Some women have hair in places they'd rather not have hair. Sometimes, that hair is on their face and, yes, sometimes they use a razor to get rid of it. This should surprise no one, yet there's a stigma associated with women shaving their facial hair.
Australian blogger Tina-Marie Beznec wants to fight this stigma and bring awareness to a disorder that causes unwanted hair growth. Beznec suffers from a condition called polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, a disorder that causes a hormonal imbalance in women. And she's not alone. As many as 5 million American women may be affected by PCOS.
In an effort to bring awareness to the issue, Beznec recently created a post on Facebook that shows four different images of herself shaving her face.
"I have Polycystic ovary syndrome. As well as depression, anxiety, infertility, weight gain, hormonal imbalances, bloating, abdominal pains, acne, cysts, increased risk of cancer and everything else, a lot of woman including myself have to deal with facial hair," she captioned the photo. "Do you know how UNFEMININE this can make a woman feel?!? I've always been super self conscious about it, but really just have to put this out there because I want [to] create more awareness around this syndrome and how much it can impact someone's life especially if they don't know they have it."
You've heard it time and time again, but Beznec urges people to refrain from judging others based on their appearance because what you're seeing never tells the whole story.
"When you see someone who is overweight, has bald patches, or a woman who has facial hair DO NOT JUDGE," she wrote. "You never know what a person is going through and it's unfair to put someone into the "lazy and unhealthy" category without knowing their story. I know it's only natural for some of us to judge someone based on how they look but remember we are all fighting our own battles and you can never understand if you aren't willing to learn and listen..."
There are plenty of women who don't have PCOS that shave or shaved their face as well. Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, and famed beauty blogger Hude Kattan are just a few of these women. Benefits associated with doing so include the removal of dead skin, exfoliation, and it can even help to clear up your skin.
On the other hand, there are women, such as body confidence activist Harnaam Kaur, who choose to sport a full beard instead.
At the end of the day, it's your face, your hair, and your choice.