phenomenal in every photo shoot she did!
She loves makeup, nail paint and has several tattoos as well!
Kaur had a broken engagement in her 20s. But with all her newly found confidence, she is very optimistic about her love life and hopes to find her prince charming soon. She says:
“I block, delete and laugh. I haven’t gone through all this to be someone’s object. A lot of people are shallow, so I think it would take a strong man, or woman, to say they want to be with me.”
We admire Kaur for her zeal and determination. What are your thoughts on it? Tell us in the comments.