You may recognize Harnaam Kaur as a beautiful model and a body-positive activist. Kaur has polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), which is a hormonal disorder that often causes women to grow extra body hair — for Kaur, that meant growing a beard when she was 11 years old. As you can imagine, this resulted in horrible bullying throughout her childhood and teen years. Before Kaur embraced her uniqueness, she would get horribly painful waxes three times a week.
Now, the activist is a model — in fact, she was the first woman with a beard to walk the runway at London Fashion Week in February 2016, and she has posed for Urban Bridesmaid Photography.
Kaur, 24, wrote about her runway accomplishment on Instagram:
“I grew up being told I was too fat, ugly and disgusting to even model … I was laughed at when I said I wanted to model… Jokes on my bullies.”
Well, Harnaam has one more accomplishment to add to her already amazing list: a Guiness World Record.
As reported by The Independent, Kaur has officially been declared as the youngest woman in the world to have a full beard. On Instagram, Kaur writes:
“I can now proudly announce that I am a Guiness world record book holder! I have been wanting to publish this news for absolutely ages, but I had to keep things under wrap until the booked launched.”
She continues, “It is amazing to be valued and celebrated [for] being a Bearded Lady. I am proud to hold this amazing record.”
Harnaam beautifully represents the power, intelligence, and uniqueness inherent in the body-positive movement, and within all women who choose to love themselves. Lastly, she adds:
“I hope those who read or see my record can take away positivity [and] inspiration, and realize that no matter who you are or what you look like, you are officially amazing!”