Sinéad O'Connor, the Irish singer who recently renounced everything about herself, and then converted to Islam, has grown a Muslim-style beard.
Beards amongst Muslim men are requisite, defining 'manliness', and are seen as imitating Muhammad, but very few Muslim women sport beards - that is, until now.
O'Connor, 50, has cultivated a rather dashing example of a beard that would rival those of most Muslim men, in a bid to be accepted into a faith that has, for nearly 1,300 years, treated women like excrement.
She has also vowed to grow the hair on her head, something she had previously promised never to do again. She tweeted a message on her webs the few fans she has left:
"I am still a Moslem. I now have a beard. It was a bit itchy at first, while it was growing, but not anymore. I love it, and I feel closer to Allah and to Muhammad for having it! Nothing compares to having a beard!"