Humans are social creatures. Whether we would like to admit it or not, deep down inside, we all just want to feel included and accepted. As anyone who has ever attended a middle school knows, just fitting in isn’t as easy for some as it is for others. What happens when we decide to let our more unique traits show?
Read on to hear the story of one woman with a full beard who refuses to shave to conform.
10. Just Like Other Girls
For Alma Torres, her life didn’t always seem so different from her peers, and in many ways, it still doesn’t. Alma lives in New York alongside her adoring boyfriend, Taylor. In many ways, the photographer grew up just like any other normal American kid. The only difference? A rare diagnosis…
9. Puberty Stinks
As Alma was experiencing all of the usual awkward symptoms that come with growing into your adult body, she noticed some abnormalities. She struggled to stop gaining weight. She suffered from even more acne than the other kids. She even grew facial hair.
The reason for her crazy symptoms? Check out the next slide to find out.
8. A Devastating Diagnosis
When Alma Torres was just 16, her doctors realized that she was suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). The brutal chronic illness is what had caused her socially-isolating symptoms, and that wasn’t all. She soon discovered she would be doomed to a life of menstrual irregularity and infertility as well.
7. Fighting Back
As soon as she learned the details of the struggles she faced at the hands of PCOS, the teenager got to work preparing for dealing with the battle ahead. Alma took to online tutorials and makeup counters in search of all the best products to control her unusual hair growth.
6. A Change Of Heart
For eight long years, the young woman fought tooth-and-nail to preserve her more ‘traditional’ features. Given facial hair was the most physically obvious of her symptoms, she became a slave to her tweezer. That is, until one day when the 24-year-old had finally had enough.
Read on to learn what bold step she took…