Harnaam Kaur is a British model, body positivity activist, and motivational speaker on self-love. Her journey with polycystic ovarian syndrome led her to experience a growth in body hair, in particular on her face, which challenged how Kaur perceived herself in relationship to gender norms.
Harnaam was originally known for being the youngest woman in the world to have a full beard, but is now known as a prominent advocate for mental health, body image and LGBTQIA issues. In her talk, she discusses the importance of embracing beauty, whatever form it may come in.
The removal of women's body hair has been a social requirement for as long as I can remember. At age 14, I was begging my mum to let me get my eyebrows threaded and my upper lip waxed, and for her to finally introduce me to "the razor.