Bearded Woman Models Wedding Dresses in Revolutionary Photo Shoot

harnaam kaurHarnaam Kaur is a 24-year-old Internet sensation from Berkshire, England, with over 13,000 followers on Instagram, many of whom are intrigued by the pictures that show a woman with girly style, painted nails, crimson lipstick ... and a thick, full beard.

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Yes, you read that last part correctly.

Harnaam was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal imbalance that can cause infertility, difficulty with weight loss, and -- yes -- excessive facial hair growth.

But Harnaam's health challenges aren't holding her back. She's currently making headlines as a body acceptance and anti-bullying activist, and was even recently featured as a wedding dress model for RocknRollBride.com.

The Bearded Bride Model: Harnaam Kaur Make up artist: Kampreet Wedding Dress: Cutting Edge Brides http://www.cuttingedgebrides.com Cakes: Milk Street Kitchen (Ellie) http://milkstreetkitchen.co.uk/ Flowers, Floral Turban Crowns and Bouquet and Flower Beard: @wild_coco_ (Lucy) http://www.wild-coco.com/ Tablescape Design: Blessed Union Events (Jacqueline) https://instagram.com/blessedunionevents/ Photographer: Urban Bridesmaid (Louisa) http://www.urbanbridesmaid.com 2nd photographer(behind the scenes): Cassandra http://www.cwatsonphotography.co.uk/ #harnaamkaur #beardedlady #beardedwoman #effyourbeautystandards #effyourbodystandards #bridalphotoshoot #urbanbridesmaids #queenbeard #queenofhearts #feminist #genderbender #androgynouswoman #diversemodels #androgynyqueen #sorrynotsorry #ladybeard #thebeardeddame #thedame #bride #beardedbrides #bodyconfident #bodyconfident #bodyconfidenceactivist #queenbeard #queenofhearts #rockandrollbride

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I have good news. My bridal photoshoot pictures are going to be up on www.rocknrollbride.com I am sooo excited to see them on there. I would like to thank whole heartedly the team that worked alongside me on the day of the shoot. I have been fortunate enough to work with amazing people � I love doing different types of photo shoots. I love portraying a diverse image in society. Never be afraid of being who you truly are supposed to be. You are absolutely amazing just as you are. ��� Never let the words and taunts of other break you or put you down x Here i am looking for my wondering husband haha xx Model: Harnaam Kaur Make up artist: Kampreet Wedding Dress: Cutting Edge Brides http://www.cuttingedgebrides.com Cakes: Milk Street Kitchen (Ellie) http://milkstreetkitchen.co.uk/ Flowers, Floral Turban Crowns and Bouquet and Flower Beard: @wild_coco_ (Lucy) http://www.wild-coco.com/ Tablescape Design: Blessed Union Events (Jacqueline) https://instagram.com/blessedunionevents/ Photographer: Urban Bridesmaid (Louisa) http://www.urbanbridesmaid.com 2nd photographer(behind the scenes): Cassandra http://www.cwatsonphotography.co.uk/ #harnaamkaur #beardedlady #beardedwoman #effyourbeautystandards #effyourbodystandards #bridalphotoshoot #urbanbridesmaids #queenbeard #queenofhearts #feminist #genderbender #androgynouswoman #diversemodels #androgynyqueen #sorrynotsorry #ladybeard #thebeardeddame #thedame #bride #beardedbrides #rocknrollbride #bodyconfident #bodyconfidenceactivist #bodyconfidence #genderbender #genderqueer

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This bridal shoot with Harnaam Kaur will be hitting the blog soon. Needless to say I am INCREDIBLY excited for you all to see it! Harnaam has polycystic ovary syndrome, which meant she started growing a beard from 11. Battling to remove her hair every day, and bullied at school, she started to self harm and considered suicide. "I decided to turn all that negative energy into positive energy, and grasp hold of life. I wanted to live a happy life, and I made the decision to keep my beard and accept my body for the way it was formed." Harnaam is now a body-confidence and anti-bullying activist and she fully embraces her unique look and hopes to encourage others to do the same. Photography by Urban Bridesmaid Photography

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Like an estimated 5 million women in the United States, I also have PCOS. While my PCOS hasn’t been as severe as Kaur’s (my chin hairs are kept at bay through daily plucking), I can relate to her feelings of being an "ugly duckling." It is challenging to have a condition that can so drastically alter your appearance, but Harnaam is showing us all that it is possible to accept and even embrace your natural look even if you have what many people would consider to be "flaws."

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Harnaam has spoken openly about the fact that it wasn’t always easy to accept herself. She first tried everything to lose the hair:

I started to wax my facial hair, tweeze it off, thread it off. I shaved every day and I even used hair removing creams. My skin became very rough, I was left with scabs, and parts of my skin were torn off when I was waxing.

When all of those efforts failed and she was faced with constant bullying, she began self-injuring and even considered suicide. But then, as she notes in her Instagram posts, something changed, and she "decided to turn all that negative energy into positive energy, and grasp hold of life." She made a conscious choice to live a happy life and made the decision to keep her beard and accept her body as is.

Harnaam is showing all of us -- whether we have to spend several minutes a day tweezing chin hair or not -- that there is real beauty in grace and self-love.

Check out a powerful short film Harnaam did earlier this year to raise awareness about labels and the kind of bullying she's faced.

What parts of your appearance have you struggled with accepting?


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