Chad Roberts, professional beardist and founder of the RVA Beard League, recently sculpted his ample chin mane into the shape of a massive spider. Paired with a muscular Spider-Man costume, the effect is kinda terrifying, and kinda sexy, no? OK, nevermind, it’s mostly terrifying. [Neatorama]
Ben Affleck reportedly grew his stately beard as a good luck charm for the awards season, and while it didn’t secure him a Best Director nomination, it did get his movie an Oscar for Best Picture. All in all, not bad for a good luck beard, right? But now it seems Ben’s famous facial hair is no more: apparently Jennifer Garner brought clippers to an Oscars after party at a Hollywood restaurant, and, bolstered by tequila shots and cheered on by George Clooney, shaved it off in the hallway (a bit unsanitary, yes, but hell hath no fury like a woman who’s tired of her husband’s beard).
Ami was delighted to hear Ben’s beard is gone, while I’m in a bit of a mourning period myself. I thought it looked great, mostly because it made him more closely resemble Commander Riker from “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” and that is always a good thing. [Truth. -- Amelia] What do you think? Weigh in below! [Us Weekly]
Jessica may be grossed out by beards, but she’s not invited to this furry party over at theBERRY anyway. I am, and you all our my plus one. Put up your Away message on GChat and check out all 30 random hotties sporting facial fuzz here...
So, Jared Leto posted this photo of himself with an American flag and a “big patriotic beard” at the Democratic National Convention on his Facebook page, and it’s bringing me such a potent mix of confusion and delight that I had to share it with you. God bless America, indeed. [Facebook] Keep reading »
Dude. Dude. I am really, really into Jake Gyllenhaal’s Paul Bunyon-inspired wooliness on the cover of Details’ September issue. Let’s go chop some wood, if you know what I mean… Anyway, the actor has a decidedly more manly look and vibe to him in both the magazine’s photos and interview, in which he talks a lot about his approach to acting. He’s got two films coming out — “End of Watch” and “An Enemy” — which required him to play vastly different characters, both physically and mentally. The former, a bulked up cop, and the second, a nerdy history professor (hence, the beard?). Sounds like the perfection combination, if you ask me. Check out some more photos above, and read the interview at the link! [Details]
So, apparently those handlebar mustaches and ironic neckbeards aren’t just babe magnets, they’re also a boon for your health! A group of Australian researchers found that facial hair provide an effective barrier against the sun’s UV rays. “Facial hair reduced the exposure ratios to approximately one-third of those to the sites with no hair,” the team reported in the Radiation Protection Dosimetry journal (sounds like a great beach read, no?). “The variation in the exposure rates over the different sites was reduced compared with the cases with no beard.” Another finding? The more facial hair you have, the more protected you are, so put down those razors, fellas, and repeat after me: “More mustaches, less melanoma!” [Washington Post]
God bless Vivienne Westwood: Her Fall/Winter 2012 fashion show put a chill on the faces of the poor male models sent down the runway. The boys were forced to wear fake — and in some cases, real — icicle beards. The look was apparently an homage to British naturalist David Attenborough and his documentary “Frozen Planet.” Either way, those are some deliciously frosty snowmen. [Telegraph UK]
Ke$ha seems to be enjoying this mouth full of facial hair far too much. Apparently this is some kind of fetish of hers as evidenced on the blog Put Your Beard In My Mouth. Some of us like to chew on beards and some of us find that repulsive. To each her own. [Buzzfeed]
I think about a lot of things when I get dressed in the morning. I consider the pros and cons of shapewear. I come up with brilliant comebacks that would have been useful 3 years ago. I realize that I kind of miss the Macarena dance. And the other day I found myself thinking, I wonder if Charles Darwin would like my outfit? Instead of psychoanalyzing my need for approval from the father of evolution, I thought I’d make a list of modern day trends that Mr. Darwin might be into. So here we go…