Harnaam Kaur: Bearded, Tattooed & Beautiful
Real life bearded lady Harnaam Kaur suffered bullying, got beaten, threatened, and mocked for her looks throughout her young life, Yet she steps forward to the world & encourages us all to Get back up, Face the World Without fear, and Love yourself for who you are. She even got a bearded lady tattoo!
(Photos by Urban Bridesmaid Photography via RocknRoll Bride)
Harnaam started growing excess hair at age 11 due to a genetic disorder called "Polycystic Ovary Syndrome" (PCOS), a hormonal imbalance where she had more male hormones than a female's, hence, the beard.
"I used to have my face waxed 2-3 times a week and on the days I couldn't bear the pain, I would simply shave." Says Harnaam. Eventually, she just let the hair be because removing them had proven to damage her skin.
"I had a great upbringing & a really happy family but I was severely bullied all the way through school, starting from nursery right through my late secondary school days. I even got beaten up a few times. I became suicidal & resorted to self-harm," Harnaam recalls.
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Since then, Harnaam suffered depression, hid away & didn't go out in public. "My bedroom was my only safe haven. I was hugely depressed. I remember sitting on my bed, thinking about taking my own life. But instead, as I sat there, I started to counsel myself. I told myself: 'The energy you are putting into ending your life.... Put all that energy into turning your life around & doing something better.' "
At that point Harnaam decided that she wanted to be herself, "I decided to keep my beard & step forward against society's expectations of what a woman should look like. Today, I am happy living as a young beautiful bearded woman. I have realized that this body is mine, I own it, I don't have any other body to live in so I may as well love it unconditionally." Said Harnaam.
Bearded or not, Haarnam is beautiful, in and out. If one would only learn to look into a person's eyes and see the beautiful soul inside, one shall find beauty... Not just in any person, but in everything! "We are all imperfectly perfect!" She says.
We hope we inspired you to have the courage to stay true, just like Harnaam did. Nobody's perfect, anyway. So instead of looking at your imperfections, why not convert that time and energy into looking in the mirror, appreciating the things you love about yourself. Above all, look for the goodness in you, and smile. Everything's alright. :-)
~To Love one's self is Truly Beautiful~
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