To celebrate the arrival of 2016, check out my personal list of the
39 Hottest Male Bodies of 2015, in no particular order.
This is a subjective list, so I welcome and encourage your comments, but please refrain from insults about my taste, how you wouldn't sleep with a guy who wasn't covered head-to-toe in body hair, etc. It's just for fun.
I'm choosing not only the best bodies, but also the ones I think deserve to be called hottest, so don't worry if not every single one of them has visible abs. (Okay, most of them do.)
Considering this is how I look with my shirt off, I'm either the worst judge of great bodies or, perversely, maybe the best. But I was once absurdly the editor of Torso Magazine, so I figure I've got as much a right as the next schlub.
Thanks for reading all year long ...
He took it all off. Well, most of it.
Okay, so as I said, the list is not in any order ... but if it were, Joe Manganiello would still probably be in pole position.
In 2015, the man with the sickest abs in the movies enjoyed a lot more exposure in the Magic Mike sequel than he had in the original, showing off moves so good you almost believed that women are such generous tippers in strip joints that they throw their bills in the air nowhere near the actual dancers, as the movie suggested.
Manganiello's biggest splash of the year was his showmantic wedding to Sofia Vergara. (Their sex has to be Freddy Peterson-level.) While seeing him pledge his undying love to a girl wasn't all that erotic, his tender rendition of “Sweet Child o' Mine” sure made some gay hearts flutter.
But back to his body—it's a work of art. Case closed.
Boselli has burst onto the scene as one of the most beautiful, physically symmetrical, cuddliest, most muscular male models around ... and his day job was as a math teacher! I'd be a whole lot better at long division had he been my professor. (He can add numbers well, so has retired from math in order to rake in the $$$ in front of the camera.)
When one of his students noticed Boselli's modeling photos, a Facebook post went viral in 2015, leading to gigs with Abercrombie & Fitch and a coveted cover of UK's Attitude.
As lovely as he is, Boselli has spoken out about being sexually objectified. I, for one, have no problem with thinking that beautiful people are dumb. Everyone I meet is smart until proven dumb.
He's got the brains, he's got the looks—let's hope he makes lotsa money.
But I don't need to meet Boselli to know he has one of the hottest bodies of this or any year.
As lifelong dancer Bryan assured me: They're real, and they're spectacular.
Hawn should be a jerk. With a body like that and with a propensity to tease with it as he does in his many hot 'n' hilarious video parodies, this guy has definitely earned his share of mastur-haters (guys who probably whack off to him, but despise him for making them want to).
You could give that ass a wedgie in long johns.
I personally did not assume that Hawn was a nice guy. I've been on him (not literally, or I could sell my computer because I'd never use it) since 2013, when I interviewed him about his rising profile, and while he came off well in that piece, I couldn't have guessed anything about his actual demeanor.
But when I sat down with him for a sushi pig-out recently, I found him to be even nicer than he is sexy, which is a lot-lot. He makes his living flaunting his impossible ass to hit tunes, but he's no ass himself. As I've written recently, he comes across in person as shy, thoughtful, analytical and productive. In a world filled with sexy bodies, he's carved out a one-man niche for making money off of his in a way that makes people smile. Hawn is the first person to admit that his output—while technically on-point—is ridiculous. That's the goal; he's a master of escapism.
The attention he generates is helping him move his books, too.
Some of my favorite Hawn joints from his YouTube channel: Justin Bieber's “Sorry,” Justin Bieber's “Love Yourself,” Justin Bieber's “I'll Show You”—okay, he does a lot of Bieber!—Nick Jonas's “Avalanche,” Selena Gomez's “Good for You” (this one is revelatory), his bromance parody and of course his most famous: Miley Cyrus's “Wrecking Ball.”
P.S. For a glimpse into the non-sexy side of Hawn, you gotta watch the above video of him surprising his former pet—Jake the hyena—at the preserve where he eventually had to leave the animal. Seeing how this animal reacts to seeing Hawn may be uncomfortably familiar—don't you do this when he drops a new parody? (Help support Jake's home here.)
