After enduring years of bullying for having facial hair, Harnaam Kaur is demonstrating the lasting impact of hurtful words.
Her story was broadcast on ITV News London on Thursday 5th March.
Twenty-four-year-old Harnaam grew a beard as a side-effect of polycystic ovary syndrome and has faced cruel taunts about her appearance.
‘By the age of 12 I was waxing twice a week and people would call me names like “Beardo” or “She-man”,’ explains Harnaam, who’s from Slough.
‘Back then it had a devastating effect on me.
‘Being bullied made me feel really unconfident, I had low self-esteem and I started to self-harm.’
Now embracing her appearance, Harnaam wants to help others who are experiencing bullying, while urging young people not to make negative comments.
‘I decided to accept my body,’ she explains.
‘I feel that if a bearded woman can live on this earth in this day and age, then anyone can accept their body for the way it looks.’
With Fixers, Harnaam has helped create a film to tackle bullying. In it, Post-it notes are used to portray how insults can stick with an individual.
Watch Harnaam’s Fixers film ‘Labels: The Effects of Bullying’ below.
Lauren Seager-Smith from the Anti-Bullying Alliance appears in the broadcast in support of Harnaam’s campaign.
‘I see a lot of films about bullying and this one really stood out for me,’ Lauren comments.
‘It’s extremely powerful and I think it will have a big impact on the lives of children and young people.
‘Labels stick, so the things you’re called as a child in the playground at school can stay with you for a very long time.’
Harnaam adds: ‘Making this film has been liberating because I know it’s going to do so much good for children being bullied.
‘Hopefully it will help stop bullying by showing young people the effect they are having on other’s lives.'
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