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’Can’t imagine living without it’: Shyja, Kerala woman who loves growing her Moustache

’Can’t imagine living without it’: Shyja, Kerala woman who loves growing her Moustache

’Can’t imagine living without it’: Shyja, Kerala woman who loves growing her Moustache


Mangalore Today News Network / News18

July 29, 2022: Shyja, 35, from Kerala, is unusually shattering gender norms! She proudly wears a beautiful moustache. While facial hair in a woman is typically considered unattractive, Shyja’s moustache is her most appealing feature. “I adore my moustache," Shyja says.

 

Shyja


Shyja, who goes by one name, maintains she is indifferent to the questions that people who see her photographs or contact her in person routinely ask her. She has received both accolades and mocking.

The woman from Kerala’s Kannur district had body hair and wisps of facial hair on her top lip, as do many South Asian ladies. Natural body and facial hair are very common among South Asian women, and they are typically told that it should be removed and touched up regularly.

 

Shyja


Shyja, on the other hand, never felt the need to wax the hair on her upper lip, even though she continued to thread and tweeze her brows.

“I can’t imagine living without it now. When the Covid pandemic started, I disliked wearing a mask all the time because it covered my face," Shyja said. “I’ve never felt that I’m not beautiful because I have this or that it’s something I shouldn’t have. I just do what I like. If I had two lives, maybe I’d live one for others."

Shyja’s confidence may stem from years of dealing with health issues. For a decade, she had six operations. Doctors removed a tumour in her breast, and cysts in her ovary, and five years ago, she underwent hysterectomy surgery to remove her uterus.

“Each time I came out of surgery, I would hope that I never had to go back into an operation theatre again," she said in an interview with BBC.

Overcoming repeated health problems just reinforced Shyja’s conviction that she should spend her life in a way that brings her joy.


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