German woman Mariam says she is happy to have had the chance to live with a beard Photo:
German woman Mariam says she is happy to have had the chance to live with a beard Photo:

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Sorry to ruin the illusion fellas, but this task is one that most women have to endure on a daily basis – plucking, threading, waxing and lasering away unwanted facial hair.

But there’s one brave woman who has decided to put down the tweezers and let her beard grow – and now says she feels sexier, and more confident than ever.

German born Mariam, who appeared on British daytime television program This Morning, said that she began sprouting thick facial hair after the birth of her son 28 years ago.

10 years on, Mariam, who had a series of tests to rule out serious medical problems associated with excessive hair growth, was tweezing out hair that was thick enough to become a full beard reports Yahoo!Shine.

"My chin got really red and inflamed from all the plucking, and some of the hairs were ingrown, so it always looked like I'd fallen on my chin. But when people asked what had happened and I told them they couldn't believe it.

"I thought about it all the time. I had to double check before leaving the house that it was OK, and take a mirror in my pocket. That was life.”

She tried electrolysis three times, "but it just grew back."

It wasn’t until she was unemployed and living alone in 2008, that Mariam decided to let her beard sprout.

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"One day I realised that the hair on my chin belongs to my body and that it should be there," she explained on her blog.

"When I decided to let it grow it didn't feel brave, it was more like a curiosity," said Mariam, who now travels with a circus as the bearded lady act. "There was a big fear that everyone would turn away and nobody would talk to me anymore."

When the program host asked if the beard made her feel sexy, Mariam replied, "Yes. I feel also more confident with myself and know myself better then when I was younger... I am happy."

While she received negative attention via the internet ("some people say people like me should be sent to Russia or shot, but that's just one person on the internet writing horrible stuff") Mariam has been inspired by the positive comments too.

"Other people say it's courageous and inspiring. So there are both sides."

"Today I am happy to have had the chance to live with a beard," she wrote on her blog. "It is an experience that has taught me a lot!"

Famous Furry Actresses

Elizabeth Taylor suffered from hypertrichosis, a condition that caused dark hair to grow all over her body, and while that gave her famously thick eyebrows and eye-lashes, it also caused hair to grow in her ears and nose (the actress was known to shave her face to keep it looking smooth on camera).

Elizabeth Taylor Photo: Getty Images

Meanwhile, Marilyn Monroe had downy hair all over her face, caused by a hormone-heavy beauty cream. Gene London, a Marilyn Monroe expert, told British Vogue, "They [studio chiefs] wanted to remove the facial hair, but Marilyn absolutely refused. She said that when the light hit the fuzz it caused her face to have a soft glow, so they didn't have to photograph her through special lenses, lace or Vaseline the way they did with so many stars."

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