NEW IN BODY POSITIVITY: A Record Breaking Bearded Woman?!
Shaming body shamers who shame is all the rage these days (see UNDERSTANDING “BODY-PRIDE”: Celebrate Fat But… Demonize Fit?! and Famous Sex-Tape Star Kim Kardashian Is Now Mad At Your Body Shaming…). The redefining of traditional "beauty" is in full swing. Those of us who say "No, beauty is a measurement of proportions" and "One shouldn't have the BMI of a killer whale and be 'beautiful'" are constantly shouted down as hate filled crap monkeys. Bear that in mind.
The new movement in body positivity? A bearded lady. Who just won a world record for the length of her beard. And you thought Lena Dunham was bad. But here we are. Advice? Don't eat for a little while. Because of the upchuck.
No, seriously. A bearded woman who broke a record...
A model with six-inch long facial hair has become the youngest woman in the world to have a full beard, according to the Guinness World Records.
Body positivity campaigner Harnaam Kaur, 24, from Slough, Berkshire, said it was "humbling" to be included.
She described her beard as part of her quest to overcome years of bullying to cope with her appearance.
Ms Kaur has polycystic ovary syndrome, a hormonal condition that can result in the growth of excess facial hair.
I don't want to make light of what could be a serious illness. I'm just saying, a number of women have facial hair. It's called waxing.
Look, I'm not polycystic shaming here either. She's got facial hair. She was bullied for it as a young person. Or so I assume. Maybe she's being bullied now. Perhaps she'll call me out for it on Twitter later. But we're reaching critical mass here with the redefining beauty thing. The "body positivity" thing is going a bit nuts. I understand not all of us ladies are Adriana Lima. Not all dudes are Chris Hemsworth. We can't all be beautiful. Why is that an unacceptable notion, though? We're not all pretty. It's impossible. Why is beauty the ultimate in attainment? I'm not getting that one.
But to parade ourselves around, embracing that which makes us deliberately un-pretty, while trying to call it pretty, I'm sorry, but I must draw a line. Ms. Kaur here is not beautiful. Could she be if she lost the beard? Maybe. Should she so proudly embrace a hormonal imbalance the makes her look like a dude? She has that choice to make. Fine by me. Shave, don't shave, decorate it with gems. See if I care. But do not demand I view a bearded lady as beautiful. Because I don't. Because she's not.
But hey. Ladies with beards. Welcome to 2016.