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•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
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
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