Sometimes even the smallest bit of advice can turn your whole life around. That is what happened to Gwilym Pugh, a 21-year-old with a successful desk job in Finance. When his barber suggested him to grow a beard he could have never have imagined that this recommendation will turn his life upside down.
The comment was made after Pugh’s barber found out that he plays in a folk band. According to him, the beard should have helped him look more like a folk musician. However, changing his facial hair wasn’t enough for Gwilym as he decided to change his lifestyle that he wasn’t so happy about as well.
“At that time I was pretty overweight, working 12 hours a day, plagued with injuries which meant I couldn’t train at all,” Pugh explained the Daily Mail where his journey began. “The business was doing okay, but I decided I needed to get my life in order and wanted to get healthy again.”
The guy claims that quitting the job that made him sit around for 9 to 10 hours per day was the best thing for his health. He has lost 90 pounds since he started his transformation that included changing his diet and beginning to exercise.
The things really started to escalate when his Instagram account was noticed by Welsh tailor Nathan Palmer and he was invited to model for his brand. Now Pugh is proud to be a part of London agency AMCK Models and working with names like Vand, Diesel, Bud Light, and the new David Beckham’s men’s grooming brand, House 99.
Keep scrolling down to see the amazing transformation that lead a simple insurance man to his worldwide fame.
Gwilym Pugh was a shy man, working 12 hours a day from his home
But his life was never the same after Gwilym’s barber urged him to grow a beard
This is how the man looks now
Despite his success, Gwilym remains humble
“Having worked in finance for years, the opportunity to work with creative people and travel around the world is amazing”
“I’m happier and healthier than I ever thought possible and doing things that didn’t even cross my mind to dream of”
“A picture says a thousand words…. Coming from being 22 years old, overweight, plagued with injuries, and unhappy barely leaving the house”
Working as a model, Gwilym is even an ambassador of David Beckham’s new male grooming brand
“I try not to get caught up in it all and my girlfriend helps a great deal with that”
“It was the best thing for my health”
“I think I’m lucky I got into this profession at the age that I did”
In keeping with his new look, Gwilym’s constantly maintaining his body
“Regular osteo treatment and morning mobility and HIIT workouts are what’s in order”
If this won’t convince you to grow a beard, we don’t know what will