Balpreet Kaur

Balpreet Kaur, a Sikh woman with facial hair, says she is proud of the feature and it is a gift from a genderless divine being.

Huffington Post Religion is proud to announce the 2012 Person Of The Year is Balpreet Kaur.

In past years Huffington Post made lists of “most influential” religious leaders which have included the Pope and the Dalai Lama. However, when the HuffPost religion editors thought about the person they admired most in the last year, the unanimous choice was Ms. Kaur.

Ms. Kaur became an internet sensation when a photo of her standing in a line was taken by an editor at Reddit (a ‘Redditor) who posted it online under the subject heading “funny,” apparently based on her unique appearance.

Balpreet Kaur responded to the intentional denigration by explaining who she was, why she looked the way she does, and the tenets of her Sikh faith with a remarkable generosity of spirit. Read the full story at

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