Darwin says beards evolved as a form of sexual selection, women preferred them and they serve as symbols of sexual maturity\n&#x201C;a preponderance of females in the past found mates with beards more attractive than mates without beards&#x201D;\n
Fun fact: the last US president to have facial hair was William Taft, who stepped down in 1913. \n
SEXUAL SELECTION+ Women like beards (or at leastthey used to)+ Symbol of sexual maturity (rawr)+ Symbol of dominance (increasedperceived jaw size)
HISTORICAL FUN FACTS+ High ranking ancient Egyptiansdyed their beards and plaited themwith gold thread+ Egyptians also sported false metalbeards (postiches) as a symbol of Historically accuratesovereignty+ The postiche was worn by kings,queens and royal cows
HISTORICAL FUN FACTS+ Alexander the Great ordered hissoldiers to be clean shaven+ Shaving spread and became law insome states Did you know William Shatner played Alexander the Great in a TV show pilot in the 60s?+ Philosophers retained their beardsas a badge of their profession Socrates rocking his beard, here pictured with Bill and Ted
HISTORICAL FUN FACTS Beardage Througout Western History 1400s Clean Shaven FTW 1500s Seriously long beards 16 & 1700s No longer cool, banned My boy John Knox 1800s Super cool again! Dickens! Marx! Garibaldi! 1900s Invention of the safety razor, MARKETING!
BEARDS TODAY 1900-1950s Clean Shaven FTW 1950s and 60s Beatniks and hippies 1970s Hair is cool, in all forms 1980s Ew! Gross! Grunge to hipsters, 1990s - today anything goesPS: This guy.
SELECT STYLES+ FULL: Downward ﬂowing beard with either styled orintegrated moustache (ZZ TOP!)+ VAN DYKE: Goatee withaccompanying moustache (EVIL GENIUS)+ VERDI: Short beard with roundedbottom and slightly shaven cheeks withprominent moustache (HIPSTER)
WHAT DO THE LADIES THINK? Leonato: You may light on a husband that hath no beard.Beatrice: What should I do with him? Dress him in my apparel and make him my waiting-gentlewoman? -Much Ado About Nothing – Act 2, Scene I