The Greatest Showman’s bearded lady, Lettie Lutz (Keala Settle) proved to viewers that no one should be ashamed of who they are and what they look like. Whether their flaw is being irreparably short or having excessive facial hair, Lutz shows everyone that being different is not always a bad thing and that we should accept the things that make us who we are.
Though Lutz may be fictional, her words still ring true for many today, particularly to bearded beauty vlogger, Nova Galaxia. And much like Lutz in the film, Galaxia’s about to show the world that she’s a force to be reckoned with.
Galaxia struggles with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) — a condition that reveals itself in weight gain, irregular menstrual cycles, and excessive hair growth (Hirsutism).
Galaxia’s case shows PCOS manifesting through unusual hair growth, specifically on her face, breasts, and stomach.
But after fourteen years of trying to hide her condition, Galaxia now embraces what makes her different from everyone else.
“Here I am, fully-bearded, at least two inches of growth. I went from living a daily nightmare to being incredibly in love with my hair in just that short amount of time,” Galaxia writes in her Graceless Media blog entry.
Since assuming the ‘bearded babe’ title, Galaxia has documented her journey through her social media platforms. In the YouTube video below, she discusses the developments of her beard as she attempts to follow-through on the annual #NoShaveNovember challenge. Other videos show her doing makeup tutorials, and there is also one where she tries out the Glitter Beard internet trend.
Although many people have been welcoming and supportive of her in her accounts, she said that society still has much to learn when it comes to addressing Hirsutism among the different sexes.
“As a society, we need to have more open discussion on human bodies. Humans are incredibly diverse species, and there is no correct way to be a ‘man’ or a ‘woman.’ Nature contradicts the idea that women are hairless, dainty creatures and men are hairy, burly creatures. We need to start contradicting those ideas more fiercely than ever,” she explains to Graceless Media.
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) reported that around eight to twenty percent of women worldwide are susceptible to PCOS. And like Galaxia, many of these ladies may have excessive hair growth in different areas of their bodies.
Maybe it’s time we heed her advice and start being more considerate of what others may be going through. And for those of you going through a situation like Galaxia’s, always remember that you are not alone and the people who matter most won’t care how or what you look like.
As the bearded babe says, “Go forth and start unlearning all that self-hate. It’s alright to love your body, no matter what that means.”
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