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2014 World Beard and Mustache Champion Madison Rowley is the pride of Portland

Madison Rowley

Madison Rowley’s face may be under there, but we’ll never know for sure.

This year, 300 people tossed their facial hair into the ring for the annual World Beard and Mustache Championships in Portland, Ore. Home field advantage worked wonders for local Madison Rowley, who took first place in the Garibaldi category, plus the top prize overall.

 

My mom was overjoyed! Thanks again to friends and family who came to show their support!

A photo posted by Madison Rowley (@maaddogg) on

A cinematographer, actor, and director, Rowley has faithfully documented his now-legendary beard’s rise to prominence on Instagram. It’s one thing to assess whiskers like these in the sterile milieu of competition, quite another to behold its majesty in the wild.

 

Stetson

A photo posted by Madison Rowley (@maaddogg) on

 

A photo posted by Madison Rowley (@maaddogg) on

 

#koernercamera

A photo posted by Madison Rowley (@maaddogg) on

 

A photo posted by Madison Rowley (@maaddogg) on

 

A photo posted by Madison Rowley (@maaddogg) on

 

Wind slap in the Hood. @harraikhalsa

A photo posted by Madison Rowley (@maaddogg) on

 

Behind the beard. More beard. @kylethomaseaton

A photo posted by Madison Rowley (@maaddogg) on

 

A photo posted by Madison Rowley (@maaddogg) on

Allow us to be the first to theorize that that thing is sentient. Your move, Williamsburg.

Photo via maaddogg/Instagram

Miles Klee

Miles Klee

Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions,  and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'