We hope you’ve joined us today with a clean shaven face, ready for the month of Movember!
What is Movember?
Movember is a month-long charity event running throughout November which raises funds and awareness for men's health issues. The great thing about it is that participants don’t have to do anything more than engage in a bit of basic grooming. The campaign has world-wide appeal and is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces. To take part, guys need to register at Movember.com on November 1st and must begin the month with a clean-shaven face.
In the UK, the aim of the Movember is to target testicular and prostate cancers which are the number one and two killers of British men at present. Over one million people have participated in the campaign since it began, resulting in over £106 million being raised. In the UK last year alone, more than 112,000 MoBros and MoSistas participated to help raise £10.3 million. Yes that’s right, males AND females can join in on this one!
A little history
Adam Garone was one of 30 guys in Australia who came up with the idea of Movember and in November 2003 placed a bet to see who could grow the best moustache (Mo) over the course of a month. After realising the fund-raising potential of the Mo, they decided to attach a purpose to the project - this being ‘men's health issues’.
Since Movember has such great appeal across the globe, we’ve decided to take a look at moustache culture around the world.
The word Moustache actually derives from the Italian word ‘Mostaccio’. The Italians hold the annual ‘Beard and Moustache’ festival in Puglia, where thousands compete in honour of the world of Mostaccio. If you’re eager and continue growing your moustache past November, then perhaps we’ll see you entering the competition one day!
The English moustache is very unique. Beginning at the middle of the upper lip, it is narrow with long whiskers which are pulled to the side and slightly curled with the ends pointing slightly upward. The areas past the corner of the mouth are usually shaved. Perhaps one of the most famous of Moustache wearers is England’s own Charlie Chaplin. Mr Chaplin had his own unique style that became a trademark of the great entertainer. Slightly trimmed at the sides, but in full growth towards the middle of his mouth, Charlie’s moustache played a defining role in his career.
It is estimated that around as many as 80% of men in southern India wear moustaches, which immediately places India above most countries in terms of moustache-wearing men. Having long held an important place in Indian culture, moustaches are seen as a potent symbol of virility. Bajansinh Juwansinh Gurjar holds the title of the world’s longest moustache, measured in 2004 at a whopping 12.6 feet!
Mexico is one of the world leaders in the moustache-density stakes. If you asked anyone to describe a stereotypical Mexican, the chances of them having a moustache are pretty high. Many years ago, few indigenous people grew facial hair, so when the European settlers arrived in Mexico, growing a moustache may have been a way of demonstrating “superior” social status.
In recent years, more and more men have shed their moustaches, in an effort to appear more modern and professional. Despite this trend, the moustache still plays an important role in Turkish society, and remains an important symbol of masculinity. Of course, there may also be religious reasons influencing the choice of a moustache, since a high proportion of male Turks are Sunni Muslims.
Movember is a great cause and a really good excuse to grow that epic moustache you’ve always secretly wanted; whether you’re aiming for the horseshoe, walrus or the toothbrush. Even if you do look ridiculous with a moustache, one thing you must say to yourself is, 'I'm doing it for charity.'
If you need some inspiration to find out what Mo is right for you, then check out the A-Z of famous moustaches.