By Elizabeth C.
MEET MARIAM, THE BEARDED LADY WHO’S ADVANCING THE RIGHTS OF HIRSUTISM SUFFERERS THE WORLD OVER.
Do not feel sorry for Mariam, because she doesn’t feel sorry for herself. She likes her beard, thank you very much, which she wears in smartly trimmed goatee fashion. And it’s enabled her to really get to know herself better.
“Today I am happy to have had the chance to live with a beard,” she tells the world in her blog, Bearded Woman. “It is an experience that has taught me a lot!”
And, just yesterday morning she told UK’s ITV, ”I know myself more now. …I tried electrolysis three times but it just grew back – and now I’m happy with it. It is sometimes annoying when I go shopping but otherwise it has given me other opportunities.” Opportunities like travel in a bearded ladies’ circus. And explaining her medical condition.
”I want to give people the opportunity to talk to a bearded lady,” she says, ”because usually they are too scared in the street.”
She wasn’t always so liberated in self-love for her beard. She spent years plucking the coarse hairs from her chinny chin chin which first sprouted after she gave birth to her son at the age 21. But hours of tweezing left her face red and blotchy, and turned into an obsession. And she couldn’t leave the house without checking for errant whiskers.
Living alone and unemployed in 2008, she finally surrendered to her body’s hirsutism. “One day I realized that the hair on my chin belongs to my body and that it should be there,” she says. And ergo — a career was born! Mariam, who does not divulge her last name, now works as a bearded lady at a circus.
“I feel more confident with myself,” says the 49-year-old mum. “And I know myself better than when I was younger.”
And because of Mariam, we can all be more true to who we really are.