For more than 20 years, Rose Geil has had to shave every day to hide her beards from friends and family, now, she just doesn’t care about anyone’s opinion as she is rocking a full beard and has thousands of fans who love her brazenness.
The 39-year-old noticed she had beards at the age of thirteen after first sighting a hair sprout in her sideburns before it began appearing on her chin, upper lip and cheeks, she began shaving immediately, a ritual she exercised for two decades.
Rose was so ashamed of herself while growing up due to her excess facial and body hair she always wore long sleeves and high turtlenecks in order to hide the hair on her chest and arms.
Even in relationships with men, she had to overcome the fear of showing her body hair to her partners.
She disclosed to Dailymail, ‘Revealing my body hair in any relationship was of course very scary and difficult and I was lucky enough and had some understanding partners in my early twenties. It was more of an issue for me just being self conscious and worrying about revealing myself and facing rejection.’
Six weeks ago, Geil who is from Oregon gave up years of plucking, expensive laser hair removal and shaving as her decision to accept and keep her excess hair has made her happier.
The Oregon native stated:
I was emotionally drained from trying to hide my beard every day and feeling like I was failing miserably. Growing my beard was an incredible experience.
It was very difficult, daily emotionally and physically in the beginning because it was very uncomfortable, itchy and crawly. I had to fight the urge to shave.
Growing my beard has made me more confident. I feel pretty with my beard, and I never felt pretty before. It feels amazing being me. I have no shame with my body, I appreciate my decorations and it feels nice to make people feel good.
I definitely feel womanly, sexy and sensuous. I feel more feminine and it has very little to do with my appearance; it comes from my attitude and giving myself the freedom to be who I am.
I’ve finally accepted the real me.
Rose believes her condition is due to a combination of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and genetics though she hasn’t been officially diagnosed.
After she accepted herself, the brave woman got accepted by all her family and friends, “All of my friends and family are incredibly supportive – they really had no idea how much I struggled and how much it was affecting me”, Rose said.
“People on the street do look at me and do a double take, but their reactions are either positive or neutral. I have had people approach me in public and wanted to meet me and shake my hand and tell me I’m brave and courageous and even an inspiration.”
She is presently a social media sensation who has attracted hundreds of admirers and has gotten invites from all over the world to share her story.