A woman who started growing facial hair as a teenager has opened up about her journey of acceptance with her unusual hair growth.
Here's the full story...
Now, this is a condition that affects more women than you'd have once believed.
Around one in fourteen women have hirsutism, a condition where "excessive" hair appears in a male pattern on women's bodies, The Guardian reported in 2017.
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is one of the more common causes of hirsutism...
With it accounting for around 3 out of every 4 hirsutism cases, according to American Family Physician.
However, thanks to what society has defined as "beautiful" in a woman over the years...
There has been, and continues to be, an overwhelming stigma surrounding the presence of female body hair.
For decades now, women have been painstakingly shaving every inch of their body hair in an attempt to keep up with society's expectations of them...
Often leaving only their head of hair behind.
But, throughout the last few years, more and more women have started to take a stand.
“Body hair is natural! I don’t understand why other women even bother to shave!!” *posts a picture of the softest, faintest, blondest leg hairs I’ve ever seen in my life*— 🐝Zodiac Miller🐝 (@awkwardlylauren) March 27, 2021
The stigma is gradually being broken down...
Can we normalize the fact that women have body hair too?— amelia 🐑 (@_wankyclexa_) March 21, 2021
Why do women need to have such little body hair....... We’re not babies— Long furby Ψ (RT 📌) (@PISSTOES) March 21, 2021
i hate how de-normalized body hair on women is meanwhile men could go out looking like literal gorillas and no one would say a thing ??— ًrora ♡’s kai (@70SAGATHA) March 24, 2021
Maybe we should stop normalizing making fun of women for having body hair /srs— ace🏳️🌈RANBOO 2MIL (@Nightmaresas) March 22, 2021
A lot of women are growing their body hair out and it’s making them feel free and liberated...And I’m just happy for whatever makes people happy!— . (@SlickMami_) March 24, 2021
When do we finally start normalizing that body hair is beautiful. Especially if women do not shave. It's not unhygienic, it's not disgusting. It is absolutely normal to have body hair. Body hair exists to protect your body so why is it something disgusting? Everyone has it.— 𝚐𝚞𝚌𝚌𝚒¹⁵ | 👺whipped👺for👺kyu👺 (@OT15sojustan) March 25, 2021
WOMEN WITH BODY HAIR 🥰🥰🥰 I LUV YOU!— sam (she/her) (@thelegitsamshaw) March 27, 2021
But now, a woman who has lived with hirsutism since she was fifteen, has spoken publicly of her journey to accepting her excess facial and body hair.
From the moment she began to grow facial hair, Klyde Warren, now twenty-seven, knew immediately that she didn't want to remove it.
Klyde, from Nebraska, explained:
"It started in school and I had a thicker moustache than normal. I just decided to embrace it straight away."
Though not everyone was too supportive of her decision.
She explained how her own mother tried to talk her into shaving her beard off.
"My mother had something to say about it. She didn't like it at all and told me to get it under control but I didn't care. I refused to shave it."
Klyde knew that it was "okay to be a little different"...
And has continued to live her life along with this mantra to this very day.
"The universe wanted it to be this way so I'm going to trust it."
"A lot of people are self-conscious but you've got to learn to be comfortable in your own skin which can be really hard."
Though, of course, it hasn't all been smooth sailing.
She admitted that she receives hurtful messages online and on dating apps such as Tinder:
"I get a lot of stares and people on Tinder will go out of their way to message me and tell me I'm disgusting and gross."
"It does bother me at the time but I'm quite confident. Nobody likes getting comments like that."
And as for the people she does date? She explained:
"Some people I date embrace it too much and just see it as my defining feature, but my last boyfriend was really supportive and loved my beard in a healthy way."
Klyde also touched upon her beauty regime...
And revealed that her beard requires very minimal upkeep, with her washing it once a day and giving it the occasional trim.
Klyde, you're amazing!