A Bearded woman! This word might seem weird to someone, who heard this for the first time in his/her life but it is a real-life fact for some ladies. A woman who can grow excessive facial hair is known as a bearded woman.
According to studies, out of each fourteen girl’s group, one has a female beard. Some ladies find it shameful to have the prominent beard they struggle throughout their life in hiding their beard secret. But there are some daring women who fought with their fear, they have not only revealed their deepest secret to the whole world but became the inspiration for other girls with a beard.
Most Famous Bearded Women
Here, you will come to know the lives of those inspiring ladies who proved that having a female beard is not shameful at all.
1. Vivian Wheeler
Beard is part of my body that’s why I don’t shave it.
Vivian Wheeler is a bearded woman who struggled a lot in her entire life. She was a hermaphrodite when born but doctors removed her male organs with the consent of her parents. Despite that, she continued to grow her female beard even at the age of five.
Her father used her as a money bank by sending her to circus shows for the sake of money, never realizing the troubles that Wheeler had to face. She performed in sideshows for many years. She also holds a Guinness book of world record for having 11 inches long beard as a woman. Vivian used to shave her beard for different events. She said, “I used to shave my beard because of the low self-esteem of people around me”. But after the death of her mother, she never shaved her beard but embraced it for her entire life.
2. Rose Geil
With a beard, I feel more confident, sexy and feminine.
Rose Geil, a girl with a long beard who first noticed her facial hair at the age of 13. At that time she had low self-esteem and kept this secret hidden even from her family. She used to wear full sleeves, awkward makeup, and dressing in hiding her excessive hair from her schoolfellows. Rose tried many treatments and taken various medicines in order to get rid of her beard, but then she realized that beard is actually her confidence.
Rose then started to embrace her female beard and accepted the real her after that. She said that the people around give her the most confidence as they admire her courageous nature and a huge number of people follows her on social media platforms due to her strong self-esteem and motivation.
3. Jennifer Miller
Hair symbolizes the power. If I didn’t keep my beard, it would be a statement of hopelessness.
Jennifer Miller is the bearded lady who occupies huge achievements in her career life. She is a writer, actor, performer, director, and professor. Her famous books are the golden racket, cracked ice and the jewels of the forbidden skates. She is a professor of performance at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. She has received many awards such as Bessie, Obie, and Ethyl Eichelberger. Jennifer is also the director of circus amok.
4. Harnaam Kaur
I love my female beard. It shows that we all are different. I will cherish my beard forever as it has opened those doors for me that led me towards the destination of body positive activist.
Harnaam Kaur is an inspirational girl with a beard who is a British model, motivational speaker, and anti-bullying activist. She had faced a lot of bullying and taunts by her schoolfellows and people in her surrounding for almost seven years. She got beaten by people several times and was so depressed at that time that she did serious suicidal attempts. Then a time came in her life, despite all the heart-wrenching bullying and comments, she did not loss her confidence.
Now she believes, “Your differences are what’s needed for this society to flourish! So shine with all of your bright light”. She never let the odd eyes and harsh comments of people to come on her way but used them as motivation instead.
5. Bear Schwarz
I have an extremely feminine beard. It expresses my intense womanhood.
Bear is a performer at sideshows, writer, opera singer, and spoken word artist. She noticed her female beard growth at the age of fourteen. She was so uncomfortable about it that she tried every method to remove her facial hair permanently.
After sixteen years of regular shaving, she decided to embrace her female beard after winning the beard competition. She also decorates her beard with stylish ribbons. She named herself ‘little-bearded bear’. She never paid attention to people’s harsh comments and their questions about her gender.
6. Mariam Dadgar
I’m very grateful for having a beard.
