This Exhibition Of The World’s Best Beards Features A Really Inspirational Woman

Two facts: Harnaam Kaur is a lady with a beard, and she is awesome.

1. Do you remember Harnaam Kaur?

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The 23-year-old woman was featured on BuzzFeed earlier this year.

2. At the age of 11 she began to grow a beard as a result of polycystic ovary syndrome. Despite her best efforts to get rid of it, it grew too quickly to hide by waxing or shaving.

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She was bullied at school and in the street because of it. At her lowest ebb, she was frightened to leave the house, self-harming and considering suicide.

Then she was baptized as a Sikh – a religion that forbids the cutting of any body hair. And she gradually accepted that she could be beautiful with a beard.

3. Well, just look at her now.

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4. She’s one of several people featured in #Project60, a portrait series which the organisers think contains the best 60 beards in the world.

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It’s been created to mark the launch of Beard Season, a charity that wants to encourage people to grow beards over the winter to raise awareness of skin cancer. Above you see Michael Legge, who has a quite magnificent beard.

5. Note – this man in a denim jacket is quite possibly the manliest man that ever manned.

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(His name is Jimmy Niggles).

6. Although this guy, who’s probably his dad or something, is also extremely manly.

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(This is Frank Moon).

7. In summary, everyone involved in this competition looks awesome.

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(This is Simon Sankywashere).

8. Kaur told Barcroft Media: “It’s incredible to be the only bearded woman among all these men. It makes me feel really strong.”

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She went on to say: “When I first started growing my beard it was for religious reasons but as the years have gone by I’ve kept it for more personal reasons. It makes me feel like a brave, confident woman who isn’t afraid to break society’s norms. And raising awareness for such a good cause is like a cherry on the top. When I first started growing my beard I had no idea how it could impact upon others, but it is amazing what can happen when you’re true to yourself.”

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