Sarah O’Neill doesn’t care how many stares she gets. She’s not putting a tweezers, razor or any hair removal cream to her face for an entire month.
Because of a hormonal condition, the 29-year-old UK native has the ability to grow a beard and moustache. Usually she goes to great lengths to sear off any strands, but in honor of Movember -- the month-long campaign that urges men to grow moustaches to raise awareness for testicular and prostate cancers –-she’s not going to snip her facial hair either, the Hull Daily Mail reported.
She also hopes to get the word out about polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a condition she lives with that has side effects of putting on weight and growing facial hair.
“It’s not something to be ashamed of. It’s just something that happens,” O’Neill said in a YouTube video about her condition. “I might as well raise money, because it’s part of who I am.”
But women have long been part of the face of the Movember campaign, a movement that was first started by a group of friends in Australia in 2003.
The guys who participate are dubbed “Mo Bros” and their female counterparts are lovingly referred to as their “Mo Sistas.”
Last year Siobhain Fletcher, of Leek, Staffordshire, became pretty well known in the "Mo Sista" curcuit when she, too, decided to grow a ‘stache for the cause.
Like O’Neill, Fletcher lives with PCOS, and decided to commit her hair to Movember, ABC News reported.
“It helps people get checked for prostate and testicular cancer,” she told the news outlet last year, “and hopefully people will, instead of going to a funeral, be going to a remission party.”
Even if you can't grow a 'stache as bad ass as Sarah O'Neill's, you can definitely help spread the word and support her mission in breaking down stigmas and supporting men's cancer charities here.
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The Moustache Master, Salvador Dali
Need we say more? Image: Salvador Dali with ocelot and cane taken in 1953.
Paul Gauguin's Double Moustache
It's a double moustache. Image: Self-portrait (in the role of 'Les Misérables' protagonist Jean Valjean) with Émile Bernard portrait in the background, for Vincent, 1888.
Gustave Courbet's Handlebar French Fork
Don't freak out, Courbet. Your french fork is coming in fine. Image: Gustave Courbet, The Desperate Man, 1844-45
Marcel Duchamp's Mona Lisa
Marcel Duchamp celebrates Movember with Mona Lisa. Image: Marcel Duchamp, "L.H.O.O.Q.", 1919
Albrecht Durer's Handlebar and Goatee
The perm-esque hair really compliments the curled moustache. Kudos, Albrecht, on your daring moustache. Image: Albrecht Durer, "Self-portrait in a Fur-Collared Robe", 1500
Edouard Manet's Spanish Singer Pencil 'Stache
We can't decide what we like more: the singer's pencil moustache or his seductive facial expression. Image: Edouard Manet, "Spanish Singer", 1860.
Vincent van Gogh's Walrus 'Stached Man
The good ol' Walrus moustache. Great likeness, Mr. van gogh. Image: Vincent van Gogh, Portrait of a Man with a Moustache, Paris, Winter 1886/87
Frida Kahlo's AMAZING Moustache
Frida Kahlo forever proving the old addage "Whatever you can do I can do better." Image: Frida Kahlo, "Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird" (1940)
Caravaggio's 'Stache and Chin Puff Combo
You're not looking your best, Caravaggio, but we dig your chin puff/soul patch situation. Image: A portrait of the Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio by Ottavio Leoni, c. 1621.
Peter Paul Reubens Handlbar
Such a well-coiffed 'stache, Reubens. Image: Peter Paul Reubens, Self-portrait, 1623
Another styling pencil courtesy of Modigliani. Image: Amadeo Modigliani, Paul Guillaume, Novo Pilota, 1915
Edvard Munch's Pencil
Munch's somber 'stache. Image: Edvard Munch, Self Portrait with Skeleton Arm, 1895
Anthony van Dyck's Handlebar and Chin Puff
Van Dyck being all coy and mustachioed. Image: Anthony van Dyck, Self-portrait, c. 1633
The Original Dracula's Caterpillar 'Stache
Vlad, you've been haunting our slideshow dreams lately, but we'd be remiss if we didn't include your caterpillar mustache today. Image: Vlad the Impaler, Prince of Wallachia, c. 1500s
Frans Hals's Enthusiastic Mustache
Hal's 'stache is so good it has its own shadow. Image: Frans Hals, Self-portrait, c. 1650
Rainer Maria Rilke's Gaping Chin Puff
Mouth agape + moustache = true beauty. Image: Paula Modersohn-Becker, Porträt des Rainer Maria Rilke, 1906
The Company School's Nearly-Friendly Mutton Chops
So close to being friendly mutton chops. So close. Image: Gouache painting on paper from a portfolio of sixty-three paintings of deities and daily life by South East Asian artists collectively known as the Company School, c. 1820
"Ok, so every artist did a handlebar-puff combo. I get it." Image: Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Self-portrait, c. 1635
James I of England
Um, you might be distracted by this man's gigantic pants, but there's a blonde 'stache in there somewhere. We promise. Image: Paul van Somer, James I of England (James VI of Scotland), c. 1618
So. Many. Moustaches.
Many, many moustaches a la Cornelis van Haarlem. Image: Cornelis van Haarlem, Banquet of the officers and sub-alterns of the Haarlem Calivermen Civic Guard, 1599