Modern society is entertain an Age of the Beard. Hipsters, athletes, family men and business men are all rocking facial hair. To honor this obsession, on October 25, 2014, the annual World Beard and Moustache Championships were held in Portland, OR. Men with artful facial hair competed to be crowned and to have their luxurious face locks celebrated the world over.
The competition goes beyond just having hair on your face; competition organizer Phil Olsen explained in an interview that they’re looking for the facial hair that “best enhances their overall appearance, style and personality.” The competition includes, besides beards and mustaches, a considerable amount of pageantry.
And these guys have plenty of style and personality. Besides their mighty beards, these gentlemen have style for days. Check out their outfits–if you can take your eyes off the beards, that is.
Whenever the contestants are not identified, I like to think there’s a very serious reason behind it. This contestant is obviously a dignitary who must keep his identity under wraps for world safety reasons.