This 26-year-old woman is now growing her beard

This 26-year-old woman is now growing her beard

One of the most common problems, thanks to the sedentary lifestyles many of us are living, plaguing women is PCOS — Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. The condition results in a spurt in the growth of facial hair, menstrual irregularity, acne, obesity and hormonal imbalance. While treatment includes removing the excess hair, Nova Galaxia is spreading messages on body positivity and acceptance by growing her beard. According to a report by Metro, the 26-year-old stopped shaving her face in 2017, after decades of doing so (even before going to school). She took part in the No Shave November campaign to spread cancer awareness, as a course of which she embraced her facial hair. She also found happiness and inspiration in her girlfriend, Ash, a model who does not identify as male or female, whom she met in 2012. Galaxia often takes to her Facebook page to talk about body image, acceptance and how embracing her “bearded-ness” helped her overcome self-esteem issues and become happier than she was.

“By this stage, I was shaving every single day before school. It was getting really thick and I would have a panic if I ever forgot my razor at sleepovers. I’d get up early and shave, pretending I was desperate for a shower, but really I couldn’t stand to let myself be seen with a beard,” she was quoted saying.