Long an Internet favorite for his sexy roles in flops, Cavill broke through with The Tudors (2007—2010) and
got a legit shot at superstardom via Man of Steel (2013), taking up the mantle of Superman. Outside of a ludicrous showman with Kaley Cuoco, he seems to have shied away from the publicity machine, although he's set to play Superman three more times before the decade closes.
His body is only surpassed by his face in terms of beauty. This guy is full Hexum for me.
I put Cavill at #3 on my personal list of Hottest Movie Actors of All Time. My only regret is that I didn't place him even higher.
How do I love he? Let me count the abs.
Steven Edward Dehler
Gee, whiz, if I had a date scheduled with this guy, I'm thinking instead of flowers, I'd bring him a diamond ring. After all, with a cute face, killer hair, chiseled body and an ass you'd aim for if you had to jump from a burning building, if Dehler isn't husband material, no one is.
On top of that (or maybe even on bottom), I have it on very good authority that Dehler is a sweet guy; no diva attitude, just gee-whiz gratitude for the position in which he finds himself—he is a bona fide Internet sensation, the face (and more) of Marco Marco and an in-demand model. He's even been on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
I think it would be tough to pick a favorite image of Dehler, who gets along with the camera like Marilyn Monroe, but with a penis. But one of his best has to be the one he shot in front of his Bianca Del Rio shower curtain—it manages to incorporate all of his charms, as well as his sense of whimsy.
How is Calvin Klein not throwing birthday bashes for this one?
Don't be stupid: Follow him on Instagram.
Always let them see you sweat when you look like this sweaty. (Instagram @7dub)
In 2015, this devastatingly sexy Brit had to deal with the indignity of being discussed as a poor choice to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond. He did it with aplomb, saying, “If everyone wants something, they can make it happen.”
Already a Golden Globe winner, he's up for another this year for his supporting role in the acclaimed Netflix flick Beasts of No Nation. Even the Queen of England finds Elba a worthy subject.
At 43, it's harder to maintain a drool-worthy build, but Elba manages; click here for his fave workout and go-to midnight snack.
This Chinese model seems to be going places, and if you want to track his physical transformation, Ten Chunk's got it all—from willowy kid to what looks like a supermodel-in-the-making.
Lawesdy's Instagram is pretty vague, with many images lacking captions. When you look like that, you can let pictures speak 1,000 words.
Marco Marco makes anyone look hot. Dawson makes any underwear look hot. (Get 20% off Marco Marco using code BOY20 here.
When I first started shooting, I knew I'd focus on shooting guys. I'm not inventing the wheel with this hobby, but I am geeked every time I find a beautiful dude who knows what to do in front of my camera.
The one model I've shot the most goes by Dawson. A student, he could teach most of us a lot about building muscle naturally—something he's been doing for the past few years. I would argue that he's been doing it with quite a bit of success, judging by his symmetry, suppleness and strength.
Of course, even with a body of death, it doesn't hurt that he looks like the love child of Matt Dillon and Josh Hartnett.
The rest of my images of Dawson are on the way. I trust you'd like to see more?
Everyone who reads Boy Culture knows I'm a fan and friend of Reilich, who got his start in the public eye as “Nick the Gardener” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
He is a gentle giant, but a giant indeed—his desire to act (he had a brief moment in Magic Mike XXL and has been profiled on ExtraTV.com) is overshadowed by his desire to get bigger 'n' bigger. In fact, he just recently competed in his first bodybuilding competition.
Guess how he did?
Follow Big Billy on Instagram here.
I met up with dirty-minded XXX-star Zevran when he showed up for one of the anniversary parties thrown at NYC's The Adonis Lounge. He was a low-key charmer (and gave good lap-dance), and offered up some of the funniest responses to my already funny questions.
Zevran is a BFD in porn, so much so that Andrew Christian offered Zevran-signed undies in 2015.
How does he get that body? Well, being a former Marine gave him a headstart. You'll find out a lot more about the sex maniac via this long 2014 interview with Str8UpGayPorn.
I would do anything to look like that ... except eat right and exercise.
