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This Man Transformed His Whole Life by Growing a Fabulous Ginger Beard

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You may not believe that a beard can change your life, but I don’t know. I’ve had a few cut and colors in my day that have made me feel like a whole new person, so why should an awesome, persona-defining beard be any different?

If you’re still feeling skeptical, let me introduce you to Gwilym Pugh. He started off as a 21-year-old insurance salesman, but working from home and various injuries made him gain weight (a whopping 280 pounds).

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“I was working 12 hours a day, plagued with injuries which meant I couldn’t train at all. I decided I needed to get my life in order and wanted to get healthy again.”

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Everything changed the day his barber encouraged him to grow a beard.

The suggestion was made due to the fact that Gwilym and his friends had recently started a folk band, and the barber thought that the beard would help him look more the part.

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Gwilym went one step farther in embracing his new lifestyle and also quit his desk job at the same time.

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“It was the best thing for my health as I stopped sitting for nine to ten hours a day.”

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He lost 90 pounds over 5 years, grew the beard, and created an Instagram account that eventually landed him a modeling job.

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He’s worked on campaigns with Vans, Bud Light, Diesel, and other recognizable names, and is even an ambassador for David Beckham’s male grooming brand, House 99!

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What a difference a beard can make, right?

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