Illustration: Hudson Hongo/Gizmodo (Official White House portrait by David Lienemann)

No one wants to believe that a person without eyebrows can’t be elected as president. But there are certain political realities we have to face in the run-up to the 2020 presidential elections.

Any Democratic candidate who lacks eyebrows is sure not only to face dirty tricks and low-blow Twitter nicknames from the president (“Joey No-Brow,” “Weird-Browed Warren,” “Bernie Bye-Brows,” etc.) but tough questions from the public—questions like “Is this a political statement from Yang or did he just blow too big a bubblegum bubble,” “Oh my god what did Mayor Pete do to his face,” and “Bloomberg looks slightly different today... but how?”


This election is too important to ignore these issues. Democratic voters need to be prepared for the possibility that come Nov. 3, 2020, their choices may turn out to be four more years of Donald Trump or a candidate with no eyebrows but otherwise completely normal hair.

Here’s what each of the nine top-polling 2020 Democrats would look like in that situation, visualized using next-generation computer graphics technology and listed in order of their FiveThirtyEight average as of Jan. 16, 2020. Look carefully and judge wisely, because it’s always possible that one of these candidates will have a disastrous shaving accident, look too closely at an open flame, light an exploding cigar, or trip while touring a cosmetics factory and land face first in a puddle of hair-removal spray before election day.

Former Vice President Joe Biden

Illustration: Hudson Hongo/Gizmodo (Official White House photo by David Lienemann)

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders

Illustration: Hudson Hongo/Gizmodo (Official Senate portrait of Bernie Sanders, 2007)

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren

Photo: Hudson Hongo/Gizmodo (Official Senate portrait of Elizabeth Warren)

Former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg


Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg

Illustration: Hudson Hongo, Gizmodo (Thibault Camus/File/AP)

Andrew Yang

Illustration: Hudson Hongo/Gizmodo (Phil Long/AP)

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar

Illustration: Hudson Hongo/Gizmodo (Official Senate portrait of Amy Klobuchar)

Tom Steyer

Illustration: Hudson Hongo/Gizmodo (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard

Illustration: Hudson Hongo/Gizmodo (Official House portrait of Tulsi Gabbard)

All together, now

Illustration: Hudson Hongo/Gizmodo ( (Thibault Camus/AP; Phil Long/AP; Scott Olson/Getty Images; official U.S. government portraits; official South Bend portrait)

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