If you’ve owned a television or have had access to the internet over the last decade, you’ve definitely heard of Duck Dynasty. The television program ran for 11 seasons on the cable network, A&E. The show focused on the Robertsons, a family of religious duck hunters from Louisiana. Not only were the Robertsons down-to-earth hunters, but they were also the proud owners of a multi-million dollar business. Over the years, the Robertsons became famous for a lot of things, but they were most well-known for their beards. So, you’ll understand why the world was shocked when THIS Robertson family member shaved off his entire beard for an epic transformation!
Meet the Robertsons
Here we get to see the stars of the show, Duck Dynasty. If there is one thing that all of the men in the Robertson family have in common, it is that they all are rocking meaty beards! Beards have always been associated with machismo, and it makes sense that a bunch of hunters would be rocking them.
Leader of the Family
While Duck Dynasty is about every member of the family, you wouldn’t even have a show if not for Phil Robertson. Phil is the patriarch of the family and founder of the Robertson’s million-dollar duck calling business. Before he was known for his duck-related work, Robertson had been a star quarterback at Louisiana Tech. Robertson would even turn down an NFL invite in order to focus on his duck call business!
Despite how popular the show was during its heyday, the program eventually had to come to an end. After Phil made headlines for some mildly offensive remarks, A&E briefly suspended the show. However, the Robertsons would find themselves back on air albeit with lower ratings. Eventually, A&E decided to pull the plug on their hit show after eleven total seasons.
Meet Jase Robertson
If you were even only a mild Duck Dynasty fan, you know who Jase Robertson is. Jase is the second eldest child of Phil and the current COO of the family business. Jase was always known for being one of the funniest people on the show, and the ladies sure didn’t mind his burly good looks. With that being said, if you loved his beard then we have some pretty bad news for you.
Making a Plan
When you succeed in the world of reality television, you end up having a calling card that identifies you to your fans. For the male Robertsons, their beard became their trademark. So much so, in fact, that the Robertsons have heavily marketed their show around their giant beards. Still, Jase wanted to shave his off in order to help a good cause out.
Meet Mia Robertson
Mia Robertson is Jase’s eldest daughter. She was born with a cleft palate and cleft lip. While the condition is not deadly, it will leave Mia with speech difficulties as she grows up. Fortunately, Mia is in a position where her family can afford to give her the surgery that she needs in order to live a normal life.
While Jase and Missy Robertson were hesitant to put their child into surgery, they made the decision to go through with the adjustment in 2014. The surgery was announced publicly and the Robertson’s received overwhelming amounts of support. Mia would have a successful surgery in order to correct her cleft problems.
The Good Cause
Now, we get to the heart of our story. In order to afford other children the same opportunities that Mia had, Jase and Missy decided to establish the Mia Moo Fund. This charitable foundation is dedicated to helping children get the money that they need in order to surgically correct their cleft lips and palates. While Jase could afford to help his own daughter, he obviously can’t afford to help every child that needed it. This is where the epic beard shaving adventure begins.
Setting a Donation Goal
After announcing the foundation of the Mia Moo Fund, Jase knew that he needed to get their charity started off right. Jase and Missy decided to start a fundraising page in order to raise money for their foundation. They promised to shave Jase’s beard off if they were able to hit the $100,000 donation mark. While Jase was excited to raise the money for a good cause, he was also worried about shaving. Jase hadn’t been clean-shaven in nearly seven years!
The Eldest Brother
While the Robertson men were known for their fierce beards, one of them has stayed clean-shaven. Meet Al Robertson, the oldest of the Robertson brothers. Al has remained clean-shaven throughout his family’s famous years. Now, it seemed possible that Jase was about to be joining him. Jase had briefly trimmed his beard between seasons of Duck Dynasty, but shaving it off completely — that was an entirely different proposition!
Going Against His Word
To say that Duck Dynasty was a roaring part of ‘beard culture’ would be putting it mildly. In fact, Jase famously said during an episode of the show, “There are two kinds of people without beards: children and women. I am neither.” While Jase was likely making a joke, going from a walking beard to being completely clean-shaven would likely have shocked anyone!
