It seems that lately, everywhere we look we see mustaches! On cards, websites, logos, cupcakes, photo props, jewelry… But where did this bizarre trend come from? All you have to do is search for “mustache” on my beloved Etsy, and you’ll find over 54,000 results! Well, it’s been rumored that the fake mustache fad originated with hipsters as a way to mock conventional ideals of fashion and style.
It’s also believed that PETA started the whole mustache craze with their campaign “Grow Your Own Fur” back in 2010. PETA posted a picture of a rabbit wearing a fake mustache with “You can help stop the killing of animals for their fur by growing your own fur” as the slogan for the campaign.
It doesn’t really matter where this originated from…the fact is that everyone is going crazy for mustaches! The craze started off slow, but gained momentum by late 2011 with Movember,(mustache+November) a campaign in which men grow mustaches throughout the month of November to help gain awareness to men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer and other male cancers. Women decided to support the Movember movement, by also sporting fake mustaches throughout the month.
Mustaches have also become a subject of humor. There’s even a picture of Sean Connery that’s been re-posted lots of times over the internet where the heading says, “I mustache you a question but I’m shaving it for later”. There is also a Fake Mustache Day celebrated on February 24, (the international celebration is held on February 3). So, even if you’re not into the whole false ‘stache thing, (and I know many of you aren’t) give it a try on Mustache Day, you might actually have some fun!
Will the mustache fade out soon? And what will replace it?
Let me know what you think?