London: Breaking fashion stereotypes, 25-year-old Berkshire resident Harnaam Kaur became the first woman to walk down the ramp rocking a beard.
I grew up watching America's next top model, and i admired @tyrabanks whole heartedly. I always wanted to be like the pretty models, so i remember copying the way they posed and walked. I grew up being told i was to fat, ugly, and disgusting to even model. I was told i'd never walk the runway. I used to look at models and tell myself that i will never ever be able to do what they are doing. I am not pretty enough or beautiful enough and i dont have the 'right' body type. I was laughed at when i said i wanted to model. Jokes on my bullies. I was lucky enough to walk for @mariannaharutunian as the first bearded lady to walk for a celebrity jewellery designer. I was humbled to be the first model to walk and open the show for #royalfashionday with the portrait of the legendary #davidbowie looking down on me! Every path is my runway! Walk with your head up high and ooze confidence always! Xx (my lifes quote) Dreams to come true! A huge thank you to @usfashionsource and @mariannaharutunian for scouting me and allowing me to walk for the jewellery brand. 📷- @jamesalexanderlyon thank you James for capturing a precious moment. Jewellery by @mariannaharutunian Shoes- @jeffreycampbell spiked lita boots Makeup - @loribeemua Dress- @angeshowroom #harnaamkaur #mariannaharutunian #lorrainerobledo #londonfashionweek #lfw #royalfashiondaylondon #royalfashionday #beardedlady #bearderwoman #harnaamkaurdoesrunway #harnaamkaurdoesfashion
Referring to her childhood dream of becoming a model, Kaur, who recently walked the ramp for celebrity designer Marianna Harutunian at the Royal Fashion Day in London said, “I grew up watching America’s next top model, and I admired Tyra Banks wholeheartedly. I always wanted to be like the pretty models, so I remember copying the way they posed and walked. I grew up being told I was too fat, ugly, and disgusting to even model. I was told I’d never walk the runway. I used to look at models and tell myself that I will never ever be able to do what they are doing. I am not pretty enough or beautiful enough and I don’t have the ‘right’ body type.”
In just 2 days, this little girls dreams are going to come true! This little girl inside me has been waiting over a decade to finally get the chance to walk the run way. I am walking for Marianna Harutunian who is a celebrity designer. She has designed jewellery for Madonna, lady gaga, kylie jenner, paris hilton, pretty little liars, disney and so many more. Dear little me. Harnaam is making your dream come true. Thank you to all the bullies who called me ugly, fat and disgusting. Thank you to all those who made me want to kill myself. The strength i gained from over coming your bullshit has allowed me to now walk the runway for a celeb designer. Dear bullies. I love you with my whole heart! 💖💚💛💓 Show Venue: Middle Temple Hall Middle Temple Lane, London EC4Y 9AT 5pm-10pm Friday 19th feb Entry is free. I cant wait to see you all there x #harnaamkaur #beardedlady #beardedwoman #effyourbeautystandards #androgyny #marieclaire #alternativebeauty #bodyconfidence #bodyconfidenceactivist #antibullyingactivist #thedame #thebeardeddame #beardqueen #androgynyqueen #feminist #diversemodels
But not one to give up easily, Kaur had the last laugh when she posted a picture of herself walking down the runway in a navy-blue skater dress and black combat boots, with matching turban and jewellery. “I was laughed at when I said I wanted to model. The joke is on my bullies.”
Diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome when she was 11, Kaur was forced to wax, shave and bleach her face to hide excessive facial hair. But after being baptised a Sikh, Kaur decided to accept her body and her features, and has reached a point where she now draws strength from the very factor that was her weakness- “When I first started growing my beard, it was for religious reasons. But as the years have gone by, I’ve kept it for more personal reasons... It makes me feel like a brave, confident woman who isn’t afraid to break society’s norms.”...