Stepping Away From Fame
For Jase, the decision to shave his beard off wasn’t just about charity, though it obviously played a large part. In an interview back in 2013, Jase had alluded to shaving his beard off when Duck Dynasty came to an end. Originally, Jase had discussed shaving the beard off so that he could live a more anonymous life. Believe it or not, simply removing his beard has made a significant impact on how often he is recognized!
Farewell to the Beard
Jase wrestled with the idea of shaving his beard off for a long time. After all, his beard wasn’t just a fashion statement, it was also a practical feature. Duck hunters like Jase can use their beard to blend into the environment or to stay warm while the temperature is still frigid. Ultimately, Jase decided that he wanted to do right by his charity, so #ShaveJase became a reality.
Downsides to Beards
Besides all of the good things that his beard did for him, there were some downsides that Jase had to face. For starters, Jase had revealed that he would get extra searches while going through lines at the airport. He also noticed that security would treat him differently when he had a completely shaved face.
Meet Mr. Geico
Speaking of ‘beard negatives’, Jase was once stopped by an apparent fan for an autograph and picture. After talking to the young boy for a moment, Jase realized that the kid didn’t know who he was! As it turned out, the child had thought that he was the Geico Caveman! Yeah, if you are getting compared to a caveman due to your beard, maybe shaving is the right way to go?
Million Dollar Beard
While we are sure that Jase doesn’t value his beard beyond what it does for his facial features, we can put a number on it. According to what little information that is out there, Jase has a net worth north of $10 million. We have to wonder, would Jase and the rest of the Robertson family have been even a fraction as successful without their trademark furry faces? We honestly doubt it. The beard turned into a wonderful marketing tool. Needless to say, Jase was going to be just fine with shaving his beard off after all.
Rather than try to latch onto a new show, Jase decided that he was all good with being out of the Duck Dynasty game. Instead, Jase would go on to create his own website, CamoFlix, in order to keep fans abreast of what he was doing in his post-television life. Nowadays, it seems like Jase is largely focused on hunting, attending Christian conventions, and meeting his fans. That’s not a bad way to spend your retirement, is it? We’re sure that there is plenty of duck hunting, too.
Drumming Up Anticipation
If you’ve ever worked on a fundraiser, you’ll know how important it is to drum up anticipation for your project. Well, Jase was fortunate enough that media outlets were eager to help him promote. Here we see Jase and Missy on the set of a morning talk show hosted by Fox News. Things were officially heating up as the announcement had been broadcast to the world. Now it was time to get serious and to shave that beard.
Iconic ‘Before’ Picture
In order to really make the event special, Jase decided to stream the removal of his beard live on Facebook. Here we see Jase sitting in his own barber chair, waiting for the razors to come out. Jase looks a little worried in this shot, wouldn’t you say? Fortunately, his amazing makeover was about to get started. Don’t worry Jase, it’ll all be over soon!
Meet the NEW Jase Robertson
In the blink of an eye, a new Jase emerged to the world. With his beard shaved and his hair carefully trimmed, Jase presented an entirely new image to his supporting fans. Missy was delighted with the outcome of the makeover, and she was quick to go to Twitter to praise her husband’s new looks. According to Missy, she noticed that she was flirting with Jase more than ever. We’d call that a successful haircut, right?
Here we see Jase’s family together for a picture. Jase is still rocking the clean-shaven look and Mia looks as happy as ever. Thanks to their efforts, they raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support those children that suffered from a cleft lip. Thanks to Jase’s silly beard, lives were going to be changed. You can tell that the whole family was ecstatic with the outcome.
Wait, There’s More!
While Jase is the most famous Robertson family member to go ‘clean’, he isn’t the only one who has been there. Here’s another amazing shot that features a clean-shaven Willie Robertson. Willie is the engine behind the Duck Dynasty enterprise, but you wouldn’t know it from that ‘before’ photo. They basically look like two different people!
