A WOMAN with a full beard has strongly fought stigma by embracing her facial hair, which her boyfriend says he loves.

Alma Torres, 24, was diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) at the age of 16, which caused her to grow a thick crop of facial hair.

Alongside her hair growth, Alma struggles with the other symptoms of PCOS, which include weight gain and infertility.

But after spending years hiding her condition, she now says she is ready to put down the razor and embrace her facial hair.

Alma, who works as a photographer, is supported by her boyfriend of five years, Taylor, who used to help her tweezer out any facial fuzz.

But Taylor, 22, thinks his girlfriend’s “beautiful” beard is nothing to be ashamed of, despite the cruel comments she has faced as a result of her condition.

Alma, from the Bronx, in New York, said: “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.

“People usually don’t make comments in front of me. Most are over the internet but I will get stares.”

Alma was diagnosed aged 16, and has lived with the condition ever since

PCOS can cause women to experience surges in male hormone levels, which cause hair to grow faster

She said: “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.

Acccording to Taylor – boyfriend, “She’s still beautiful to me and her beard doesn’t define her. It’s just hair and it doesn’t have anything to do with how a person feels and should never be able to change that.”

The couple are hoping to have a baby one day, despite the side-effects of PCOS

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