There's no doubt that Chaz Bono has come leaps and bounds in terms of owning his transformation since he first cha-cha-chaed across the "Dancing with the Stars" ballroom floor and into the hearts of viewers across the country. And "Dancing" fans aren't the only ones who are taking notice -- Bono was named among OUT magazine's 100 most influential gay, lesbian and transgender men and women.
And he's in good company. Adam Lambert, Tim Gunn, Brad Goreski and Lance Bass were also named by the magazine.
But one thing we can't understand is why Bono is shaving off the facial hair he was so proud to grow.
"I've always been attracted to facial hair since I was a little kid," Bono told me in August. "I remember my mom had a boyfriend for years that I absolutely adored. He had a beard. I remember thinking I wish I could have a beard like that."
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Check out Bono showing off his stubble below: