A woman who started growing a beard aged 11 says that even though she was called a “monster”, she has no regrets.
Morgan Coleman, 26, who has spent years battling hair growth, has now decided to ditch the razor and embrace his red beard.
She first spotted the unusual hair on her cheeks, chin and neck when she was 11 years old.
She desperately pulled it off throughout her teenage years to avoid comments from cruel bullies.
But now, aged 26, she has decided not to be ashamed of her condition – known as hirsutism – and has stopped waxing.
She proudly wears a full red beard – and encourages others to do the same.
Morgan said: “I battled hirsutism every day for 15 years, and after spending a lot of time in hospital recently, I decided it was time.
“It’s time to embrace my natural face and surprisingly people aren’t as critical as you think!
“Of course, some people are, and they say horrible things, but for the most part, more often than not, people become more understanding.
“I’m having a hard time being confident – after many years of being bullied, it’s impacting your self-confidence, but I definitely feel a lot more confident since I decided to embrace my natural face. .
“I’m really at peace with it now. It’s hard to explain, but I feel free, I wake up and it’s now the last thing on my mind, it’s wonderful!
Morgan, who now lives in Melbourne, Australia, first noticed thick hair growing up on the Gold Coast.
She says she was cruelly taunted by her classmates and used every tool she could get her hands on to remove unwanted facial hair.
She said: ‘It was horrible and isolating. Children and young adults were very cruel.
“I was severely bullied for many years. I don’t have many fond memories of my school days.
“I used to get a lot of horrible comments from nasty people saying I was ugly, I’m a freak, I’m male, I’m transgender.
“I used to get a lot of comments about my favorites in particular – there was a stage where every second person who walked past commented on them, told me to shave my face, made fun of me and made fun of them. of me.
“It was particularly difficult at the time because I didn’t know why I was a little different, I just knew I was different and it was difficult because I couldn’t explain why.
“After a lot of bullying, I became very anxious and embarrassed about it. I used a combination of waxing, hair removal, depilatory creams and shaving, every day, 365 days a year.
Morgan underwent electrolysis in 2011 in an attempt to remove the hair for good, but found no success, with her facial hair simply growing faster and thicker over time.
After years of hiding her facial hair, Morgan was finally diagnosed with hirsutism and polycystic ovary syndrome in January 2021.
PCOS is a condition that affects the functioning of the ovaries in many people who suffer from irregular periods and facial hair and often find it difficult to get pregnant.
She said: “I had seen doctors before about hirsutism and was told many times ‘some people just have more hair than others’.
“I was really relieved to have a diagnosis – an explanation of why I’m a little different – but it was also scary to be diagnosed with a medical condition.”
In April 2022, Morgan fell ill with the coronavirus while on vacation and used that time to reflect on her lifestyle.
She said: ‘I was in hospital alone for six days and some of those days I could barely get out of bed. It was lonely and scary.
“I’ve decided it’s time – it’s time to embrace my natural face.
“I decided it was time to prioritize my physical and mental health and part of that for me was accepting the things I can’t change.
“We are all unique. There’s nothing wrong with looking different.
Since ditching razors two months ago, Morgan hasn’t regretted her decision and loves her newfound confidence with her no longer hidden facial hair.
She says she’s experienced ‘disgusted looks’ from strangers, but feels freer since embracing her natural face and has no plans to return for wax.
Morgan said: “I got some weird, disgusted looks and that’s fine.
“Not everyone likes it, but at the end of the day, those who know me know that I’m still me even if I look a little different.
“For the most part, everyone in general, but especially my family and friends, have been incredibly supportive and that has made all the difference.
“I’m the same person as before, I feel so much freer now and I’m not as anxious as before.
“I like to raise awareness where possible – I believe in creating acceptance and normalizing women’s facial hair by raising awareness, answering questions and sharing information. PCOS is a such a common syndrome.
This story originally appeared on The Sun and has been reproduced here with permission.