Beard Turns Nerdy Guy Into Hunky GQ Model
By Dave Basner
August 10, 2019
So today has been an absolute whirlwind!! I woke up with a banging hangover after the @vo5 @nmemagazine awards to news the article about my personal journey has pretty much gone viral around the world 😱 I’m so incredibly grateful to everyone commenting kind words and supporting me, I think it’s easy to criticise people, especially online, but it’s 2018 and we need to start lifting each other up! Literally anything is possible, even if you’re not aware of it yet. . . PS.. huge thank you to @instagram for making my journey possible!! . . . . . . . #beforeandafter #transformation #gingerbeard #weightloss #fatlossjourney #redhead #gingerhair #gingerman #igtransformation @instagram
In 2006, Gwilym Pugh was just a guy selling insurance from a spare bedroom in his London home. Gwilym was considering focusing more on the folk band he was in with a friend and during a haircut, his barber suggested that he grow a beard since he didn't really look like a musician. That's when things really changed for Pugh.
Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride! #HunterSThompson . @belstaff #SS18 #Belstaff #Ad . . . . . . #mensstyle #mensfashion #menswear #leatherjacket #longhair #gingerhair #gingerbeard
Gwilym heeded his barber's words and as his beard began to grow, he also decided to get back into shape. Over the next five years, he dropped nearly 100 pounds and documented the journey on Instagram.
Super excited to announce I’m gunna be working with me ol’ mate @davidbeckham again this year on his new grooming brand @house99 exclusive to @harveynicholsmen! Give them a follow to see what’s in store!! . . . . . #house99 #hometoyournextlook #mensgrooming #mensskincare #menstyles #mensfashion #gingerhair #gingerbeard #hawaiianshirt #printshirt #beardstyle #ad #davidbeckham
That's where he caught the eye of modeling scouts, who signed him up with an agency. He wound up in a coffee table book titled 100 Beards and his career was off and running.
He's since appeared in ads for Vans, Bud Light and Diesel, and he's been in GQ. He's also the ambassador for David Beckham's men's grooming brand, House 99.
What a difference a beard makes.