Young Si Robertson
Even Si Robertson kept it pretty clean-cut in his younger days. We bet that you’ve never seen Si looking like this! Apparently, the military doesn’t appreciate duck hunters who sport wild bears during their time in the service. Oh well, Si still looked dashing in his clean-cut uniform. Si was a Sergeant, too, how about that!
Jase’s Wedding Photos
This photograph shows Jase and Missy after their wedding. Seeing Jase all young and clean-shaven is going to be an image that is tough to get out of our heads! In fact, now we’re starting to think that Jase’s natural look is clean-shaven. We’re all confused now, Jase, so thanks for that! Oh well, at least they look great in both pictures.
More Throwback Photos
If you want to completely change how you see Jase and Missy, keep looking at these photos. This photo of Missy and Jase makes them seem almost unrecognizable when compared to their ‘famous look’ on Duck Dynasty. Jase, in particular, looks incredibly young in this shot. They look barely out of high-school, imagine that.
Baby Faced Beauties
Long before Jase was anchoring one of the biggest shows on A&E, he was enjoying a quiet married life. This photo captures the baby-faced Duck Dynasty stars enjoying a vacation to Hawaii. It is crazy how much their lives have changed since this photograph was taken. We wonder if we will ever have that kind of experience.
Meet Young Phil Robertson
Finding photos of Phil Robertson without his beard may prove to be slightly more difficult. Phil is more than just a legend, his beard is an almost mythical part of pop-culture history. As it turns out, you really have to turn back the clock in order to see Phil without his trademark beard. He looks incredibly young in this shot!
When the Robertson boys talk about their childhood, they all circle around the same conversation. Willie revealed in an interview that he and his brothers had grown up ‘rough and tough’ and that, due tot heir childhood, they were able to cultivate independent and confident personalities. This adorable photo doesn’t even begin to hint at the million-dollar success story that is waiting in their future.
Chance For Success
According to Jase, the family didn’t believe that their show would be successful. The Robertson family had grown up ‘real poor’, according to Jase. The Robertsons lived in a two-bedroom house that was filled with the four boys and their two parents. Despite their poor circumstances, the Robertson family managed to work their way into becoming huge successes.
Here is another great shot of a clean-shaven Willie with his family. Willie has gone on the record numerous times to say that growing up in show business was hard for his children. According to Willie, the entire experience would either have broken his family apart or brought them together. As is evidenced by this picture, it’s pretty clear that they grew stronger together.
Beard for Life
If you like these young pictures of a beard-free Willie, don’t get used to that feeling. According to Willie, there is a zero percent chance that he is ever shaving his beard off again. Thankfully, Willie has the support of his wife, Korie. According to Korie, it is just fine if Willie keeps his beard forever. With that being said, maybe she needs to look at these old photos. A clean-shaven Willie is adorable!
Despite never playing a down in the NFL, Phil Robertson sure looked like a future NFL star. While he attended Louisiana Tech, Phil was the starting quarterback ahead of future Hall of Famer, Terry Bradshaw. If Phil had chosen to go pro, who knows where his life would be today? What we do know is this, you have to have courage to say no to that kind of opportunity. You also have to have faith in your plan.
Did you know that Phil was also a TEACHER before he was a famous duck hunting reality star? It’s true! This amazing photo shows the life that Phil Robertson could have had, should he have chosen to stay in academia. NOw that we think about it, it is kind of crazy that Phil could have been an NFL star, an English professor, AND a reality star. When someone is talented, boy are they talented.
Hearts in Louisiana
After Phil and Kay got married, they had to make a decision. Would they stay home in Louisiana in order to try and build their lives together, or would they go out and see the world? They ended up choosing to stay in Louisiana due to their love of the area. As a result, the Robertsons were able to build a family and an empire all in their home state.
Creating the Beard
Phil officially began growing his beard while his children were teenagers. While they wanted to join him, they had to wait until after graduating from high school. According to Phil, he has not shaved his beard since his children were teenagers. Talk about dedication!