The owner of ECore Fitness in Palm Springs, Mr. Pilates is an inspiration for those of us who are past ... well, let's say 30 ... in that he is not hot for his age (somehow, he's 46), he's just plain hot.
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If you follow Bergara's Instagram page, you'll be treated to a never-ending array of helpful and not unerotic clips showing him putting his god bod through its paces in artfully controlled ways.
Sean's biz bio provides the answer to why he is so fitness-oriented—it saved his life:
Sean’s passion for fitness began after he suffered a serious skiing accident in 1991. After a year of physical rehabilitation followed by an intensive exercise regime, he was unable to function properly without chronic pain. Sean had the wonderful opportunity to study the complexities of the human body; biomechanics, Clinical Pilates and functional weight training. He discovered, after many years, that he could properly realign his body, improve functionality and eliminate pain. With this knowledge, he repaired many of the unhealthy movement patterns caused by his traditional physical therapy and years of improper weight training techniques. This life changing experience led him to a career as a health and fitness professional where he constantly works to reverse painful movement patterns and to restore his client’s stability, strength, endurance, and flexibility.
He's one of those people who seems like he feels every one of his nerve endings, and wouldn't you like to feel them, too?
I met Instagratification veteran Mark a few years ago, when a Speedo he was wearing was auctioned off for AIDS. We do shit like that in New York.
Anyway, I gallantly bid on his swimwear and then gifted him with it. We hung out briefly (no, I'm not attempting to imply that we dated) and recently re-started our activity-buddydom with a trip to see a play so far east I felt like I needed a passport.
It was worth scaling Trump's wall to get there.
MacKillop is an actor and gifted dancer who has captured the interest of the Internet with his endless supply of iPhone selfies in his underwear, some of which are available for purchase in his fine-arts book.
Rumor has it that Mark is not a virgin.
He has an old-school man's body, in which resides a young-school alpha gay (in the best possible way)—he's sharp-tongued, has a highly developed sense of aesthetics and does not suffer fools, gladly or otherwise. Look for him to continue his relentless takeover of NYC. After all, the Broadway Bares staple has already performed multiple one-man shows, including a winner at 54 Below.
From here: The tat says BANG, not HUNG. Why state the obvious?
This Barry's Bootcamp trainer and onetime TV host delights his followers with regular selfies showing off how he's gone from slim and fit to beefy and fit as fuck.
He also—SHOCKER!—looks great totally naked. (Work Unfriendly)
Don't look to him for ooey-gooey inspiration; rather, he takes a tough-love approach when it comes to self-ab-tualization. From a recent post:
Resolutions are silly...just commit to the body you want. Use the resources (like me & @barrysbootcamp) that you have around you, eat well, stay active and get plenty of sleep. All A NO-Brainer! Wishing you a happy, healthy, half-naked New Year!!! #barrys #fitfam #abs #instagram #respectmyhustle #2016 #bangbang — at Barry's Bootcamp NYC.
No hugs, couch potatoes. (Mmmm ... potatoes.)
I went to lunch with Matty once years ago, a networking thing. He was nice. Judging by his etched abs, I should've had what he was having. P.S. His co-worker, Niv Zinder, ain't exactly chopped protein, either.
Yep, he thinks he can dance. (And he can.)
Stephen “tWitch” Boss
This bundle of energy made the already mouth-watering scenes in Magic Mike XXL that much more mmm-worthy.
A break-out on So You Think You Can Dance and embraced by Ellen DeGeneres (who has excellent taste in man meat for a lesbian), tWitch will next be seen as Marcel X in the superhero flick Perfectus, which will undoubtedly show off his superhuman body.
I didn't know Calvin Klein briefs came in Magnum size.
I have to thank Zachary Paul Sire for this inspired choice. Sire is such a booster of this relentless top (blush) that he posted a hilarious series of reaction gifs (Work Unfriendly) to Costin's absurd hotness.
He's a very versatile actor. Very.
Costin is one of those bodybuilding models whose nude selfies were, um, let's go with leaked (Work Unfriendly) immediately prior to his pro porn career. Smart move. With a body like that, it would be a shame to waste it in clothing.
Because, well ... duh.
