5 beards that made history
Refined heads and unforgettable beards that still inspire the look of contemporary man.
Adventurers, philosophers, musicians, writers, politicians. Some historical figures have stood out for their bold and original beard style choices, thereby becoming true icons. We have chosen five for you.
Abraham Lincoln: the beard and the little girl
Perhaps the most peculiar story. At that time a moustache and beard were not common in the White House, but that would change, thanks to an enterprising 11-year-old girl. Grace Bedell wrote a letter to the Republican candidate suggesting he should grow a beard to soften his skinny face and thus conquer the female vote:
“All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husband’s to vote for you and then you would be President”.
The rest is history. A bearded Abraham Lincoln left Springfield on 11 February 1861, heading for Washington, on his first day as President.
Giuseppe Verdi: a cult of the Italian Risorgimento
A thick beard with edges turned upward, such a successful look that it has become a classicand deserved its very own category at the world beard championships: the “Giuseppe Verdi”.
The stars that sport this beard include Jim Carrey, who just a few months ago said: “It’s a bigger star than me at this point. It has its own Twitter”.
Joseph Conrad: adventure and exoticism
A cross between a goatee and a ducktail, the beard of the author of “Heart of Darkness” has a bold style, in keeping with the biography of the sailor writer.
In fact, Conrad is remembered for being an explorer and adventurer by nature, always ready to set sail for new exotic places.
Francis Joseph I of Austria: imperial courage
A truly unique, utterly unmistakable style is that of the last Austro-Hungarian Emperor.
A decidedly eccentric and whimsical choice. Only for the bravest and for those who want to impress with a beard that does not go unnoticed.
Karl Marxs: revolutionary icon
It is impossible to imagine the father of Communism without his illustrious beard, which became the symbol of a dream (or nightmare) for millions of people.
Technically it is a “Santa Claus” style beard, monolithic, evenly distributed all around his head.