7 Iconic Bearded Men

Posted on September 06 2019

7 Iconic Bearded Men

World Beard Day, celebrated annually on the first Saturday in September, is a global celebration with people all over the world gathering together with their beard. Apparently, on this day it's customary for all bearded members of the family to relax and be exemplified from all jobs and chores! 

Though slightly satirical, World Beard Day is all about promoting and elevating the global status of the beard. In honour of the occasion, we pulled together a list of 7 iconic bearded men.


1. George Clooney

Not all beards have to be long to be great, and George Clooney's beard is a classic example of that. His silver beard follows the natural curvature of his face and more growth over his chin to make it look more prominent and the low line beneath the cheekbones accentuates his impeccable bone structure.


2. Idris Elba

Idris Elba has a skill many of us wish we possessed - being able to pull off a multitude of beard styles without having to try too hard. Whether it's a little tuft on his chin partnered with a buzzcut or the unruly, unkept look he is sporting in the below picture, you cannot deny it suits him to a T.


3. Karl Marx

Regardless of whether you agree with his manifesto and radical beliefs, you cannot overlook his facial hairstyle, which is arguably one of the manliest moustache and beard styles in history. With a beard like this, there's no wonder he was able to kick start revolutions and inspire the working class to shake off the shackles of capitalism.


4. Charles Darwin

Darwin first started growing his beard in 1862 after he fell ill. Legend is, he grew his beard so people would stop recognising him in the street. In 1866, the first true test of the beard came when he chose to attend a Royal Society meeting. The beard disguise worked so well that one of his closest friends, Robert Hooker, did not recognise him. Though it helped him remain anonymous for a while, it wasn't long before the new and bearded Darwin was thrusted into the public spotlight. In the end, the beard Darwin grew to stop people recognising him, actually became his most iconic feature.

5. Rubeus Hagrid

Though only a character in a film, his beard and long hair are legendary. Hagrid, famously played by Robbie Coltrane, is a loving (half) giant, friends to Harry, Ron and Hermione in the Harry Potter series. His beard and locks are that amazing, you can even buy them as part of a costume!

6. Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci is remembered for many things including his art, his inventions, his studies of astronomy, maths, anatomy and architecture and as being the namesake for a popular novel and film. But, many seem to have overlooked his superb beard. He devoted years of his life to beardmanship, growing it to reach his sternum and spread as wide as his shoulders.

7. Hans Langseth

Hans (1846 - 1927) was a Norwegian who held the record for the world's longest beard, at 17 feet and 6 inches (or 5.33 meters) long. He originally started growing his beard in order to participate in a local beard-growing competition but carried on. Beard hair can only grow four to five feet before dying and ceasing to grow, but Langseth entangled the dead hair together to elongate his beard, similar to the process behind dreadlocks.



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