A woman with a beard has spoken out about her worries she would never find true love and revealed she was overjoyed when her now-husband fell in love with her and accepted her for who she is.
36-year-old Seattle-based Little Bear Schwarz had always been afraid no one would accept her bushy beard and that she would never find a man who would love her.
Despite suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome that causes her to grow excess hair, however, Bear met 45-year-old Tobias Bradick whom she started a relationship with after one year of friendship.
Appearing on This Morning, Tobias admitted he was initially afraid that Little Bear would turn him down. “I thought she’d say thanks, but stop being creepy,” he said.
His wife has also spoken out and revealed she spent 16 years attempting to hide the beard before finally accepting it.
“My younger years were really difficult. I had this hair and nobody could tell me or help me where it was coming from,” she said. “Nobody was saying I could just grow it, it wasn’t presented as an option.”
After heading into her 30s, however, the woman moved to Seattle and decided to ditch daily shaving and embrace her bodily hair.
“I found a flyer for a beard competition and I thought maybe I can make this lucrative. I entered a beard competition and I won,” she added.
“I didn’t have a problem finding people to date, but I had to be sure it was someone who wasn’t afraid to be seen with me, or the potential stigma of the man who dates a bearded woman.”
Speaking to the hosts of the show, Tobias added:
“She was always such a genuine, loving person. She’s very real, she’s not fake. She’s the kind of person I want to get to know.”
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