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A young woman with a condition that causes her to grow body and facial hair wrote an inspiring note to her younger self, promising her that one day she'll find the self-confidence she's looking for.
Harnaam Kaur, 24, suffers from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and describes herself as a "body confidence activist, an anti-bullying activist, a plus-size model and a beautiful bearded lady" on Instagram.
Kaur wrote the note to her childhood self as part of makeup brand Illamasqua's #LetterToLittleMe campaign.
"I can see the struggles you are facing; I can see it in your eyes that you feel like you don't belong," Kaur wrote. "I feel it in your soul that you are struggling and you need some guidance. You quiver at the sight of people, you shudder at the touch of a stranger, and you drag your lifeless body everywhere that you go."
Kaur, who lives in London, has been open in interviews and on social media about her struggles with bullying and body image, weight problems and being suicidal.
In the letter, she promised her younger self that those struggles wouldn't last forever.
"You will grow up to be a gorgeous young woman who will shake the normal societal standards of beauty," she wrote. "You will grow to be an activist, and you will mature to help men and women all over the world. Your self-love, your beauty, your self-esteem, your confidence will help empower the masses to love themselves and their bodies."
Kaur has learned to embrace her differences and now, through activism, helps other young people learn to love what makes them unique.
She recently starred in a short film about bullying, and has more than 33,000 followers on Instagram, where she shares her personal stories.
Illamasqua's campaign encourages women to write letters to their bodies and share them with the hashtag #LetterToLittleMe.
PCOS is not uncommon — it affects between 5-10% of women between the ages of 18 and 44, according to the National Institutes of Health.
It's a health condition in which women have a high level of male hormones, which can lead to an irregular or absent menstrual cycles, ovarian cysts as well as excess body and facial hair.