In my funny memoir Starf*cker, I wrote a bit about working with Zac directly back when he was 18-and-a-day years old. He was a very bright pleaser, and very self-conscious when he wasn't eating up the attention everyone showered on him. He was a born performer, and he truly struck me as a decent person.
I hope his emotional demons are behind him. His physical shell couldn't be more perfect.
This Colt man, dancer, nightlife personality, blogger and super-ginger is the muscle you'd want at any party featuring go-go dancers. Thick and meaty, he must surely be used to objectification—he's mastered marketing it—but he's also a fun guy to talk to.
In 2015, he blogged about going from a wobbly condom user to going on PrEP, the most important advancement in HIV prevention since the discovery that condoms, when used correctly, were almost always effective. He wrote:
Fast forward to May 2014, Jared and I moved to Manhattan....basically the epicenter of the world. Our sexual options were/are endless...surrounded by constant availability of our idea of "dream guys in the bedroom". If you haven't lived in NYC this is hard to explain, but its one of the sexiest places on earth beside in my opinion Rio De Janeiro.
So, I found myself in bathroom stalls at parties, a orgies, at hookups edging on the verge of not using condoms all the time. Just letting people stick it in or vice versa...you know just the tip...then became the shaft, then becomes a few pumps...before one of us stops and says wait....we should be using condoms.
About the same time I was faltering on my use of condoms the dialogue of PrEP really hit social media quite hard. It seemed
like daily there was a new thread or debate on PrEP vs. Condoms as a means of safe sex. I was very adiment that I was to remain a 100% condom user (lying to myself) and why would I want to take a pill when wrapping it up was so easy (again lying to myself). Granted I had not had full blown sex without a condom yet but I have very much been penetrated or the penetrator for brief moments unprotected.
So I began to read theses threads, articles, and debates being shared and discussed about PrEP. Slowly as I let myself understand the science, which being a scientist I now question why I was so slow to evolve, I knew PrEP was the right decision for me.
As sexy as Fornea's body is, his boyfriend Jared's isn't half bad either, and by that I mean: Jesus, their open relationship is a David Geffen-sized grant to the gay community. (Well, at least to the Body 1%ers.)
Another story from my teen-mag-editor days!
I was the first editor, as memory serves, to ever cover Austin Mahone. We liked being first at that magazine, and Austin was just the cutest kid, the perfect type my tween girls went crazy over. He was also a sweetheart, and was ecstatic when we focused on him, did a shoot with him in L.A. and gave him exclusive pinups. He did a date contest for me in 2012 and I later attended his first NYC gig in Times Square, at which he had no dance moves but oozed star quality.
He got my # from our photo-shoot call sheet and would text me occasionally, which I discouraged since he was a kid, but it was always just super positive stuff, like a New Year's greeting and grateful comments about our work with him.
Before I knew it, he was on the MTV Video Music Awards pre-show dancing like Michael Jackson.
He's had a degree of success since then, though nothing to challenge Jackson's, yet his team passed me over to write his first official book (which sucked because on the phone, he seemed to already have no recollection of who I was!).
But no hard feelings, because I think he has a good heart.
Mahone is now 19 and makes a great substitute Justin Bieber (who was Mahone's idol back in the day) in case you like slender, smooth, beautifully built guys with attitude—but not too much of it.
A couple of things on his chest
Casey Lee Ross
Ross was a stand-out at Broadway Bares in the spring as a light-footed leading man for Laverne Cox, definitely catching my attention and earning a big spot in my wrap-up of the show:
... the new (to me) dancer who caught my eye the most effortlessly this year, Casey Lee Ross.
With his Gene Kelly build and clingy suit, he throbbed with alpha-male libido, perfectly complimented by a totally game Laverne Cox. Cox, the show's surprise guest star, bared a lot of skin in her corset and pasties and aggressively matched Ross's animal lust with her own. When he ground his face into her crotch, it felt like a breakthrough in gay/trans relations and also like a sketch for a full musical I'd love to see on the Great Black-and-White Way.
