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It's World Beard Day. Here are 13 great reasons to celebrate

By CNN Staff

Published September 2, 2018

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World Beard Day, celebrated each Sept. 1, is an opportunity to appreciate the splendor of people with beards. George Clooney, here, is an example. Although best known for clean-shaven roles, he's rocked an increasingly-more-salt-than-pepper beard in recent years.

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A beard can become a signature look. Michael Groover is the 2018 winner of The Hemingway Look-Alike contest in Key West, Florida. Ernest Hemingway himself, of course, wore an iconic beard.

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Indian actor Ranveer Singh chopped his then-thick beard live for his fans on Instagram. He has been seen with this more closely cropped look since then.

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Chris Hemsworth wears a beard in his best-known role as Thor, one of Marvel's Avengers.

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Actor and perennial-James-Bond-candidate Idris Elba is nearly unrecognizable without his own signature beard.

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US basketball star James Harden of the Houston Rockets is an Internet meme star. He sets the bar high for his fellow ballers with the league's thickest beard.

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You knew Captain America best as a clean-shaven supersoldier, but you sat up straighter in the theater when Cap appeared in "Avengers: Infinity War" and Chris Evans was bearded.

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Like many young men, baby-faced rapper-actor Drake occasionally embraces the glow-up a full beard can bring to someone who wants the world to take him more seriously.

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Korean singer-actor Choi Siwon thrilled many fans with his short beard for the drama "She Was Pretty."

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Soccer star David Beckham began wearing a bit of stubble during his playing days.

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Oscar Isaac may be clean-shaven when he portrays Poe Dameron in the "Star Wars" movies, but he's sported beards for roles in films such as "Ex Machina" and "Inside Llewyn Davis."

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Actor Ken Watanabe wore a beard in the film "The Last Samurai," and sometimes since then. The facial hair just adds to his distinguished style and demeanor.

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Jason Momoa's Aquaman, unlike the version of the character in the popular cartoon from the late 1960s, is a brooding, reluctant superhero with a bad-boy edge -- and an impressive beard.

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