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.

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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.”

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.