I eventually ran into Ross on the street after I'd posted some items about him; it was one of those awkward moments when an attention-seeking performer gets recognized by an attention-giving admirer in an unexpected setting, but I'm big on saying hello when I see someone I recognize. He was gracious.
Ross just recently popped up on SNL (above), giving Amy Poehler a hand—and more. Make sure to follow him on Instagram, a veritable pectoral pictorial.
When Matt Bomer was first on White Collar (2009—2014), an image circulated of him kissing a boyfriend. I posted it and got an earful from a pal of his, who claimed Matt was not in the closet so posting the image was redundant. It kicked off an argument about what constitutes being out when you're a public figure, the type of argument still being had today (note my Colton Haynes post). The pal clammed up, though, probably once he realized that just because Bomer was not hiding his involvement with future husband Simon Halls (with whom he now has three children), that wasn't the same thing as acknowledging to a low-level gay blogger (or any media) that he was actually gay. When the media is disallowed from reporting on your significant other, you're not out.
Bomer eventually did come out, and did so with grace and without the kind of bitterness that clouded Jodie Foster's begrudging acknowledgment. He also, arguably, has not become “that gay actor,” as many proponents of the professional closet warn will happen to leading men who are on-the-record gay—he has shaken his moneymaker in the Magic Mike movies and enjoyed five years on White Collar, convincingly playing straight. (Here he is filming it on my block in 2013.) He is set to appear in a remake of The Magnificent Seven (2016).
But not being typecast as gay doesn't mean a gay actor should turn down gay roles, and Bomer illustrated that beautifully with a heartbreakingly honest performance in the otherwise disappointing TV adaptation of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart (2014); it's a scandal that he did not win an Emmy for work he will have a hard time topping.
This is a list of hot bodies, and he certainly earns inclusion for obvious reasons, just as he would earn inclusion on any list of flawless faces. He also seems to be a prime example of a beautiful person who happens to look the part.
I took a trip to Maui in 2015—and it was a dream: I had good weather, good food and a great time with my traveling companion, model and dancer Devyn Lee.
Devyn is more than just a pretty face ... he's a spectacular ass! But all kidding aside, he's an inspiring person because for one so young (21), he is extremely focused on improving himself and on maintaining and improving upon his killer body. Want your macros done? Devyn's your guy.
Some woods anyone would love to get into.
A Florida native, he was right at home on the beach as I shot him in a variety of camera-friendly looks (the pink Garçon Model jock really brought out his thighs). He was also comfy nude on Little Beach, and grew more and more relaxed the more I fed him.
I'll be posting a lot more images of Devyn (and of other guys I've been shooting for the past few years), and I may offer some cheap books of my shots/their beauty to see if people still pay, even reasonable amounts, for pretty.
This NYC-based newsman has the kind of Ken-doll looks that even translate well on a mug shot. Watching him read the day's events is so distracting I will probably tune in to hear him break it to me that Donald Trump has won the presidency—if I have to go to bed on tear-stained pillows, they might as well be stained with other stuff, too.
Rob isn't flashy about his body, which looks naturally hot (which means he probably only works out five days a week instead of eight days a week like some of this list's bodybuilding dynamos), but he's the total package, physically.
Alfie Parker Jr.
This Broadway Bares veteran (sue me, I tend to like those!) is a high-kicking hottie with heart—he posted an adorable (and revealing) video to my timeline in honor of my recent birthday that showed off his sense of humor and his non-stop pecs.
Alfie's done everything from Chicago to Memphis (he specializes in city-themed musicals, it seems) to Shakespeare. To be or not to be impressed by his physique—that is no question at all.
The recent America's Next Top Model winner—the last one for the series—is this strikingly handsome, sexually fluid, deaf dude, and Tyra's really going out on a high note with this one.
DiMarco wants the public to focus on his deafness more than on his sexual orientation, considering how much press the latter gets in general. He told MTV:
Yes, as a minority I felt wholly responsible to represent my deaf community well. Often in the past, when we have had a deaf person in the spotlight we have been portrayed badly. It was up to me to change that. Fortunately it was not difficult because I grew up in a deaf community and know deaf culture by heart.
He also says he is single, so there is hope for you.