Dog Survives Cancer By Wearing Outlandish Costumes
Whenever dogs and cats get spayed or neutered, they have to wear the “cone of shame.” It’s that big uncomfortable plastic cone that keeps them from being able to bite at their stitches- which would be pretty messy and unpleasant for everyone. But, anyone who has ever had a pet in the cone of shame knows- they really hate it. Sometimes they try furiously to get out of it, and sometimes they just lay down and whine- but that ALWAYS hate it.
But we found one exceptional case of a golden retriever that actually seemed to enjoy his come. Rusty is a 9-year-old retriever who had a rare case of bladder cancer. Fortunately, Mary and Madeline are very proactive about Rusty’s health and take him in for checkups regularly. Rusty’s cancer was spotted and diagnosed early. That gave Mary and Madeline a lot of hope- but naturally, they were very worried about their furry pal. Rusty didn’t show any signs of illness, except for visible weakness in his left hind leg, which he would favor. This, it turned out to be caused by pain in his abdomen when he put weight on the leg.
After being diagnosed, he was scheduled quickly and put on a regimen of chemo. The surgery went well, but Rusty had to wear the cone, as well as having to be forced to take a long period of rest. Because Rusty is a very energetic character, his rest period had to be chemically enforced. Rusty had to take medicine to make him calm enough to get through his rest period.
But Rusty’s owners Mary and Madeline had an idea to help Rusty get through his recovery, as well as to help fund his medical bills. It was around Halloween, and the two started making creative costume designs out of Rusty’s cone of shame.
They first turned him into a martini with a toothpick and olives made from construction paper. Then they turned his cone into a shark’s head with teeth, eyes, and fins. Then they make him into a “shush puppy” with wadded up, colored packing paper and a straw made from a tube. At one point Rusty found himself transformed into a submarine with a hull and a domed window. He was made into a space alien, a bowling ball, a long list of cocktails, a ghost, and many other outlandish things.
Not surprisingly, Mary and Madeline took some heat from online communities for their creative use of Rusty’s cone. People said it was abusive. They said it was a waste of their time. And sometimes they said truly awful things because- well, this is the Internet. But Mary and Madeline could see that Rusty was having as much fun as they were- and the support, both emotionally and financially, was overwhelming.
Rusty loved the laughs and the attention he was getting and started to really get into his costumes. On top of that, Rusty developed a hearty following on Instagram as his costumes grew wilder and more imaginative.
Eventually, Rusty’s cone was removed and he made a full recovery. While some derided the use of his medical predicament as something to be made fun of, others could see that Rusty was having as much fun as his owners. But perhaps best of all, many other pet owners with pets donning the cone of shame have made a tradition out of dolling up their medically yoked pets.
As for Rusty, he’s somewhat of a pioneer, as well as a cancer survivor. And he still enjoys having creative costumes made for him even though he no longer has his cone for them to be built upon.
6 Year Old Boy Stands Against Bullying With a Custom T-Shirt
Bullying is a big problem in today’s schools. In fact, 20-30% of students admit to being bullied, and 70% of teachers and students say they have witnessed bullying. However, this isn’t the issue you would expect to be on a 6-year-old boy’s mind when he considers the first day of school. For Blake Rajahn of Georgia, this is exactly what was on his mind. He saw an opportunity to do something about it, and he took it.
Mom Asks a Simple Question
Blake’s mom, Nikki, had recently started her own business making personalized apparel and home goods. She told him he could choose a shirt with anything he wanted on it as a first day of school present. She expected him to ask for what most boys his age would, a cartoon character or a sports theme. What he said surprised her and made her extremely proud.
Nikki says she told Blake, “I will make him any shirt he would like. It could have anything- a basketball theme, football, etc. which are all his favorites”.
A Heartwarming Yet Surprising Answer
Blake went far beyond Nikki’s expectations with his response. He replied, “Will you please make me a shirt that says ‘I will be your friend’ for all the kids who need a friend to know that I am here for them?”
