Creative facial hair from the 2023 National Beard & Moustache Championships
The 2023 Honest Amish National Beard and Moustache Championships in Daytona Beach were a sight to behold. Photographer Elle Jaye was there to capture the official portraits of the contestants, showcasing their incredible facial hair styles.
From well-groomed beards to outlandish and artistic creations, participants entered a wide range of categories. The freestyle category was particularly impressive, as contestants used their natural hair to sculpt amazing shapes. It’s truly remarkable what can be done with a beard or mustache.
Elle’s portraits beautifully captured the pride these contestants had for their facial hair. Many of them had spent years perfecting their look, and you could see the satisfaction on their carefully groomed faces. With 47 different categories, the competition was fierce, but Jacob Darlington emerged as the ultimate winner, taking home the Best in Show award after winning the Full Beard Garibaldi category.
The Garibaldi beard, as described on the contest website, is wide and round at the bottom, with a maximum length of 8 inches from the bottom of the lower lip. It should have a natural appearance, with no distinct mustache separate from the beard.