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Cubans and beards have gone hand in hand, or cheek by jowl, since the days of Fidel Castro's revolution, but after falling out of favor, facial hair is back -- and this time, it's not political. Cuba's old guard, for the most part, no longer sport iconic beards, but the youngsters do. Having a beard these days on the streets of Havana is definitely more a question of style.Over the years, the symbolism has diminished, even if young Cubans continue to be surrounded at every turn by images of Fidel and Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos -- the revolution's most famous "barbudos". But according to clean-shaven journalist and writer Manuel Somoza, there were overwhelmingly practical reasons why beards took such a grip on Cuban culture in the immediate aftermath of the revolution -- blades were practically nonexistent.
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