Next up on the Groom Your Beard Q and A we have Beardilizer World Beard Champion and competitive bearder extraordinaire Anthony Fontes. We talk a lot about Anthony’s beard adventure. From high school to a fully fledge beard World Champion, we find out where his beard has taken him and how he has used it to his advantage. This is a great one!
Can you try to give our readers a bit of a background on yourself, a quick spill about what you do for a living and things you are into?
I’m a loner Dottie, a rebel… It’s true, I never really fit in anywhere. I gave up on caring enough to fit in back in high school and I’ve blazed a trail ever since. When I stumbled upon competitive bearding I found a community of hirsute misfits, outcasts and genuine stand out, caring individuals. I felt like a found a home. I’ve always wanted to be an artist. Now I’m making that dream come true, with my beard! Everyday I search for a way to differentiate myself and do the things others can’t/won’t. I push the bearded envelope and always look for an opportunity to make something from almost nothing.
My preferred style is based on the World Beard and Moustache Championship standard, called Imperial Partial Beard. Otherwise, when I don’t style my beard, I have Mutton Chops.
What made you grow a beard in the first place?
I remember, it was a dream, where I was Moses. I was guiding these bare-faced mortals through the Razorbump Desert. I managed to find the Hirsulton Sea and perfectly parted it, french fork style, to bring the people to bearded salvation. It was then I knew my path was to change beard history FOREVER!
Was the current length always the set goal, or did you have other styles before you grew it this long?
My only goal was to go to Germany and take on the most decorative, competitive bearder of all time, in his own backyard, and bring the Title to America for the first time EVER!
What other things are you passionate about? (Except your beard)
Photography, art, philosophy, Netflix, beer, aged Dutch Gouda cheese, more beer, good friends, and family.
Explain your journey on how you became a world champion?
It’s quite simple really. After growing out, full bore, a couple of times. I researched and discovered beard competitions. I studied each category and nuance. I also researched the Champions, both American and European. I’d already been a sideburns kinda guy since high school. Upon discovering the Germans had a phenom styler in Imperial Partial Beard with consecutive wins over 10 years, and no one in the US was even trying to attempt this style, I KNEW what needed to be done. I knew I needed to bring this honor stateside.
What brands are you the face of.. well beard! What does it entail?
I’m sponsored by Beardilizer. It basically means I get to beta test their latest and greatest beard care offerings!! I’m an ambassador to their brand and, by their grace, I get to appear at several event functions. Also, they provide all the products and supplements to keep my beard healthy, strong, and robust. Furthermore, my beard and grooming skills were featured on a advertising campaign (network, cable, internet) for Applebee’s restaurants. I’ve done some promoting for Remington For Men. I’ve been asked to appear at the World’s largest sneaker convention, SneakerCon, with the SwooshBeard. I’ve recently finished a collab with ConAir For Men, and I’m currently in talks with another company to provide original blog content. All of it entails being friendly, a welcoming and generous personality, championing facial hair (not because I have trophies), and respect for everyone regardless of their outward support of facial hair growth.
How do you trim and groom your beard?
I’m trained in classical opera. I’ve come to realize, when I hit a certain pitch, damaged and split end hairs will stand straight up. So I recite Médée in its entirety and snip the bare minimum of each hair strand one by one.
How do you keep your beard clean and skin healthy?
I shampoo and condition every other, or few, days depending on what I’m getting into. I use beard care products anywhere between once and three times per day (as needed). After a style day, my beard is dry from hairspray. These are the days that it requires multiple applications. I’ve yet to find any product that can restore my beard in a single application after I’ve styled with hairspray and washed it out. On a normal day, once a day use or every other day is sufficient.
What products do you use on a day-to-day basis for your beard?
I use Beardilizer Facial Hair Complex (vitamin supplement), softening cream, Beard Wax, and Beard Oil (Cherry Pipe tobacco being my favorite) to hydrate and moisten my beard and skin.
What has the general response been towards your beard?
Sheer disbelief that it’s real, even when that person is standing right next to me. However, 95% of these interactions are positive. Although, once, a middle-aged woman told me she was afraid of my beard.
Any tips or techniques to share with the bearded readers?
Define yourself, have fun, be proud, do something honourable, do something amazing, inspire and never shame.
Thank you so much Anthony for taking the time out to speak with us and we wish you all the luck going forward, just try not scaring any more old ladies!
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