Harnaam Kaur is the first woman with full beards to walk the runway in London Fashion Week.
Before the British model rose to fame, she had definitely been through a lot of body shaming and bullying with her facial hair.
Every moment in school was a nightmare. Harnaam Kaur began to grow beards as she reached puberty and so looked different from others around her. At 12 years, she was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary syndrome (PCOS)
PCOS is health condition that affects a woman’s hormone and causes them to produce unusually more male hormones. The effect of this sometimes is facial and body hair and sometimes infertility.
People felt she was weird and made living a hell for her. She was bullied and tortured. She tried waxing, shaving and many more methods to remove her facial hair. She lost her self esteem and became depressed. She went as far as harming herself and even attempting suicide.
The decision of self-love
At age 16, Harnaam Kaur stopped trying to change her body and made the bold decision to love her body. She shares that affirmative words have built her and she lives by one rule which is ‘my body my rules’.
Now in her late twenties, she has a very adorable and highly classy style. She takes pride in her looks and calls her beard Sundri (meaning beauty).
The star calls herself a body confidence activist. She uses her story to teach people to love themselves, improve their self concept and live for themselves. She encourages people to be strong and enjoy the struggles life throws at them.
Her platform also raises awareness about bullying and the torture it could cause. More so, Harnaam also teaches people about Polycystic Ovary syndrome (PCOS).
So what now…
The society especially with the help of the media paints a picture of who a perfect person should be. Despite our desire to be perfect, we can never meet up or be as good as that “perfect person”.
Now we have two options; try to be the perfect person or own up to yourself. The best self empowerment is self confidence. This is not about tagging “self love” pictures on social media. It is about truly putting your own happiness first.
There are many broken, depressed and shattered people out there. For one reason or the other, they have remained that way.
They have neglected their lives and began to live other people’s life because of something they think is a weakness.
It is not your fault that you are what you are. But it is your fault that you have not accepted what you are. You are specially and perfectly made. Like Harnaam Kaur, use your uniqueness to make the society better.