Bearded body confidence advocate: There's more to life than what people look like

Staff writer

For years Harnaam Kaur was bullied for the way she looked, but eventually she was able to rise above the negativity and accept herself for who she was. Now she's motivating others to embrace their own glorious uniqueness.

With a huge following on social media and a burgeoning career as a model and speaker Kaur is leading a life that successfully challenges gender norms and beauty standards across the world.

Kaur has had a full beard, a symptom of her polycystic ovaries, since she was 16, entering the Guinness Book of World Records in 2016 as the youngest woman to have a full beard.

Speaking to the Guardian that year she told them: "As a child I would read it, and try to break the records. Being in it is about celebrating myself." She also dismissed the idea that this was encouraging the circus sideshow slant that the media often pin on women with facial hair. "They can try to make a freakshow out of me, but my voice and my message is much stronger than that. I have power in my voice."