The movie ‘The Greatest Showman’ has drawn attention to women with facial hair but, before its release in 2017, how did women with the condition cope? Also, after the movie, has the stigma surrounding it disappeared?
Alma Torres was 16 when she was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a condition in which the insulin levels in the body are incredibly high.
The condition is characterized by an increased production of hormones like testosterone, which could lead to irregular periods (or none at all), fertility problems, pelvic pain and excess hair, amongst other symptoms.
The now 24-year-old told Daily Mail that she used to hide her beard by shaving it, but as time went on, she realized it was part of her and so she has been growing it since August 2017.
She asked her boyfriend if he was cool with it and, like any great guy, he said,
"Yes, it's just hair. That is normal."
Torres also added that Taylor, her boyfriend of 5 years has stood by her. Can we give this guy a round of applause for being such a supportive boyfriend?
Recounting the uphill experience, she said people have been mean to her, mostly on social media, telling her to shave or kill herself.
Can't we be nicer to one another online? No one should talk down on people because of what they perceive to be an abnormality. We fail to understand how our words can drive others over the edge.
Torres, however, went on to add that keeping the beard has improved her self-image by making her more confident.
"I've noticed people trying to take pictures of me but I just laugh and smile. I know it is not a big deal so I'm okay with it," she added.
Way to go girl!
She is fast becoming a beacon of hope to other people who suffer from PCOS. She lends a helping hand and encourages them to embrace the condition as there is no cure for it yet.
Torres is, no doubt, happy with who she is. Beards or no beards, she is a complete woman!