Woman Who Grew Beard for Charity & Gave Up Beauty Must Be Crazy (VIDEO)

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siobhain fletcherWomen who have any facial hair of which to speak generally do everything they can to get rid of it. Anyone who suffers from hormonal imbalances -- or just the lovely side effects of perimenopause/menopause -- that cause us to have what might be termed as excessive facial hair usually carries tweezers in her purse, just to be sure to keep unsightly fur at bay. For most of us, even one noticeable hair on our lip or chin is nothing short of utterly embarrassing. But that must not be how Siobhain Fletcher feels.

The 36-year-old northern England woman -- who has polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), which causes higher-than-normal androgen levels to trigger excessive facial hair growth -- decided to turn her condition into a positive fundraising effort during "Movember" with the aim of creating awareness and support for prostate cancer. She's grown a beard!

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Yup, a full-on male-ish, noticeable beard. Forget having no shame about it -- she's incredibly proud that since setting up her profile on Movember's UK website, she's already raised £1,040. And she also has said that the response to her efforts has been surprisingly positive. She told ABC News:

To actually go out there, and get out there, you see people still have manners. People may look, but mostly it’s been very positive. I think only one negative comment on the whole of the Internet.

That's really incredible, and she's so, so brave to be doing this. After all, it's a tremendous "screw you" to the beauty industry and media that make women feel horrible for not having perfectly smooth, wrinkle-free, and of course hair-free faces. But as much as I admire her bravery and selfless aim, I will never understand how any woman would be okay with defying this of all conventional beauty standards.

Maybe one of the only things I have in common with Kim Kardashian is that I'm also a girly girl who happens to have hairy genes. And since I hit adolescence, I've done everything I can -- from waxing to threading to laser hair removal -- to eliminate pesky facial hair. If I sound a bit OCD about it, that's because I am! Because I just feel better about how I look and feel when there's not even a bit of peach fuzz. Sure, we could chalk it up to centuries of forced gender roles that deserve to be challenged, but meh ... I'm not only okay with my assigned gender role, I completely identify with it and want my outward appearance to reflect it.

So to see someone like Siobhain basically going against everything most women believe about our own beauty kiiiinda blows my mind. In addition to tons of donations, sheesh, someone give this woman a medal for placing philanthropic selflessness so high above hairlessness!

Here's a video from The Sun featuring Siobhain ...

 

How do you feel about what Siobhain is doing?

 

Image via The Sun via ITV1

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the4m... the4mutts

While there's no way I could ever do it, she's managed to embrace a defect in her hormones, capitalize on it, and use it for good.

Good for her :)

Sarah UsedtobeZech Cone

Wow. Consider me impressed. I could/would NEVER be brave enough to do what she's doing. Plus, what a great example she is setting. Not by specifically growing a beard but by taking something that's a negative and turning it into a positive and one that benefits others at that. I agree with 4mutt;."good for her".

regen... regenbogenpilz

This women is my hero.  While I do not have PCOS, I can grow facial hair just like this and I pull over 100 hairs a day from my face and chin. I wish I had the balls...

Kediset Kediset

brave lady! I don't have a condition as extreme but yea... still a bit 'hairier' than the typical girl. I mostly noticed the hair above my lip being more distinct than most... and only like a year or two ago I noticed I also have a bit of chin hair... very short and fine so it's not as noticeable. but yea if I take my meds for it then it's not so bad.

tuffy... tuffymama

Most PCOS can be fixed with diet and supplements. Sometimes, hormone treatment is needed in addition to lifestyle change, but creams, not injections or pills. Far fewer women have to live like this.

nonmember avatar me

Beautiful!

Jamie Lechner

tuffymama - Not every responds well to outside hormones in their bodies. I was on hormone therapy at 26 and my body went crazy because of them. I am not "suitable" in the future to have them so when menopause comes around, I will be on my own. Maybe she is in the same boat as I am :(

tuffy... tuffymama

Jamie, I said sometimes, and i do acknowledge that traditional hormone therapy only resolves hormone related issues for a slim segment of the suffering population. Hormones can be manipulated holistically by diet and environment, and lifestyle practices. After dealing with one doctor after another who failed to adequately treat my thyroid, adrenal and pituitary imbalances (caused by diet and toxin exposure, as near as anyone can tell), I took the reins in hand and educated myself. That's when I discovered the total success rate of treating any hormone imbalance naturally (and completely) is much higher than the rate of traditional, Western medicine. What we need is a cure, not a bandage, and total overhaul is what it takes.

nonmember avatar Common.Sense.

She is beautiful. To heck with all the haters, she's got an amazing smile and more bravery than most of us could muster!!

Judy Godsmark

very  proud of you nıce to see how you suport others so well congratulatıons xx 

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