Beardsmen compete for world titles.

Willi Chevalier

Willi Chevalier
(Photo by David Sacks)

At least every two years, beardsmen of the world come together for the World Beard and Moustache Championships®, featuring competition in at least sixteen separate categories ranging from the delicate Dali moustache to the anything-goes full beard freestyle.

Germany is the home of bearding and until recently was the undisputed dominant world power in the sport. But at recent championships, the USA, led by Beard Team USA, has successfully challenged German hegemony.

Here, Willi Chevalier of Sigmaringen, Germany, shows off his partial beard freestyle, once dubbed a “hair pretzel” by NPR’s Robert Siegel.

Photo by David Sacks.

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