September 24, 2017

German wins World’s Best Beard title

Elmar Weisser models his winning crop of facial hair.

A German hairdresser has won the title of world’s best beard at the World Beard and Moustache Championship in Trondheim, Norway.

Elmar Weisser, 47, headed off 160 other contestants to the prize with his elaborate facial hair sculpture of a moose.

It is the third time Mr Weisser has won the championship which is held every two years. Organisers cal it “the premier event in the international sport of bearding”. We’ll take your word for it.

In 2005 he won with with a beard styled into the shape of Berlin’s Brandenberg Gate, and in 2007 with a representation of London Bridge.

He said he had begun preparing his creation for the Trondheim event at 7am, with the help of his sister.

The World Beard and Moustache Championship has been running since 1995. Contestants from all over the world compete in 14 categories, including natural goatee, sideburns freestyle, Hungarian moustache and imperial partial beard.

Organisers say the field has traditionally been dominated by Europeans but that the US, which has twice hosted the event, is fast becoming “the world’s new facial hair super power”.

If it keeps them off the streets then let them get into it.