Harnaam Kaur is a British model, anti-bullying activist, body positive activist, life coach, and motivational speaker who lives in London, UK.
At the age of 12, Kaur was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome, which causes an imbalance of hormones in the body. One of the symptoms of PCOS is hirsutism, or the ability to grow excessive facial and body hair. Kaur is able to grow a full beard as a result of her condition. While Kaur initially attempted to remove her facial hair due to constant bullying from others, she has grown to embrace her unconventional appearance and has become a spokesperson for the body positivity movement.
Kaur worked as a primary school teaching assistant before coming to media attention in 2014, when she started giving public interviews. After achieving notoriety, Kaur became a full-time public figure and freelance model and motivational speaker. In March 2015, photographer Mr Elbank included a photo of Kaur in his exhibit at Somerset House in London, which featured portraits of over 80 individuals with beards. In November 2015, Kaur joined the “Eff Your Beauty Standards” campaign founded by Tess Holliday as a spokesperson and representative.
In June 2015, Kaur modelled for Rock N Roll Bride and was photographed by Louisa Coulthurst of Urban Bridesmaid Photography. In March 2016, Kaur became the first woman with a beard to walk at London Fashion Week. Signed to Wanted Models in Paris, Kaur continues to be featured in fashion spreads in both online and print magazines.
In September 2016, Kaur was included in the Guinness World Records as the youngest woman in the world to have a full beard. Her record citation read: “Now with a beard measuring as long as six inches in places, she overcame years of bullying to take ownership of her appearance and achieve this record title at the age of 24 years 282 days.”
In March 2017, Kaur was featured in the Teen Vogue article “Instagrammers Challenge Body and Facial Hair Stigma.”In August 2017, Kaur collaborated with the grooming company Captain Fawcett to create and design a beard oil elixir. Kaur models in the advertisement campaign for the beard oil.
In interviews and on social media, Kaur references the abuse and harassment she received as a teenager that led to her self-harm and attempted suicide. In 2017, Kaur contributed to panel discussions in the House of Parliament on topics relating to mental health, body image, cyberbullying, LGBTQIA and how social media, businesses, schools, and the government can help with the development of positive body images.
Kaur uses her profiles on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube to contribute to numerous body positive campaigns. She frequently posts content to promote awareness of body shaming, cyberbullying, and mental illness. Kaur also aims to challenge gender stereotypes in media. She has said, “I don’t think I believe in gender. I want to know who said a vagina is for a woman and a penis is for a man, or pink is for a girl and blue is for a boy. I am sitting here with a vagina and boobs – and a big beautiful beard.”
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When at corporate events, Harnaam is known to cover the following topics:
- Body image
- Overcoming adversity
- Health and wellbeing
- Life coaching