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Silly Saturday: Bold Facial Hair! May 21, 2011

Filed under: Current Affairs,Fun Stuff — Life Without Baby @ 6:00 am
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Photo courtsey: Wicked MonkeysBy Kathleen Guthrie

This has almost nothing to do with being childfree.

In Norway over the weekend of May 14, more than 150 contestants from around the world participated in the World Beard and Moustache Championship. In 17 categories, men’s facial hair designs were judged on size, grooming, originality, and how “good-looking” their style is. Medals were awarded.

While I’m initially drawn to the freak-show factor of the elaborate creations, I ultimately think, BRAVO! I love that these men have found a community where they are appreciated and celebrated. As Bruce Roe, president of a Washington-based Whisker Club and a multiple winner said, “The championships are an excuse for us to get together with our friends…I have some trophies, but the best part is the friends I’ve made through the years.”

Certainly, many people would look at these gentlemen and judge them as a sub-class of society. Funny, that sounds to me like how childfree women are often viewed. And, just like these fascinating bearded guys, we are ignoring our critics, demonstrating that we are fun-loving humans, reaching out to each other, and creating community.

I think that’s awesome!

P.S. Congratulations to Elmar Weisser of Germany who took home gold medals for the Full Beard Freestyle and Overall categories! Click here for photos of the 2011 winners.

Kathleen Guthrie is a Northern California–based freelance writer. She loves a feel-good human-interest story.


3 Responses to “Silly Saturday: Bold Facial Hair!”

  1. Sue Says:

    This post makes me long for that secret masonic handshake, or a piece of jewelry with the Life Without Baby crest you mentioned in a previous post. An identifying marker (something slightly more subtle than a wacky beard) that would enable us to gather in groups and create friendships more easily.

    I can’t say I agree with the judges decision, but congratulations to Elmar all the same 🙂

    • lmanterfield Says:

      Sue – While stick-on crazy beards could be an option for our secret marker, I think we could go for something a little more subtle. Stay tuned as I haven’t forgotten about this idea. 🙂

  2. lafemmeroar Says:

    That pic is soooooo cool. Being unique is beautiful …

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