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Fashion Santa Looks A Lot Different Without The Beard

12/17/2015 01:55 EST | Updated 12/17/2015 02:59 EST

Toronto's "Fashion Santa" Paul Mason has become known for his glorious white beard, but the 51-year-old model didn't always have that signature facial hair.


In fact, according to Beautygeeks, Mason didn't mean to grow the beard at all.

"I stopped shaving when my mom passed away two years ago — I was a bit down," he says. "Then the beard took on a life of its own, and I decided I like the look."

So what does 'Fashion Santa' look like with no beard?

See for yourself:


But Mason is a fan of the facial hair, having once told the Ryersonian his pre-beard self "looks like a catalogue guy... boring."

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It seems as though the Twitterverse is divided, however:



So what do you say, beard or no beard? Vote below!

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