Harnaam Kaur was mercilessly bullied by classmates and people on the street over her facial hair. She was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome, a condition which causes excessive hair growth, but the cruelty was almost too much to bear, and led her to contemplate suicide. At the age of 16, she began shaving her facial hair. Then, after countless skin treatments to try to remove the hair, which resulted in some skin damage, Kaur, who was born in India and lives in the U.K., decided to embrace her condition and began to proudly grow a full beard. Kaur has become an Internet sensation for speaking out on issues of societal expectations of beauty and self-confidence. She recently posed wearing bridal outfits for the Urban Bridesmaid website, a reminder that “beauty” is not a monolithic term. “We are all imperfectly perfect,” Kaur reportedly said. “I wanted to show society that beauty isn’t just about looking a certain way. We are all different and we should all celebrate our individuality.”
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