Winning by a whisker: The 2019 Beard and Moustache Championships

December 5, 2019

Chicago may be known as the Windy City, but none of the contestants had a hair out of place at the National Beard and Moustache Championships—held at the 350 Brewery’s Insanity Factory on November 8 and 9, Metro (UK) reported.

Everybody has a talent, and for the hirsute competitors who look forward to this event each year, it’s growing beards and moustaches.

But there’s somebody else who wouldn’t go 12 months without a chance to see this contest: Greg Anderson, 44, a photographer from Las Vegas, has been attending the event for the past seven years. He told the Metro that, for everyone who shows up, “ It’s a two-day party.”

This year, he says he captured the beards and ‘staches on film again—some of which measured longer than 24 inches (and probably took some knowledge of structural dynamics to d

John Banks working partly on the top and partly on the bottom.(Picture by Greg Anderson of Caters News)

esign and style).

Anderson told the news outlet, ‘It’s a personal project that I love doing every year because of all of the people involved, some of which I’ve known now since the first event I shot in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2013. ‘All of the character, designs, and styles never disappoint and it’s the most fun I have all year on a photoshoot.’

Some of the ways in which contestants style their long facial hair includes swirly patterns, windmills, and stars. Others put items like leaves and flowers in the beards to adhere to a theme.

‘The crazier the design the better, in my book,’ says Anderson. ‘I love all of the outrageous styles the most, they’re kind of like my children, I can’t pick favorites

Some of the categories in the show include Design Beard, Business Beard, Brewers Beard, Veterans Beard, Mr. Moustache, and 5 O’Clock Shadow. Each is judged differently, with the style and mode of preparation allowed changing each time. For example, for the Moustache Freestyle round, styling aids like gel and hairspray are allowed, but additional structural materials such as wire, rope, and lumber are not permitted.

According to the Metro’s report, “The winners from this year have been announced and include men and women – with some women beating the more-traditional beard-having men with their creative styles. Although it is a competition, there are also meet and greets, and the whole thing is ‘a massive jolly’ for people who take pride in their growing capabilities.”

Research contact: @MetroUK

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