Since the age of 16, Harnaam Kaur has been growing out hair in a particularly unique region of her body. Diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome that increasing hair growth, the now 23-year-old has embraced her beard.
According to UK’s Daily Mail, she initially tried waxing, shaving and bleaching before being baptized a Sikh, which forbids the cutting of body hair. But in recent years, she’s embraced the look as a way to bring awareness to the disease.
Kaur and her facial hair are now being celebrated by Project 60, a initiative created by Australian activist Scott Maggs to raise awareness about skin cancer by urging people to grow facial hair through winter.
“It’s incredible to be the only bearded woman among all these men,” Kaur said. “It makes me feel really strong. And raising awareness for such a good cause is like a cherry on the top.”
Those interested in joining the movement, women or men, can find out more at Beard Season, the non-profit behind the campaign.