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And the bride wore flowers in her beard… Woman with excess facial hair challenges beauty norms by posing in a wedding dress for vintage-style shoot

Harnaam Kaur has has polycystic ovary syndrome which has cause her to grow facial hair from the age of 11

•Harnaam Kaur has a condition that causes her to grow excessive body hair
•After converting to Sikhism, 23-year-old decided to embrace her beard
•She models in a bridal shoot which sees her hair adorned with flowers

A woman who suffers from a condition that makes her grow excessive facial hair has challenged beauty norms - by starring in a bridal shoot.

Harnaam Kaur, 23, models a vintage-style gown in the softly-lit photo series and has wild flowers threaded through her beard along with eye-catching floral arrangements ornamenting her turban.

The shoot was conceived by wedding photographer Louisa Coulthurst, from south London, from Urban Bridesmaid, who called upon Harnaam as her latest muse and model.

Harnaam Kaur has has polycystic ovary syndrome which has cause her to grow facial hair from the age of 11

Harnaam, from Slough, Berkshire, has polycystic ovary syndrome which causes the body to produce more male hormones, which an trigger the growth of excess body hair.

The teaching assistant started to grow facial hair from the age of 11, and spent thousands of pounds desperately trying to get rid of it to maintain smooth, hairless skin.

As well as the expense Harnaam suffered years of serious bullying which left her feeling so depressed that she considered ending her life until one day she had an epiphany.

She told Rock N Roll Bride: 'At the age of 16 I hit my biggest low. I had been suicidal all year due to immense bullying from school and people in society.

'As I sat there, I started to counsel myself. I told myself: 'The energy you are putting into ending your life, put all that energy into turning your life around and doing something better'.'

South London based photographer Louisa Coulthurst invited Harnaam to star in her latest wedding shoot
South London based photographer Louisa Coulthurst invited Harnaam to star in her latest wedding shoot

Louisa says she had always been fascinated by beards with flowers and wanted to try them on a womanLouisa emailed Harnaam who was excited to take part

Louisa says she had always been fascinated by beards with flowers and wanted to try them on a woman

She made the decision to be baptised as a Sikh, a religious commitment that forbids cutting hair so she decided to embrace her looks and allowed her beard to grow.

'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,' she said in an interview conducted after her photo was included in an exhibition celebrating the world's best facial hair.

'It makes me feel like a brave, confident woman who isn't afraid to break society's norms.'

Now completely comfortable with her appearance Harnaam was thrilled to take part in the unique wedding shoot.

The series sees Harnaam fully embracing her facial hair that is adorned with flowers as she showcases a selection of wedding gowns.

Harnaam Kaur has embraced her beard after becoming a Sikh

Harnaam suffered years of torments for her hirsute look and became suicidal at the age of 16 
Harnaam suffered years of torments for her hirsute look and became suicidal at the age of 16

But after being baptised as a Sikh she made the decision to let her beard grow and is now body confident
But after being baptised as a Sikh she made the decision to let her beard grow and is now body confident

Louisa, who has been passionate about photography from the age of 11, invited Harnaam to star in the shoot after seeing her famous portrait.

She explained to Rock N Roll Bride: 'I first saw Harnaam's portrait in the Beard Exhibition held at Somerset House in March.

'She was the only female in the exhibition. I then went online and Googled her and read up on her. I had always been intrigued by the thought of floral beards and a thought came to me of wouldn't it be cool to have a floral beard on a woman. I emailed Harnaam and she was excited and wanted to get involved.'

Louisa first became aware of Harnaam after seeing her portrait in a Somerset House exhibition about beards
Louisa first became aware of Harnaam after seeing her portrait in a Somerset House exhibition about beards
 

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Comment by Sofia Levis on February 13, 2021 at 6:56am

This girl is very brave! And what a wonderful flower arrangement she has! Such an unusual and stylish solution for a wedding. I certainly like classic flower arrangements too, here is a good example: https://instaflora.net/en-gb/delivery-flowers-russia . But in this situation, I give credit for the courage, creative thinking and incredible ability to turn disadvantages into advantages.

Comment by loretta Grace on July 10, 2015 at 11:34pm
Correct
Comment by loretta Grace on July 10, 2015 at 11:32pm
She is beautiful, all the women in my from PCOS,sometime I let mind grow to.Cause I can't shave, it makes my face swells.
Glad they have Nair for your face,now it's much easier
Comment by eldin on July 3, 2015 at 3:58pm

She is beautiful!

Comment by Shamir Akida on July 3, 2015 at 1:33pm
More life more power, good for her

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