MEAN Girl of the Month - October - Tessa Bischoff - Cincinnati, Ohio

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NAME:  Tessa Bischoff

HOMETOWN:  Cincinnati, Ohio USA

AGE:  40

CAREER:   Instructional Aid, Founder of The Whiskerinas

HIGHLIGHTS & HOBBIES:  Art, Crafting, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Hiking, Snowboarding, Wakeboarding, Disc Golf, Music Lover, Outdoors and Travelling.  My all time favorite thing to do is spend time with my husband and two boys.

LOVES:  Exploring new places, adventures, gorgeous skies and breathtaking views.

DISLIKES:  Cold rainy weather, meat, rude people.

MEAN LIFE:  Dream, create, inspire.  Never let anything stand in your way. 

INSTAGRAM:  @tessabischoff 

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Tessa with her husband MEAN BEARD Ambassador Matt Bischoff & their two boys

In 2010 I founded a group called The Whiskerinas.  It all began when I joined my husband at his first beard and moustache competition in Ohio.  Competing with facial hair was just as fun as it sounded, but I quickly realized it was even more than a good time.  The entire event raised a great deal of money for an amazing charity organization. They added a crafting women’s category in the event and I decided I would compete for fun. Never having attended an event like this I had no idea what to expect.  All I knew was that my husband was going and I’m always down for a good time, so why not have the most fun with it.  I immediately kicked in to my creative crafting mindset and I put together a bearded viking costume.  

I placed in the competition that night, but I walked away inspired by meeting so many people from all over the country and all different walks of life.  So many different types of people in one room, coming together for an amazing cause and having a great time doing so.  7 years ago facial hair wasn’t as widely accepted.  Many of these people walked in their normal day lives as someone that would stand out as different just because of the facial hair they wore.  It was very refreshing to be in a room full of people that were so accepting and non judgmental.  I think when you take a room filled with people that all look the same, you are forced to get to know them for who they are instead of what they look like. I was incredibly inspired. I left that competition and told my husband that I wanted to do more.  Specifically, I wanted to give the women a chance to be involved in this community.  Many women were there supporting their husbands, boyfriends, friends and family members.  They were involved in the planning and organizing of the event. This would give them a chance to have a little fun and be creative at the events. By giving women a chance to compete we would include more people at the events, draw larger crowds and ultimately earning more money for charity.

Once I founded the group, many chapters were born across the USA.  It grew and the women competing started to take it to the next level. My costume was the new normal at each competition and the women’s categories quickly became the crowd favorite. We faced some adversity in the beginning by some of the men that were taking it all a little too serious.  We were told we couldn’t compete at a National level alongside the men, although women were allowed to compete at every other competition throughout the USA each year.  I pushed back and said “Fine, then we will have our own!” I put together a National competition, so the same women competing all throughout the year would get a chance to earn a National title.  Since then we have held 3 National competitions.  Because of our persistence and continuing growth and acceptance we are now included with our own categories in the National championships held each year.   Throughout the last 7 years we have earned so much money for a variety of charities.  The first National competition earned quite a bit of money for Breast Cancer Research.  The second National competition raised money for the Athlete Recovery Fund. The list goes on and on.  I am very proud that we were able to use something like creating artistic beards to bring people together to help out so many charities each year.  This year was especially exciting for us.  For the first time ever the Whiskerinas were included in the World Beard and Moustache Championships. I couldn’t help but feel especially proud and I’m incredibly inspired by the women that continue to show up and do amazing beards and moustaches for charity each year.

For more information on The Whiskerinas, or to get involved, please join The Whiskerinas @thewhiskerinas on Facebook or Instagram.  There you can contact Tessa or one of the other admin ladies directly.  They will be happy to hear from you!  Beard On!


2017 World Beard and Moustache Championships in Austin, Texas - Women's Realistic Moustache Category

 

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