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World Beard and Moustache Champaion Jack Passion

Jack Passion, 25, elicits stares at his local barber shop as he gets a trim in preparation for the 2009 World Beard and Moustache Championships in Anchorage, Alaska. No stranger to the arena of competitive facial hair-growing, Passion and his follicular flair won first place in the full beard: natural category at the 2007 championship in Brighton, England. He has since incorporated, launching a line of organic cotton T-shirts silk-screened with the likeness of his beard and self-publishing a how-to book entitled The Facial Hair Handbook. "Everywhere I go, it starts conversations," Passion says of his six-year-old beard. "I've gotten a lot of perspective on what it feels like to be looked at all the time."

Photographed for the LA Times

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Jack Passion, 25, elicits stares at his local barber shop as he gets a trim in preparation for the 2009 World Beard and Moustache Championships in Anchorage, Alaska. No stranger to the arena of competitive facial hair-growing, Passion and his follicular flair won first place in the full beard: natural category at the 2007 championship in Brighton, England. He has since incorporated, launching a line of organic cotton T-shirts silk-screened with the likeness of his beard and self-publishing a how-to book entitled The Facial Hair Handbook. "Everywhere I go, it starts conversations," Passion says of his six-year-old beard. "I've gotten a lot of perspective on what it feels like to be looked at all the time."<br />
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Photographed for the LA Times