Pictures of women in history who grew out their beards:
This is Jusepe de Ribera’s 1631 painting, “The Bearded Woman.”
So why are some women able to grow beards?
There are a few reasons to why a woman could grow a beard. Although it is rare, there are a small number of women who are able to grow enough facial hair to have a true beard. Here are some reason to why a woman would grow a beard:
- Hormonal Differences caused by intersex traits, or intersex conditions. This is called by doctors “hormonal intersexuality”. Such as Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH), or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Some are saying that PCOS is a form of intersex traits. Intersex traits could be as common as 1 in 150 people.
- Some women who have Partial Androgen Insensitivity (PIAS) can have facial hair too, and their chromosomal make-up would be XY, but they naturally appear women to the world.
- Rare Genetic Disorders, such as Hypertrichosis.
- Taking Anabolic Steroids, or Testosterone. This could happen with weight trainers, or with transgender men.
- Although not talked about in this blog transgender women who have not had hair removal.
Several Modern Day Bearded Women:
Here is a modern day lady’s story, about a woman named Mariam. She has been letting her facial grow since 2008.: Bearded woman says facial hair makes her feel sexy
This lady has Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome; but now does not treat it, allows herself to just be, and is at peace with herself now. Watch her story below:
Bearded Lady Beats the Bullies
Vivian Wheeler, Bearded lady: I’m not a mistake:
Below: Fuzzy Talk with Little Bear the Bearded Lady (My PCOS Story):
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Bri Crofton is a bearded genderqueer woman. She is passionate about normalizing women’s facial hair and promoting self-love. Bri’s invested in helping the world to be a more compassionate place. She is also a Reiki-practicing witch who is devoted to the goddess Brighid and loves creating jewelry. She dropped out of school and traveled the country after being accepted to college at 15, but having the opportunity withheld. The world has been and continues to be, her classroom in so many ways.