At the age of 16, Harnaam Kaur made a decision that would not only change the way others saw her, but her own perception of beauty.

Diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome at the age of 11, Kaur spent her teens trying to rid herself of the facial hair that shadowed her face.

The condition, which sees an increased production in male to female hormones, meant Kaur was forced to wax her face two to three times a week.

On those days when waxing became too painful she would be forced to shave.

Bullied and depressed, Kaur says at the age of 16 she hit her biggest low.

“I had been suicidal all year due to immense bullying from school and people in society. I hid away and did not want to venture out into the public,” she told Rock & Roll Bride.

“I remember sitting on my bed and thinking about taking my own life. But instead, as I sat there, I started to counsel myself.”

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It proved to be a life changing moment for Kaur who decided to finally embrace her beard.

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