Bearded Woman Laments That Men Fear Her, Assume She's Transgender

Bearded Woman Laments That Men Fear Her, Assume She's Transgender

  • Selsie is a businesswoman who sells women's and kids' outfits, and she is a proud mother of one
  • The young woman has beards, a condition that is inherited, and she revealed some of her sisters also have facial hair
  • Elsie said many people assume she is transgender and urged men not to fear her since she has all the qualities of an average woman

Elsie is a Tanzanian woman who suffers from a rare condition known as hirsutism, which causes her to grow facial hair.

Elsa, the bearded woman, shares her story. Photo: Wasafi Media.
Source: UGC

She has been living with hirsutism since she was a child and has faced many challenges and hardships because of it.

What is hirsutism?

This rare condition causes excessive facial hair growth in cisgender females and is typically caused by an increase in hormones called androgens.

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According to, hirsutism is a common condition, affecting between 5 and 10 per cent of women.

It tends to run in families, so one may be more likely to have this hair growth if her mother, sister, or another female relative also has it.

Woman with beards opens up about challenges

Elsie opened up about her life and struggles in an interview with Wasafi Media.

She revealed some reasons why men avoid falling in love with her or dating her and how people often mistake her for being transgender.

The mother of one said that she has been accused of being transgender by many people who do not understand her condition.

Elsie explained men are afraid to date her because they think she is transgender.

She said that men often ask her friends if she is a real woman or transgender and that they lose interest in her once they find out about her facial hair.

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Elsie said that she has accepted herself the way she is and believes that God created her this way for a purpose.

She said that she is not different from other women.

“I accepted myself because it’s natural. I was given by God. But there are a lot of challenges that I do face. Some people think I am transgender, but I would like to clarify that I am a woman. I have been blessed with one daughter and I am just okay. Many people wonder when they see me because I look different, but I am just like any other woman. Men fear me and they go around asking my friends if I am a real woman or transgender," she said.
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