Polycystic ovary syndrome is a common endocrine system disorder among women, with symptoms such as unwanted facial hair. As many as 1 in 10 women of childbearing age can have this condition. Some women might shave their beards to alter their appearances, but others are extremely proud of their facial hair. Despite bullying, these ladies love who they are, and show that facial hair on a woman can be a beautiful and natural thing.
Here are 10 women who proudly embraced their facial hair and, in turn, are great role models for young girls:
1. Harnaam Kaur
Harnaam Kaur recently posed for a bridal-themed photoshoot in London. After years of facing immense bullying and considering suicide, Kaur has embraced her facial hair. "I love my beard, my stretch marks and my scars," she told the Huffington Post. "These elements make me who I am, they make me whole, they make me complete. My beard has 100% become a part of my body."
2. Annalisa Hackleman
Annalisa Hackleman was recently featured on the TLC show Strange Love, in which she has received tremendous support from her loving husband and was able to overcome her difficulties.
3. Jennifer Miller
The co-founder for Circus Amok, Jennifer Miller, has been one of the most famous bearded lady performers over the past few decades. In addition, she was a ring leader for a film festival and a professor.
4. Little Bear the Bearded Lady
Little Bear the Bearded Lady is Member of modern sideshow troupe Wreckless Freeks, a writer and an opera singer with a growing Internet presence.
Mariam, 49, used to pluck her beard daily. Now she has grown her beard out and performs as a part of a traveling circus. And she says that she feels sexier and more confident than ever.
6. Jane Barnell
Although Jane Barnell passed away many years ago, she is often considered to be one of the most famous bearded ladies of all time. She was first put on exhibition in sideshows at age 4. In addition to her circus career, she was married four times.
7. Vivian Wheeler
Vivian Wheeler has a lot to brag about since she held the Guinness World Record for the Longest Beard on a Woman (11 inches).
8. Kore Bobisuthi
Bobisuthi, a 30-year-old mother from Oakland, recently competed in the Rose City Beard and Mustache Competition. Tired of shaving, she decided to let it grow out and she was proud of it. She even received a standing ovation at the competition.
9. Jessa the Bearded Lady
Jessa the Bearded Lady, 29, gained major fame when she joined the cast of the AMC program Freakshow. And supposedly she smuggles her pet snakes in her beard.
10. Annie Jones
In many ways, Annie Jones is the original iconic bearded lady. She worked with P. T. Barnum and her career in the circus lasted for 36 years.