Which of the men in our Anecdotes section sport facial hair? Their whiskers run the gamut from dignified to outlandish, minimal to outrageous! More about Movember.
At the turn of the 20th century, the majority of baseball players sported mustaches. But by the s, the trimmers came out, and a fuzzy upper lip was prohibited, not explicitly, but rather via an unwritten rule of conduct, in the major leagues. The idea was to make the game more appealing to families, by keeping the boys clean-shaven and well groomed—and a shift in social etiquettewhich mandated that decent men be clean-shaved, reinforced the move away from mustachioed players.
Facial hair has a long and complicated history that dates back long before celebrities — like Chris Hemsworth, Prince Harry, and Donald Glover — brought their perfectly groomed beards to the mainstream. In fact, during the Middle Ages and the 16th century, men were known to grow full beards. At one point, Charles Darwin even believed that beards were a symbol of power used to attract womenand he tried to prove that bearded men are better at procreating.
Photo Credit: Getty Images. Fellas, we know that we can be a bit judgmental, but first impressions are the most lasting. That's why we feel it is our obligation to point out when the hem length of your suit is all wrong or to run in the opposite direction when we detect Merrells on your feet.
Facial hair has been popular as long as recorded history, from the enormous biblical beards to the tiny pencil-thin mustache Jimmy Buffett sang about. Before the 20th century, almost all men wore beards. Some were barely there while others looked like the owner put his finger in a light socket.
Fidel Castro may have the most famous beard in the Caribbean, but he was not the first Latin American historical figure to have a signature look involving facial hair. The list is long and distinguished and includes Pablo Escobar, Venustiano Carranza and many more. Well, you just knew he'd be on this list, didn't you?
Since antiquity, the wearing of mustacheslike the wearing of beardshas reflected a wide range of customs, religious beliefs, and personal tastes. It was usual in the past to make no distinction between a mustache and other types of facial hair, such as a beard or whiskers, as these were usually worn together. In some locations and times, mustaches have been forbidden, often because they were considered eccentric or even possibly upsetting to the social order.
All rights reserved. Bradley Cooper is seen out on a jog, Sept. David Letterman is nearly unrecognizable with his snowy beard as he gets in a morning workout in Saint Barthelemy, France, March 22, Jamie Dornan is seen in London, June 29,wearing his new handle bar mustache.
Here are 18 figures with the facial hair we know them for—and then when it all went wrong. Find amazing new trivia at Vox. Weekend links: All Waldo, all the time.
Sometimes, a look just isn't complete without a fully grown beard. These celebs have all rocked a beard at one point or another, and some have even made it their signature. Jason Momoa, anyone? From short stubble to a longer, tailored length, these guys prove there's no one-size-fits-all when it comes to facial hair.