Meet the Very Hairy Men of New Jersey’s Beard Society | Radical Beauty

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The Garden State Beard and Mustache Society, a.k.a. The Garden State Beardos, is a fellowship of facial hair enthusiasts that celebrates beards of all shapes and sizes. Matty C, as he’s known to the community, started the group on a whim in 2011 after watching Whisker Wars.

The members meet regularly to hang out, banter, organize fundraising events, and compare beards. The Society even boasts female members who proudly call themselves the “Whiskerinas.” And of course, there are the competitions.

The Garden State Beardos compete in some of the United States’ most prestigious national beard competitions, like the Great American Beard and Mustache Championships. But they also represent closer to home. Last fall, the Cut tagged along with the Society to the Coney Island Beard and Mustache Competition to find out exactly what it takes to be a beard champion.

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