Meet Harnaam Kaur, a young woman and recent bride whose wedding pictures went viral because of the presence of her beard — which was beautifully adorned with flowers to complement her white gown.
Harnaam’s beard is the result of polycystic ovarian syndrome, which affects a woman’s hormone levels.
While she used to shave her beard, she decided to embrace her unusual feature after she found herself depressed and contemplating suicide at age 16.
She explains to Rock N Roll Bride:
“At the age of 16 I hit my biggest low. I had been suicidal all year due to immense bullying from school and people in society. I hid away and did not want to venture out into the public. My bedroom was my only safe haven. I was hugely depressed. I remember sitting on my bed and thinking about taking my own life. But instead, as I sat there, I started to counsel myself. I told myself ‘The energy you are putting into ending your life, put all that energy into turning your life around and doing something better.’
“At that point I decided I wanted to be me. I decided to keep my beard and step forward against society’s expectations of what a woman should look like. Today I am not suicidal and I do not self-harm. Today I am happy living as a young beautiful bearded woman. I have realized that this body is mine, I own it, I do not have any other body to live in so I may as well love it unconditionally.”
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Harnaam has a devoted following on Instagram, where she regularly posts photos and inspirational words for her fans — and we understand why her powerful message of confidence resonates with so many women.
Scroll through the gallery to see more stunning pictures of Harnaam — and hear more about her empowering movement.