NEW YORK: A young woman with a beard from a hormonal condition has shut down trolls who attempted to ridicule her knowing that lady was suffering from rare medical condition.
Alma Torres, 24, who lives in New York has embraced her facial hair despite cruel hecklers telling her to “kill herself”.
Alma was diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) when she was 16, causing her to grow thick facial hair as well as other symptoms including weight gain and infertility.
After spending years hiding her condition by shaving, the photographer is now proud of her beard and is encouraging other sufferers to be confident in themselves.
Her boyfriend of five years, Taylor, 22, previously used to help her tweezer it out but revealed her facial hair doesn’t affect their relationship, and he thinks it’s “beautiful” as it is “natural”.
“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,” she added.
“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.
“I have helped a lot of people feel good about themselves, we need more girl power.
“Having the beard has made me such a better person. 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.”
Despite receiving backlash from online hecklers since growing her beard in August last year she has a loving boyfriend who supports her decision to grow her facial hair.
Alma said: “I told Taylor about my beard when we started dating. I was shaving at this point so there were times he would see me frustrated and help me tweeze it.
Since Alma was diagnosed with PCOS she has also suffered from severe abdominal pain, ovary pain, fatigue, irregular periods as well as depression and anxiety.