Body positivity goes a long way
Humans are innately social creatures. While people like being around others, they are most comfortable around those similar to themselves. The suburbs, small communities, and country clubs, even fraternities, sororities, and clubs, are built on the notion that people generally like being around those similar to themselves.
While, there’s no doubt, humans do enjoy meshing with foreign cultures, lifestyles, and people… There’s a limit to the amount of uniqueness some will put up with. Don’t agree? Take Alma Torres, for example. She’s not totally different from any other American citizen. She lives in New York with her loving boyfriend, Taylor. She works as a photographer. Oh, but she does have a full grown beard.
Apparently, what Alma has going on on her own face bothers people enough to get the media’s attention. Solidifying the earlier made statement: There’s a limit to the amount of uniqueness some will put up with.
Alma was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) at 16. PCOS is a disorder characterized by enlarged ovaries surrounded by cysts. Female bodies with PCOS release an irregular amount of testosterone, causing obesity, acne, menstrual irregularity, and… excess hair growth.
Now 24 years old, Alma suffers from weight gain, infertility, and thick facial hair.
For years, she battled her most obvious symptom, shaving and tweezing, but now, Alma has had enough.
Since last August, she has been growing out her beard and is super proud of herself. “Having the beard has made me such a better person. I feel more confident and I want to encourage other women with PCOS to feel the same,” she said.
Alma’s new found body-positivity, for whatever reason, really bothers strangers.
“I have been called ugly, others have said I should kill myself. People have told me go wax your ugly a** and have called me ‘cancer,’” Alma stated. “People usually don’t make comments in front of me. Most are over the Internet but I will get stares. I’ve noticed people trying to take pictures of me but I just laugh and smile. I know it’s not a big deal so I’m okay with it.”