Leukemia chic worked for Michael Stipe for 30 years, but in the twilight of the oughts’ first decade the allure of the beard has won him over. And it’s a good thing, too — look at that dapple grey!
The flourish of bushy grey anchoring Stipe’s face breaks free a hitherto unforeseen regality. His beard also offers a general softening of his face, validating any previously suspected platitudes as actual nuggets of wisdom. This is a beard that completes the man.
Postscript: Odd, however, is this unique conundrum: usually it is quite clearly the beard that garnishes great improvement upon a gentleman’s appearance, but here we can see that a simple winter hat and a Heather Graham shrewdly placed next to Stipe are what truly enhance his semblance. Nevertheless, no points are docked — everyone looks a little better with a winter hat and a Heather Graham by their side.