A bearded woman has opened up about her search for love, as her husband revealed he was sure she would be the one to reject him.
As little girls we grow up being told that femininity is what is going to get us a man. Recently, a bearded woman has opened up about her quest for love, while her husband revealed that he thought she would be the one to reject him!
Both Little Bear Schwarz, 36, and Tobias Bradick, 45, from Seattle, started off as friends for a year before she made the initial Facebook post about searching for a potential suitor.
Tobias said that when he first messaged her, he was sure she would reject him, admitting, “I thought she’d say, ‘thanks, but stop being creepy.’”
Little Bear, who was on This Morning to do an interview regarding her love story journey, talked about her struggle with polycystic ovary syndrome since the age of 14 – a condition that can cause excess hair growth.
The polyamorous couple, who are now married, discussed the struggles Little Bear had with her confidence.
She began noticing “excess” hair growth on both her face and chest from the age of 14, and though she went to see specialists, she was never sure about the cause.
For the next 16 years Little Bear tried hiding it, and confessed she’d only shave in the shower in order to avoid her deep shame of being so hairy.
It took years for her to accept her bearded face.
“My younger years were really difficult. I had this hair and nobody could tell me or help me where it was coming from,” Little Bear told presenters Ruth and Eammon.
She added, “Nobody was saying I could just grow it, it wasn’t presented as an option.”
However, at the age of 31, Little Bear moved to Seattle, and amidst the more progressive setting, decided to take the plunge and forgo shaving.
Following the move she soon discovered a new found confidence, stating, “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 says now that the beard is her “star feature”, but admitted finding someone to genuine to love was a bit difficult.
She said, “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.”
A year and a half later after a bad break up, Little Bear decided to post to Facebook, stating an appeal for potential new suitors.
Tobias, who had helped her move house, admitted that he’d fallen for her straight away.
He said to Eamonn and Ruth, “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.”
But Tobias was shy and nervous about approaching her, saying that when he messaged her to show interest in getting to know her a bit better, he was sure she’d reject him.
As he stated, “I thought she’d say, ‘thanks, but stop being creepy’. But we just clicked and started spending time together.”
The couple has admitted that sometimes it was difficult, with Little Bear declaring, “People do stare. I wish I could tell you it’s not a big deal and I could just ignore them. I get stared at, I get laughed at, people try to take ‘discreet’ photos of me. And being honest, it hurts.”
Her husband Tobias tries to stay as supportive as possible when those circumstances arise, saying, “There are times groups of creeps flock to her social media and send her death threats. If we’re in public and she feels uncomfortable, I just say ‘come up and kiss me’.”
Tobias added, “I think it kind of says, ‘hey, don’t mess with her she’s with someone’.”
It’s nice to know that there’s someone for everyone. What do you guys think?