The Face of PCOS in the Media

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PCOS has never been the most media friendly of medical conditions. It isn’t pretty and it isn’t particularly life threatening. Many stories that we have seen in the media in the past have generally tended to focus on the fertility aspects of PCOS and quickly skated over the other symptoms. However, with the rise of social media PCOS is getting out there in all it’s various states showing that everyone’s PCOS is different.

So how is PCOS seen today and who represents it now?

The Celebrities

It has been widely known for a long time that both Victoria Beckham and Jools Oliver have PCOS, and both are usually referenced in relation to fertility.

Rebecca Atkinson, actress known for ‘Shameless’, has openly talked about her experience with PCOS. She particularly talks about her irregular periods and acne. It was actually her make up artist that suggested she go and see her doctor.

Jillian Michaels is an American personal trainer best known from ‘The Biggest Loser’ and has openly talked about her PCOS both in relation to weight and fertility.

In the new wave of celebrities talking about PCOS are Sara Pascoe, comedian, and Daisy Ridley, actress known for ‘Star Wars’. Sara Pascoe openly talked about her PCOS on a recent appearance on ‘The Graham Norton Show’ where she made reference to her facial hair symptoms. Daisy Ridley put up an Instagram post where she was wearing a face mask and wrote about her experiences of both Endometriosis and more recently PCOS. For Daisy, PCOS has caused her to have problems with her skin.

The Reality and Social Media stars

There has also been a wave of women who have gained fame because they have PCOS. By talking openly about the condition and sharing images of different aspects of it, they have become widely known in the PCOS community online. This has led to newspaper and magazine articles about PCOS and for some of these individuals television and modelling opportunities.

Whitney Way Thore is probably best known from TLC show ‘My Big Fat Fabulous Life’. Her internet fame began in 2014 after a YouTube video of her dancing went viral. The most obvious symptom to affect Whitney is her weight and she promotes body positivity and acceptance.

Harnaam Kaur is a British woman who decided to grow her facial hair after being bullied about it in school, to the point of attempting to take her own life. She has popular Instagram and Facebook pages and has appeared on ‘This Morning’ and the ‘BBC Asian Network’, as well as giving interviews to various newspapers and magazines. She also promotes body positivity and acceptance as well as being an avid campaigner against bullying.

Little Bear the Bearded Lady is an American lady who has also chosen to embrace her excess hair and since deciding to do so has won beard and mustache competitions. As part of embracing her facial hair, Little Bear has thrown herself into the burlesque and circus scene and she is a trained Opera Singer. You can find out more about her on her Facebook page.