Here's how the bearded lady learned to love herself and became a world record holder
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It’s fair to say that Harnaam Kaur has left a path of glorious destruction in her wake. She shattered gender norms and beauty standards back in 2015 when she rocked a lace bridal gown, extravagant flower accessories and her natural six-inch beard for a photo shoot. Then she moved on to smashing expectations – including, and most importantly, her own – when she walked the runway during last year’s London Fashion Week and became the first woman with a beard to do so. Now the 25-year-old has taken it to a global level by becoming a Guinness World Record breaker for being the youngest woman with a full beard. But really, she’s been battling and overcoming challenges way longer than that, ever since the age of 11. “It’s amazing to be celebrated in this book for something I was shamed for,” says the self-titled Bearded Dame, whose beard is the result of polycystic ovary syndrome, a condition that affects one in five women and causes excess growth of facial and body hair. She makes no secret of how tough her school years were and sums them up simply as going to school, getting bullied every single day, then coming home again. It was these bullies who made Harnaam properly aware she was starting to grow facial hair (11-year-old kids don’t tend to sit and examine every detail of themselves in the mirror) but as soon as she was aware of it, she wanted it gone.
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