No-shave November is in full swing, and it is a perfect time to celebrate all forms of facial hair. Last Saturday, Brown University Beard Appreciation Society (BUBAS) sponsored the inaugural Brown/RISD Beard and Mustache Competition. Nine hairy hopefuls competed in five categories: Mustache, Whiskerina (women with fake facial hair), Five O’Clock Shadow, Partial Beard, and Full Beard. The entrants were scored by three local facial hair aficionados. A beardless MC named Stew officiated the competition.
When called forward, the competitors walked across the front of the room, displaying their facial hair to the audience and judges. MC Stew would ask the competitors a few questions about facial hair, but spent most of the competition making fun of dreadlocks, Davy Jones, Thoreau’s Walden, and more.
Though the event drew fewer participants than BUBAS had hoped for, the facial hair on display was impressive. Patrick (Brown) won the mustache award with his twisted handlebar. Patrick put up a good fight in the Partial Beard division as well, but lost to Eliot (Brown), who sported a thick goatee and two voluminous muttonchops. Catherine (RISD) was the only entrant in the Whiskerina division and won by default. But the judges commended her for the creative way in which she had pulled her hair into a silky mustache. The Five O’Clock Shadow field was also won by default.
A few RISD students and one shaggy Brown student vied for the prestigious title of Full Beard champion. Jake (RISD) displayed a clean and even beard that he attributed to “good genes.” Emory (RISD) wore a more free-form beard that covered his cheeks and chin in thick facial shrubbery. Noah (Brown) sported a curly look.
It was close, but Emory emerged the champion and walked out with a bottle of professional-grade beard oil.
Anyone looking to participate in next year’s Beard and Mustache Competition should start eating lots of keratin. For, as MC Stew pointed out, “beards are made of protein.”
Images via Ari Snider ’18.