I am so thrilled and honoured to bring you the next hirsute hero. This awesome lady is an inspiration to so many, myself included and it’s for that reason I wanted her to be in the hall for fame. Read on to see why she is a role model to many, full of positivy, strength and sensitivity I give you Little Bear!
Who are you?
My name is Little Bear, and I’m a naturally bearded female-bodied person.
Due to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome I have a goatee.
I spent several years (and lots of money) trying to hide and rid myself of it daily.
I decided that it’s beautiful, and I don’t need to perpetuate the idea that it’s wrong by hiding it.
People who think “gross,” or “attention seeking” say everything about themselves and nothing about me
I perform as a bearded lady in the sideshow troupe, Wreckless Freeks, and solo as an opera & showtune singer.
I also write a blog, have a few published articles, and perform as a spoken word artist. Sometimes I paint, too.
I’m 32, though a lot of people guess younger 😉
My favorite color is green, but really I love the entire green-teal-blue spectrum.
I live with my wonderful boyfriend & cat in Seattle. I love urban living and the thriving culture here.
Type of Facial Hair?
Years in Service?
Hirsute for Happiness believes that a hair face is a happy face, do you agree?
Who inspired you to grow?
Other bearded ladies before me such as Jennifer Miller, Harnaam Kaur, and Mariam.
Does having facial hair change you and it what way?
Contrary to what I was warned, having a beard ALLOWED me to have several job opportunities. I met the Freeks at a beard competition, as well as several other people in the performing arts world. The connections & friendships that took root there have given me several gigs to put my name out there.
People might stare in confusion at my beard when I first get on stage (or joke/wonder if I might be a man), but once I start singing, speaking, or doing feats, what they are applauding & cheering is an entire person, not just hair
Does your facial hair draw attention and does that bother you?
Clearly, people stare.
It’s not as bad as you might think, as I live in a fairly progressive & artsy city, that houses several people who both defy gender norms and gender itself.
In the beginning, I’d get guys shouting, “that’s nasty,” or “shave your face,” which says a LOT about male entitlement culture, which aims to reduce the worth of women by how attractive they are to men.
And I still get odd looks sometimes.
But more so, now that I’ve been here a year, lots of people are used to me, and more often than not people recognize me as a performer. Some are professed fans and are excited to meet me, which is always humbling.
Would you change anything about your look?
Some stray things like wanting to lose a little weight and some more ink work done, but truthfully, other than that?
I’m beautiful as I am.
Has anything happened to you because of your face?
Well, as stated above, some pretty cool connections & gigs.
and some concern on the part of my parents, haha.
Is your face a champion?
Yes, quite literally!
– 1st place Whiskerina at Oddmall Seattle, 6/1/14.
– 2nd place Whiskerina at Burly Broads & Beardos show, West Seattle, 9/20/14.
– 3rd place Partial Beard at Burly Broads & Beardos show, West Seattle, 9/20/14.
– 2nd place Partial Beard at Goorin Brothers Beard Show PDX, Portland, 12/5/14.
Does your beard/moustache have a name?
Do you have a specific routine of care and styling?
On off days, it’s quite simple. No soap/shampoo, deep conditioner, a little coconut oil.
On performance days, I might blow dry and flat iron it straight (not too often).
Or I will let it air dry (no toweling) into tight ringlets and seal it with a super hold gel.
I call this the “tentacle” look.
What’s the weirdest thing you have heard someone use on the hairs?
Gender based judgement 😉
Do you have any non bearding hobbies?
Writing, singing, painting, social justice, reading, cooking, walking through the city, seeing shows (opera, musicals, burlesque, sideshows), cuddling with my boyfriend & cat, yoga.
Any tips for an aspiring beard or moustache grower?
Remember that there are no “wrong” beards or “wrong” people for bearding.
The amount of mud-slinging in the Bearding Community related to whether not goatees or partial beards are “real” beards, or how beards make one “manly,” and bearded women are “gross,” really disappoints me.
It’s not a contest (well, unless you’re actually in a contest.) Should every beard wearer look the same? Should every beard be long, full and natural, and on the face of a male?
Learn to appreciate the diversity of facial hair. Isn’t that what makes it FUN?
What is better; A unicorn with a moustache, penguins with beards, horses with chops?
unicorns with moustaches?
Favourite Famous beard/Moustache?
Is there anything missing from the questionnaire?
Honestly, I think my answers were comprehensive enough to compensate for any, haha.
also, the photo supplied is by Samuel S. Grahn photography. Look him up. He’s fantastic.
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