Beard Mustache Championship Norway
The 2011 championship was hosted by “The Norwegian Mustache Club of 91” in Trondheim, Norway on May 15th. Championship takes place once in two years and the 12th incarnation of the contest will be in Stuttgart, Germany in November 2013 and will be hosted by Belle Mustache Beard and Culture Club. In 2011 in the competition took part 163 bearded man from 15 countries: USA (60 candidates!), Switzerland, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Liechtenstein, Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Denmark, Finland and the Netherlands.
The first Championship took place in Hufen-Enz, Germany, in 1990.
Since its humble beginnings in Germany in 1990, the World Beard and Mustache Championships has blossomed into an international event.
The competition awards prizes in seventeen categories, such as Dali Mustache, Freestyle Goatee, Garibaldi, and German Imperial. The World Beard and Mustache Championships is a biennial competition hosted by the World Beard and Mustache Association (WBMA) in which men with beards and mustaches display lengthy, highly styled facial hair.
The 12th incarnation of the contest was held near Stuttgart, Germany on November 2, 2013 and was hosted by Belle Mustache Beard and Culture Club. The next official World Beard and Mustache Championships will be held in Leogang, Austria in 2015. The Championships return to America in 2017 when The Austin Facial Hair Club hosts the contest in Austin, Texas. The official World Beard and Mustache Championships are held every two years, on odd years only.
Because facial hair is strongly associated with masculinity, beards and mustaches carry powerful and complex cultural meanings. Growing a beard or mustache, or being clean-shaven, can communicate information about religion, sexual identity, and orientation, and other important aspects of cultural heritage. In many cultures, the wearing (or not) of facial hair has been a marker of membership in a tribe, ethnic group, or culture, implying acceptance of the group’s cultural values and a rejection of the values of other groups.
In Western culture in recent centuries, however, the wearing or shaving of facial hair has tended to become more a matter of fashion than of cultural identity. For most of history, the shaving of facial hair and the shaping of beards and mustaches has depended on the skills of barbers and personal servants who knew how to whet a razor and to use hot water and emollients to soften a beard.
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