The 2012 National Beard and Moustache Championship happened this weekend at the Clark County amphitheater. Beard growers and enthusiasts from all over the world gathered in Las Vegas to celebrate facial hair. Why do some people get so passionate about beards and moustaches? And why isn't facial hair more mainstream?
Mark Hall-Patton, administrator of the Clark County Museum
Phil Olsen, founder of the National Beard & Moustache Championship
Wolfe Thompson, lawyer and beard competitor
Beard-wearers on stage before the competition.
A German bearding superstar.
Jackie Ellison and his girlfriend Ryan Decker, demonstrating the careful lift of his imperial moustache for smooching.
Gerhard Knapp, grand-daddy of modern bearding. His beard features a globe made of facial hair, Las Vegas is helpfully pointed out with a red arrow.
I like clean shaven men with neat haircuts and clean faces. Its a matter of laziness with men and I see them do it when their relationships are having trouble. Maybe its a form of denial and hiding.Mary –Nov 14, 2012 16:34:33 PM
You'd be amazed at how much more time and effort goes into maintaining and styling facial hair. Your allowed your personal preferences, but your views on the psychology behind facial hair is way off.Adam Caus –Nov 20, 2012 12:42:35 PM
Dear Mary, You couldn't be more wrong. Facial hair is glorious. Your argument is akin to saying that women with long hair are hiding their necks. I'm friends with many a bearded man and let me say that, almost universally, they are kind, open, and accepting. Maintaining glorious facial hair takes effort. A beard is not a sign of laziness. It's a sign of masculinity. Jennifer MH –Nov 28, 2012 13:21:37 PM