Gender binaries are no longer as strictly defined as they used to be. Now, people are beginning to accept the fact that gender exists on a spectrum and that there is no need to conform to outdated expectations of the past. That’s why many women are embracing their beards.

Historically, the females have been portrayed without facial hair because it’s not something many of women possess – trying to tell a woman to grow a beard is like telling a man to grow breasts. But for a select few, it’s a biological quirk that’s reeked havoc in their lives, destroying their self-esteem and their skin as they incessantly shave it off.

However, some bearded ladies are no longer fighting what nature gave them. Instead, they’re embracing their beards and a number of them are opening up about their struggles – which, for most, is the result of polycystic ovary syndrome.

Polycystic ovary syndrome is a hormone imbalance that affects between five and 10% of all women and young girls. It has a number of side effects which can include irregular periods, weight gain, acne, and, for some, excess facial and body hair.

Check out this video below where a bearded lady, Rose Geil, pictured above, opens up about her decision to stop shaving!

“I definitely feel feminine since I’ve grown my beard and it has very little to do with physical appearance it’s all about my attitude giving myself the freedom to be exactly who I am, because of that I definitely feel womanly, I feel sexy,” Rose said.

Women like Rose who grow beards first realize that they are different at puberty, which is already a confusing and angst-ridden time for many adolescents. All teenagers want to do is fit in and that’s something which is even harder for women with beards to do.

But what is truly shocking about Rose’s decision is the reception it has received on social media.