Woman who spent 20 years shaving embraces hair and beats men in beard contests
প্রকাশিত তারিখ : August 24, 2019 | আপডেট সময়: 8:22 PM
A woman spent decades trying to get rid of her chin hairs.
But after 20 years of going clean-shaven, Rose Geil has decided to embrace her fuzz.
The 42-year-old, who has been diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome, has since beaten blokes in beard competitions.
Rose, from Oregan, USA, has been shaving since she was 13.
As she has PCOS – a condition that impacts hormone levels in the body – she experienced rapid hair growth.
This led to her shaving her chest and face, which she sometimes had to remove twice a day.
Rose remembered: “It kept me from participating in school, having sleepovers and going camping – I was really hesitant.
“I didn’t know what to do until I picked up a razor one day.
“I kept it hidden, it was easier when I was in school.
“A lot of my school friends didn’t realise the extent and how often I was shaving.”
Over the years, Rose kept her hair growth a secret.
It wasn’t until she was 38 that she found the strength to embrace her hairs.
She said: “Only my close lovers had a clue until I grew the beard.
“I was really embarrassed to my very core to stop shaving.
“It took me about five days of not shaving, serious self love and looking in the mirror, saying ‘I am not hideous and disgusting and it actually suits me’.
“I had to look myself in the eye and say nice things, then I felt so much better not scraping and shaving my skin.
“Now, my showers have gone from 20 minutes to seven minutes and I can’t imagine my life without my beard.
“I can’t even imagine how much money I spent on razors in my life.”
Four years on, the dog walker is now confident enough to enter beard competitions.
While she used to hide her facial hair, she now travels the world showing it off.
Rose said: “I saw an ad on Facebook for a competition in Portland.
“My friends encouraged me to go and I just thought wouldn’t it be fun to come and beat all those men.
“I’m the only woman with a natural beard competing so I’m always a crowd favourite.
“But unfortunately while I do happen to have a spectacular and full beard, my moustache doesn’t keep up with the guys.”
The PCOS patient finally feels comfortable in her skin – but this doesn’t stop strangers from making cruel comments.
Some give Rose abuse for her beard, while others mistake her for being a man.
She said: “Men do get in my face asking why I’m in a dress.
“I get trouble in the car park, when I use women’s bathrooms.
“Sometimes it makes me stay home because I don’t want to deal with people.
‘I’m never just another person going to the shop. I’m constantly misgendered.
“It takes people a while to accept that I’m a woman.
“People look for something in my pants that isn’t there. It embarrasses me.
“If I didn’t have my beard that wouldn’t happen.”
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