Woman quits shaving and allows her beard and body-hair to grow
Rose Geil has been battling with excess hair on her face ever since she was a teenager but all that came to an end after she started letting her beard grow.
The 41-year-old from Portland tried everything to get rid of her facial hair, but nothing worked, and her social life suffered a lot because of it.
During an interview with "This Morning," Geil revealed that she now feels comfortable in her own skin and that the support she received from social media really helped her.
Initially, teenager Geil would shave the hair off her face every morning before school, as well as her sideburns, which she kept hidden from her own family. Follow us on our Twitter account @amomama_usa to learn more.
KEEPING IT A SECRET
She didn't want anyone to know that she, a girl, was growing a beard, but eventually, her mother caught up with the situation and, according to Geil, she didn't know how to react.
They tried several treatments, including prescribed medicine and laser surgery, but nothing worked. She was eventually diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome and this made Geil's life very hard, especially in school.
A ROUGH CHILDHOOD
Due to her odd appearance, Geil would usually shy away from her peers out of fear of being ridiculed, so she spent most of the time alone. Going to class on a regular basis was very hard for her and she didn't engage in normal activities.
THE TURNING POINT
In 2015, Geil stopped shaving and she has been so much happier ever since. Her confidence grew as she found a community online which didn't conform to a conventional look or gender roles.
A NEW BEGINING
That inspired Geil to be herself and she even starting getting some attention from men around the world, something didn't actually surprise her because there 'are all kinds of people in the world who are attracted to all kinds of things.'
Geil isn't the first woman to ever grow a bear nor will she be the last; in fact, there are several women just like her, such as Nova Galaxia, a beauty blogger who also suffers from polycystic ovary syndrome, who decided to embrace her facial hair.