Blake’s T-shirt was bright orange with “I will be your friend” in green block letters. While most kids just attempt to keep their head down and fit in, Blake chose to stand out as much as possible to spread his message of friendship and kindness.
Social Media Popularity
Blake’s mom did what any proud parent would do, and posted a picture and the story behind it on Facebook. Her intention was simply to share the moment with those close to her. However, the post went viral. Soon she had others wanting the shirt as well.
Not Just Business as Usual
She states that she had many people ordering the same shirt or shirts with a similar positive message, with many including #blakesfriends in honor of Blake. Nikki sells the custom T-shirts for $15 each. She is also giving back to the local community.
A portion of each t-shirt sold goes to Real LIfe Center, a local church charity. The Real Life Center offers lots of help to needy families in the community, including food pantries, financial counseling, and senior programs.
She took things a step further as well, and allows people to donate money for shirts for those who want one but can’t afford them. It seems Blake seems to have learned about caring for others from the best place possible, his mom.
This heartwarming story is a great reminder that the youngest of us can sometimes teach the greatest lessons. It also shows that a small thing like a custom t-shirt can start a movement and create positive change in the world.
Sky Brown Looks to Catch Air at 2020 Olympics
When you were 11, your biggest goals probably included climbing trees, playing Little League and eating ice cream. Sky Brown wants to win the 2020 summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
Brown already landed her spot on Team Great Britain as a skateboarder. She’s determined to compete at as young an age as possible, to show other children that their age should not determine their abilities.
“I would like to go to the Olympics while I’m young — I don’t really wanna be 16 or something going to the Olympics [for the first time],” she told FanSided. “I wanna be young and show every girl that you can do it, just go for it — even though you’re little.”
Her mom hails from Japan, while her dad comes from Great Britain. Although her favorite skating spot is in Miyazaki City Skate Park in her hometown of Miyazaki, Japan, Brown chose to compete on the British Olympics team.
It might seem wild to say chose, but Brown has her pick of teams since wowing the crowds and judges as the youngest female competitor in a Vans Pro tournament at the 2016 Vans US Open Pro Series. She was eight. Although she wiped out on a maneuver, she impressed coaches, commentators and judges with one commentator putting it mildly when he said, “She skates bigger than she is.”
Brown already leads an international lifestyle since she normally lives and trains in Japan, but competes in California, USA. She now trains with Team Great Britain. She’s competed professionally since the age of seven.
“I just love skateboarding. It’s my happy place,” Brown told CBS News. “Even if I fall or if I get hurt, that won’t stop me to do what I love.”
Until making the GB Olympic team, she did not have a coach. Her father initially taught her to skateboard and surf, but once she went pro, she’s been on her own. She learned to skateboard at age three, but since she was seven has taught herself from YouTube videos. Brown watches other skaters’ videos and after careful study, practices the moves and tricks until she perfects it.
Aside from her message to all youth that age does not impact your ability to make an impact, she also wants young women to know that you can be a female athlete and still love being what she refers to as a “girly-girl.”
“I love makeup, dresses, jewelry. I want girls to know that they can be a girly-girl and do sports,” she said in an interview.
She took a short break from skating to prove that with her appearance on “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors.” Brown partnered with JT Church to win the initial season of DWTS: Juniors bringing home the mirror ball trophy as the youngest contestants in the DWTS history.
She might be one of the youngest feminists inspiring young women today. Brown says that in her native Japan, many girls eschew sports. As a lover of skateboarding, surfing, makeup and dresses, she wants girls of all ages to understand that choosing athletics does not mean giving up traditionally feminine things.
“In Japan, there are a lot of girls that don’t participate in sports and it is looked at more as something for boys to do,” she said in an interview with Teen Vogue. “I want to change this so girls can see they can do the same activities as boys if not better. Girls can do anything and we shouldn’t care what people say. Just do it and have fun.”
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