Bearded & Tschorn: Justin Timberlake debuts a faceful of fuzz at CES
For followers of tonsorial trends, the big news coming out of the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week had nothing to do with the dazzling advances in technology and everything to do with Justin Timberlake's facial hair.
Pictures of J.T. on stage at a Panasonic press event Monday announcing the development of Myspace TV (Timberlake is one of the social network's investors) show the multihyphenate with a full, neatly trimmed brown beard that, when we crossed paths with him at GQ's Men of the Year party in mid-December was little more than week-old scruff.
We're not sure what exactly prompted the beard to blossom -- it could well be related to an upcoming film project -- but, over the years, our fascination with facial hair and our observations of how and why it's grown by menfolk of every stripe has taught us that such major changes are often outward manifestations of inner change (the newly unemployed and new fathers are just two examples).
Whatever the reason -- we won't speculate -- we kind of like the tonsorial Timberlake. It gives him a look of maturity and gravitas.
And that's no easy feat for a performer who literally grew up in front of the camera.
-- Adam Tschorn
Photo: A bearded Justin Timberlake speaks at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Monday. Credit: Ethan Miller / Getty Images