We've all known women who are stunning, by society's standards, and are also thoroughly unhappy and unsatisfied with their looks. They're always searching for the next "fix" that will make their breasts bigger or their lips appear puffier or whatever they assume will create a more perfect outer-shell.
Harnaam Kaur could teach them -- and all of us, really -- a lesson or two in self acceptance and love. The 23-year-old has polycystic ovary syndrome and has battled thick hair growth on her face and body since she was a young girl. She was bullied for many years, called "beardo" and "shemale," and would talk to people with a hand over her face because she felt so ashamed. She even refused to leave her house and hurt herself as a result of the bullying. But now Harnaam has accepted herself -- and has grown a full beard.
This young woman used to shave, wax, and bleach her facial hair -- but it seems like it was very difficult to keep up with her beauty routines and she wasn't very happy going to great lengths for a smooth face. The primary school teaching assistant was able to finally find peace -- and a spiritual release -- when she was 16 and was baptized as a Sikh. The religion forbids followers to cut or shave their body hair.
Harnaam says she is happy with her looks because God made her this way. She also says she feels "feminine" and "more sexy" since she accepted herself. I know I'm not as courageous as this young and brave woman because, if I were in her shoes, I would scrimp and save until I could afford to have all of my facial hair lasered off. I obviously don't possess the self confidence she does -- and I'm sure her religious awakening has a great deal to do with her inner strength.
Harnaam created this beautiful and inspirational video that shares her story. As a mom, I pray my daughter will grow up with one-eighth of the confidence Harnaam possesses. She is a special young woman and I wish her the best in life.
What do you think of Harnaam's story? Do you think you could grow a full beard and rock it like this woman?
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