Guinness World Record’s youngest woman with a full beard should be your new hero
If you thought beards were just for hipsters, you’re very wrong. Last week, a bearded woman won the Guinness World Record for “Youngest Woman with a Full Beard,” and she should be your new hero. Seriously, 25-year-old Harnaam Kaur has more attitude than any dude I’ve seen rocking a beard, and she wears it well. It’s not just that she has a beard, it’s more that she owns the beard. Kaur has been living with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), and one of the major symptoms is increased hair growth.
Since she was 11 years old, she spent her time shaving, waxing, and trying to hide her facial hair, all while dealing with awful bullies. But she since decided she just didn’t a fuck anymore and became an advocate for her beard. Why hide who you are? Winning the award it a big two middle fingers up to the world, especially all of the trolls who attack her online.
Kaur said in an interview with The Guardian that she’s been harassed for being plus-sized, for her beard, and even for the turban she wears. She even emphasizes that her turban is not about religion, it’s about being proud and having power. Whatever her brand of confidence is, I want to blend it into my smoothie every morning.
I still can’t believe that I am a Guiness world record holder as the ‘youngest woman with a full beard.’ I’ve been bullied horrendously to the point of self harm, suicide, depression and anxiety because of my beard! My oh my how the tables have turned. It is now due to my Beard that I hold a world record! This here, right now is what I want people to learn and understand. People will always taunt what they don’t understand. We just have to learn to love and accept ourselves for all that we are, and for everything that we have inside us! Your ‘flaws’ are what makes you different from the rest. Your ‘flaws’ are powerful because they allow you to be unique ❤️💜 Flaunt them fully, unashamedly and wholeheartedly! I’ve been on a journey that has taken me through many emotions. I found self love and self liberation through just simply one day waking up and saying ‘I WANT TO BE ME!’ Be strong and push through your though times! I promise you it will be well worth it ❤️💜 Harnaam Kaur: From being bullied and suicidal to now becoming a world record holder ❤️💜 The same beard that I was bullied for, I now hold a world record for! @guinnessworldrecords 📷- Paul Michael Huges
She’s been called every name in the book, but she’s also modeling these days and her facial hair is the least interesting thing about her. She’s walked the runway in London Fashion Week and works as a freelance body confidence and anti-bullying advocate.
Despite all her confidence, she admits that sometimes the bullying can be scary. “It can be quite terrifying when I’m out and about and on my own, but at the end of the day, I realize that my purpose on this earth is far more superior than any of these comments,” she told BBC 3.
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Aside from being a role model and a body positive inspiration, she got to meet Idris Elba, so she’s obviously living her best life.