Monday 26 September 2016

Bearded lady tells how she beat the bullies by embracing her facial hair

Published 22/04/2016 | 23:12

Harnaam Kaur speaks to Ryan Tubridy
Harnaam Kaur speaks to Ryan Tubridy

A body positivity campaigner has told how she beat the bullies by embracing the facial hair that has been a feature of her life as a result of polycystic ovary syndrome since she was 11-years-old.

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Harnaam Kaur, who now models and has walked the catwalk at London Fashion Week, told Ryan Tubridy on RTE’s Late Late Show how the moment she decided to grow her beard saved her life.

Harnaam had been “very suicidal” due to taunts by bullies and body shaming in school, she said.

“It was a very pivotal moment in my life. I was ready to end my life, I said that’s it, I’m going, I can’t take it anymore.”

“I thought hang on a second, I can’t allow these bullies to win.”

At 16 years of age, Harnaam decided to start turning the negative energy which caused her to think about suicide into positive energy.

“It was a huge liberation,” she said.

“I’ve actually been taking care of [the beard],… how soft is she?,” she said offering for Ryan to feel the beard.

Harnaam said she is now content that she is true to herself. However, she admits that the beard is an obstacle in the dating department.

“The beard is a huge hindrance but my life has changed so much that there’s no way I would go back to being shaven.”

“I have been on a few dates, but to be honest a lot of the guys just have a fetish, and I’m not into that.”

“I would love to be in love, I would love to date,” she said.

The model recently strutted her stuff at London Fashion week.

“I have a modelling agency in Paris. A lot of photographers just wanted to take images of the bearded lady.”

She now tells her bullies: “Your bullying gave me strength to do this.”

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