Category: Beard

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20-year-old Somali model Iman during her press conference at the home of photographer Peter Beard in New York City on October 15, 1975.

Photos by Ron Galella

Rudolph Valentino aboard the S.S. Leviathan, November 1924.

Valentino caused a frenzy when he returned from Europe with a beard. The following announcement was issued by the Associated Master Barbers: “Our members are pledged not to attend a showing of Rudolph Valentino’s photoplays as long as he remains bewhiskered.” There was fear that the ‘male population of America is very likely to be guided by Valentino to the extent of making whiskers fashionable again,” and that “such a fashion would not only work harmful injury to barbers, but would so utterly deface America, as to make Americans difficult to distinguish from Russians.” Because of the public outcry and pressure, Valentino shaved off his beard.