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These Bearded Men Are Wearing Beautiful Mermaid Tails To Raise Money For Mental Health

They're called "Merb'ys" and they're fabulous.

Turns out Canada has a thing called Merb’ys, and they’re making a calendar in support of mental health. Who knew?

In a delightful initiative by the members of the Newfoundland and Labrador Beard & Moustache Club, a calendar of hirsute men in sparkly tails is being made to both challenge gender stereotypes and support mental health, gaining international attention in the process.

The name Merb’ys comes from the combining two words, “mermaid” and “b’y”, which is a Newfoundland term for boy or buddy.

In an interview with Buzzfeed, founder Hasan Hai said the club is open to anyone who grows or appreciates facial hair, and wants to give back to the community.

“People love that there’s a bunch of burly guys being very vulnerable in this whimsical calendar,” he said.

The idea for dressing up in tails apparently came from a friend posting a similar photo to his Facebook, and Hai realised it would be the perfect project for his club to undertake.

The proceeds from the calendar all go towards Newfoundland charity Spirit Horse NL, which offers therapeutic programs with mental-health benefits through interaction with horses.

“They’re desperately in need of funds and awareness because it’s expensive to raise and upkeep horses,” Hai said. “I figured right away that this is a cause our club can get behind.”

Hai says that he had over 40 volunteers for the shoot, including photographers and costume designers. The calendar is available for preorder now.

Feature image via Newfoundland and Labrador Beard & Moustache Club/Facebook