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This Woman Refuses To Shave Her Beard Despite Abuse From Bullies

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Alma Torres, a photographer from the Bronx, New York, is using what could be a very negative situation to empower women who are going through the same thing.
The 24-year-old was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) at sixteen, which caused her to grow coarse facial hair and gain weight.

Among the symptoms of the condition are weight gain and facial hair growth, side effects that have made her go viral.“I have been called ‘ugly’, others have said I should ‘kill myself,’” she said. “People have told me ‘go wax your ugly a**’ and have called me ‘cancer’.” said Torres to the Daily Mail.

For years, Torres shaved her face in an attempt to try and hide her rare condition, but now, she’s decided to embrace the symptoms, despite the fact she’s received a lot of criticism for proudly sporting a beard.

“People usually don’t make comments in front of me. Most are over the internet but I will get stares,” she continued. “I’ve noticed people trying to take pictures of me but I just laugh and smile. I know it’s not a big deal so I’m okay with it.”

“I think everybody has their own insecurities and when they don’t feel good about themselves they try to hurt other people to try to make themselves feel better,” she continued. “I have helped a lot of people feel good about themselves, we need more girl power.”

Torres also suffers from other PCOS symptoms, such as ovary and abdominal pain, fatigue, irregular periods, anxiety and depression.
Despite the debilitating symptoms, Torres isn’t letting the condition bring her spirits down.

These 3 weeks have been shitty for me and I’ve barely done anything to make me feel like me. I haven’t done my hair, nor dressed up or taken pictures. This ish has been taking a toll on me lovely… yesterday I decided to push myself to do my hair & take pictures… Question, if I was to never write how I’ve been feeling… would you have known that I haven’t been okay? I don’t think so. #NEVERJUDGEABOOKBYITSCOVER. #snapseenitfirst #StayBeautiful #StayPositive #StayYOU! #Effyourbeautystandards #BeYOU! #StruggleIsApartOfTheStory #PcosAwarenessInSeptember #Hirsutism #Cysters #WeAre1in10 #SpreadAwareness #HarnaamKaurInspired #EYBS #BeardedWoman #FacialHair #PCOSStruggles #ExcessHairGrowth #TealIsABigDeal #ThisTooShallPass #BeardedLady #HarnaamKaur #FindingMyself #Courage #Bravery #Warrior #IAmMe #ILoveMe #beardedbbw

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“When I was first told, I started crying and I thought it was a really bad thing,” she admitted. “They (doctors) said the word ‘disease’ and I thought it was really bad until I did my own research.”

“About two or three years ago, I was starting to feel more confident and positive about myself,” she added. “I look up to women who are body confident.”

And now she’s hoping to help other women who are also suffering from the condition, by reassuring them that they shouldn’t let the negative side effects of PCOS define them.

Today makes 5 months I’ve been growing my beard and when I tell you it’s changed me completely… I love how I can go outside and not care what anyone thinks anymore. I can walk around with a smile on my face because I know deep down inside I’m beautiful and I love myself. It took a while to feel that way but I’m glad I got here. I got here with the support of family nd some friends while because of it I lost others and that’s clearly fine with me because I don’t live to please no one. My mother & nephew loves me, beard or no beard and that’s all that matters to me. My niece who said “Dad Titi has this thing that makes her grow a beard and I think it’s so cool” things like that put a smile on my face; Nick Holliday to say “I know how hard it is to deal with things, and let it grow the beard suits you” that was just it. I knew I had to be different in a world that wants you to be the same as everyone, I want others to know that no matter what they’re beautiful! #DontMindMySeptum #BallFell lol anyways #StayBeautiful #StayPositive #StayYOU! #Effyourbeautystandards #StruggleIsApartOfTheStory #PcosAwarenessInSeptember #Hirsutism #Cysters #WeAre1in10 #SpreadAwareness #HarnaamKaurInspired #EYBS #BeardedWoman #FacialHair #PCOSStruggles #ExcessHairGrowth #TealIsABigDeal #ThisTooShallPass #BeardedLady #HarnaamKaur #FindingMyself #Courage #Bravery #Warrior #IAmMe #ILoveMe #BeardedBBW

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Torres said she has learned to deal with it herself and with the help of her boyfriend of five years.
“When I started to grow it I looked at him and asked him, ‘Babe, what if I grow my beard? Would it bother you?’ she said. “His answer was ‘nope, it’s just hair. That’s normal’.” added Torres.
But Torres gathered up all the courage in the world to fight against beauty standards and bravely accept her condition.
“Having the beard has made me a better person,” she said. “I feel more confident and I want to encourage other women with PCOS to feel the same.”

“I know how other women feel and I just want them to know that I’m there for them and that you can be who you are and you can be beautiful.

“I want to tell other PCOS sufferers that this is who you are but if you want to change it then its fine but if you feel comfortable then don’t change,” she added. “I don’t want to change… I’m happy with the way I am.”

Source:twentytwowords

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