Jonas tasted superstardom as a teen heartthrob years ago. Just before he became a tween's wet dream, I was a magazine editor and was the first person to ever commission a shoot with him and his brothers, Joe and Kevin. I was wary of how religious they were (the purity rings were real), but even though I assume everyone knew I was gay, there was never a hint that they were weirded out around me. In fact, they were extraordinarily gracious always.
There has been a little controversy over whether Jonas is somehow patronizing gay people by playing a gay character on Kingdom and by flashing his grapefruit biceps 'n' buns at every opportunity. Regardless of my personal affection for him, I think when you're being marketed to, you're being respected. There is power in being seen as a legit consumer. And he certainly has all the things the gay community loves to consume.
It may come as some relief to those of you who prefer jonesing for hot guys who are not jerks that I can attest to just how nice Nick is. At the end of 2014, when Nick—by now an adult heartthrob enjoying solo success—made a surprise appearance at a bar across the street from me, I went over and caught his eye. He remembered me (we did so many shoots together, it would've been surprising had he not!) and called me over to chat (that was the surprising part) and do a pic-with for old times' sake. (Nick images via the late, great Details)
Hard to pull off—but it'd be fun to try.
This leggy lovely caught my eye when he competed for the title of Mr. Broadway. He lost (to a straight guy!), making him the most surprising runner-up ever, aside from Miss Colombia.
Since then, he wowed in Broadway Bares and is current in Europe with Mary Poppins, and his frequently posted splits give new meaning to the word supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
Don't forget to follow him on Instagram—it's a real kick.
This is how Joe wishes his followers a Happy New Year. Makes my misspelled texts look pretty paltry.
Another guy who is as inspiring-inspiring as he is boner-inspiring, Putignano gave Boy Culture a great interview back in 2014 about his book Acrobaddict, which covers his struggle with heroin addiction. He was pretty far gone at one point, but managed to kick the drug, even going so far as to tough it out sans painkillers to avoid a relapse when he underwent surgery.
Putignano is an articulate advocate for understanding drug addiction, and an accomplished Cirque du Soleil performer and model. His body reads like a response to adversity, and as such is not only HOT but a physical triumph.
Oh, and he gets away with stuff on Instagram that ya wouldn't buh-lieve.
One of the most famous of porn's CockyBoys (Work Unfriendly), Karter is instantly recognizable—cute, scruffy, abs of steel.
As one of the most popular bottoms in the biz, maybe in porn history, Karter may be the most identifiable performer in the CockyBoys stable—and that's saying a lot, with names like Tayte Hanson, Liam Riley and Jake Bass at their disposal.
A 2015 HuffingtonPost profile gave Karter a forum to say the following:
Within the same piece, CockyBoys founder Jake Jaxson said of Karter:
He's not rude. He does not get hung up on wanting to be 'right' and works hard to show mutual respect in both work and play. But what I love the most about Levi is his curiosity and desire to learn. And like all our CockyBoys, he's working hard to create possibilities beyond the perceived limitations of adult entertainment.
We'll see if he crosses over or simply becomes a porn icon.
He loves burgers almost as much as Kelly Clarkson.
When I was a teen-mag editor, I met a lot of talented kids and young adults. My friends were rarely impressed ... until a few years later, when said youthful performers turned into household names like Zac Efron, the Jonas Brothers, Hilary Duff, Britney Spears and many more.
I remember meeting the boy band Midnight Red around 2010. By then, I'd met enough boy bands to fill an encyclopedia (hmmm...idea?), so I can't say I was convinced they were going places. But I did find them to be nice, and I was especially impressed with the dynamic Colton Rudloff, an adorable (he would've been about 21 then) and charismatic lead vocalist who had an entrepreneurial air about him.
Over the years, the band has had some success (they opened for fellow hot body Austin Mahone), especially in Spain. On September 4 of this year, Rudloff came out as gay via Twitter, which didn't get the attention it should; his no-drama tweet alluded to the kind of b-t-s B.S. that probably hinders lots of gay kids in entertainment from coming out and living honestly and without so much stress.