Mariam Dadgar is a palm as well as a psychic reader. She is also a performer at different sideshows and circuses. She got her first female beard after the birth of her son. Her mother did not support her for growing the beard. People around her used to laugh at her and stare at her with shock that annoyed her most of the time. She used to pluck her chin hair with tweezers, but eventually, her facial hair started to grow darker. She got inspired by seeing the pictures of Jennifer Miller and decided to embrace her beard.
7. Nova Galaxia
It is not scary for being hairy.
Nova is a young girl with a beard, now known worldwide for her bravery. At the age of fifteen, her beard started to grow. She faced a lot of bullies and cruel comments from her class fellows. She was embarrassed to have facial hair but later her embarrassment turned into embracement. Nova got her inspiration from Harnaam Kaur (A British model with a female beard) and decided to grow her beard after thirteen years of regular shaving.
8. Annalisa Hackleman
After embracing my beard, I feel more womanly, free, and confident. It is true that I do not like my beard but I have accepted it as it gave me more self-awareness and self- esteem.
Annalisa is a brave bearded woman who proved that a woman can look beautiful even with a long beard. She is a professional photographer. Her beard started to grow at the age of thirteen. She got depressed and wanted to stay at home for most of her time. She underwent several laser treatments for her hair removal but soon realized that it’s a battle for a lifetime.
After embracing her beard in public she got many death threats via emails but she did not bother any of these threats and people’s trolling. She always encourages other women to embrace their natural beauty even when she is struggling to appreciate herself too.
9. Kore Bobisuthi
The comments of people bother me but I do not let these comments to let me down. Yes, I grow a beard that is what who I am.
Kore is a bearded lady who belongs to Portland. She is a courageous mother who took a very hard decision of embracing her beard and showing it to the world. She faced bullying of many people who passed by her. People were so mean that they used to follow her and shout at her, she had no option but to hid in any store that came in her way. She said, “I have to prepare myself for bullying before leaving the home”. She won a bearded competition that built more confidence in her.
10. Jessa Olmstead
I want to be able to reach out and touch folks to let them know, hey, whatever is weird or odd or strange or whatever you think makes you a freak, celebrate it. Everyone has their beard. Wear it well!
Jessa the bearded woman! She has chosen her beard as her career goal. She is such a passionate lady. When her beard started to grow, she decided to work as a street performer. She has performed in several sideshows where she talks with the people and answers their mean as well as strange questions. She has performed in many circuses where she played with the different reptiles.
11. Alma Torres
I grow my lady beard only to encourage other women who are facing the same issue as I am.
Alma Torres is a photographer who got her first female beard grown at the age of 16. She used to shave her facial hair regularly, even three to five times a single day. She stopped going to school to prevent herself from any abuse.
People used to call her cancer, ugly and told her to kill herself. She underwent facial piercing to drag people’s attention from her lady beard. But then she got tired for shaving her beard for constantly eight years and decided to embrace it.
What Are The Reasons Behind Women’s Beard?
There are several reasons that cause the beard growth in women. Some of the major causes are as follows:
The major reason for women’s beard is hormonal imbalances that occur due to the large production of a hormone known as androgen. Androgen is a male hormone. Excess production of androgen in females caused due to a high level of insulin in women’s bodies.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
The other reason for excessive androgen is the PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome). It causes excessive hair and beard growth in females. In this condition, a number of cysts surround the ovary leading the ovary to produce a more male hormone (androgen).
In some ladies, beard growth does not occur due to any disease or disorder. It occurs because of the heredity. You can read the Darwin theory of heredity for better understanding.
Some medicines like minoxidil that are taken by women for high blood pressure can become the cause of beard growth in ladies.
Ovary and adrenal gland’s tumor are also the cause of androgen production which ultimately leads to beard growth.
We hope these ladies inspired you too through their bravery against their life hurdles. These afore-mentioned ladies grew their female beard to aware the world from the PCOs and got admired by people because of their courage and self-confidence. As an educated and responsible being, we should teach the other society members to accept those persons who have something different than usual. Our weird glance can affect someone’s self-esteem badly.