A lady with a beard – and she is proud of it


Harnaam Kaur

Harnaam Kaur was 11 years old when started having facial hair due to polycystic ovary syndrome, a condition that is known for excessive hair growth in some women.

Harnaam had a tough time

Harnaam did not have one of the ideal childhood and even teen years because of this syndrome.

“I got bullied badly. At school I was called a ‘beardo’ and things like ‘shemale’ and ‘sheman’,” she said.

And the problem still exists, “I still get shop assistants calling me ‘sir’ and strange looks from people. They see my beard first and realize I’ve actually got breasts, too. It must be confusing for a lot of people.”

She tried to handle the problem

Harnaam did try a lot of remedies like waxing twice a week, bleaching and shaving but nothing worked and all these remedies made life more difficult as her hair used to grow back way more thicker.

Then at age 16, she entered ‘Sikhism’ but the decision was not entirely welcomed by her family. One of the traits of Sikhs is that they let their body hair grow.

But it was not an easy decision and she did shave off her face after being baptized as ‘Sikh’.

“I removed my beard once during a really low moment. But when I’d done it, all I could do was cry because I didn’t feel like myself,” she said.

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Her brother was the savior

Harnaam got all the strength to have a beard on her face from her brother.

“My brother was actually the one person who was completely shocked by what I had done — he hugged me and said I had looked so beautiful with my beard, he didn’t understand why I had done it,” she explained.

And that was the moment when Harnaam determined to be herself and never worry about all those extra hair.

“It was from that point that I thought I’m never going to remove it ever again.”

Acceptance and love for herself

And finally the lady has learnt to accept and love herself as the way she is.

“I feel more feminine, more sexy and I think I look it too. I’ve learned to love myself for who I am nothing can shake me now.”


  1. This is of course an abnormality in females and needs to be treated medically like any other abnormality. Till that time she has to accept the reality. As far as Sikhs are concerned they respect Creation and live in God given form. Sikhs don’t complain to God about the hair on their body, hair on body is the intent of God. Sons and daughters don’t complain to their parents, who gave them birth, about their looks. Modern medical science too have proved it that hairs as they naturally grow on specific areas of body to specific length are not without purpose.