As pertains to this list, Rudloff is (1) adorrrrrable; and (2) has a lean, mean machine of a body from his days as a competitive gymnast. So he gets to have talent, a rockin' body and integrity, and good on him.
This guy's Instagram is little more than one product endorsement after another, but a pitchman like this could make you skip content in favor of commercials.
Kraja has one of the most spectacular V-tapers you'll ever find, and he gets it by following his own advice:
I challenge you to be better than you were yesterday.
The fitness model (often with himself as the photographer) is one pretty package. His arms have recently exploded even faster than his social-media following.
Steve says the stars aligned for this snap. I'm sure there was a line in the locker room, too.
I've made no secret of my friendship with Steve, who I interviewed extensively and early on in his career. Early on??? It's hard to believe it's only been two years since he burst onto the scene on the Fourth of July, singing about loving his bestie.
Steve is promising his fans that 2016 will be huge for him. In posting a selfie he likes so much he wouldn't supply me with a new one for this post, he proudly noted he is trying sobriety and writes, with infectious optimism:
I have a feeling it's going to be a big year for all of us here in this #GrandFam. :) so many exciting things to come over the next few months (starting with #WeAreTheNight video :D!)
Not that his 2015 was half bad! He released his long-awaited All-American Boy album (which all but broke Kickstarter), posted a series of selfies that were invariably shared on every gay blog (God, those Halloween gangster/hot tub shots) and ended the year with a viral cover of Mariah Carey's “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”
This German model and Instagram must-follow is hard to stare at directly—like the sun.
Those green eyes!
Along with his famous tattoos and abs you could grate a cheese grater on, he has musical talent—he plays the guitar and the piano.
Hamann once serenaded Selena Gomez, but nothing came of it. Wouldn't you throw Justin Bieber over for this?
If you like gay porn, you'll love Ryan Rose. Fact is, you probably already do.
The big, strapping, clean-cut, all-American jock type is anything but in a bed with cameras on him; he seems to be a proud in thought, word and deed.
Along with possessing a nearly perfect body, he's got one hell of a Twitter, and is never hesitant to start a good flame war with one of his peers. Don't miss him when he appears at your local strip joint.
Gus Kenworthy & Matthew Wilkas
Recently revealed as a gay power couple, Olympic freestyle skier Kenworthy and actor Wilkas are unlikely ever to inspire haters to sniff that one or the other got the worst of the deal.
Kenworthy only came out a few months ago, but Wilkas has been an out actor for some time. I first discovered him when I unexpectedly loved the movie Gayby, a charming comedy, and his comic charms brighten his compulsively watchable/viewable Instagram. Most inspired contribution so far? His “Emoji Roommate” series.
I also did a great Guydar shot of Wilkas at a Cher concert; when I pointed it out to him, he expressed amazement at my stealth. (And probably didn't express other feelings, like, “OMG, creeeeeper!”)
My shot of Wilkas + all-American Kenworthy
What I like so much about KenWilkas is how well-suited they seem to be; Wilkas's humor has an infectious ridiculousness to it, an aggressively harmless sense of whimsy that is also reflected in much of Kenworthy's public output.
Kenworthy's Instagram is a regular Gus Weekly of hotness.
Keep in mind that Kenworthy came into international prominence as the dude who adopted those puppies at Sochi, and just check out his tongue-in-cheeks humor, courtesy of his own ever-expanding Instagram:
There is just something so right about these two. They're like a pair of tubby bears who are the lives of the party, except they're unexpectedly, relentlessly ripped. They're like your favorite porn couple, except they haven't filmed it.
Whatever else they are, they're also damn funny and damn cute.
Joshua Michael Brickman
Brickman has been a favorite of mine ever since I spotted him on a DNA cover, and then realized he was bartending across the street from me. I don't drink, but I do drink in beauty, and it would be easy to get drunk on his.
His #2015BestNine was on-point.
Brickman is a sweetheart in person, and his Instagram is a veritable Aspiration Point—he manages to flaunt his incredible body without coming off as a narcissist. Check out his disbelieving post on how he transformed his body:
I thought this would be a nice follow up to last Tuesday's post about achieving goals and even surpassing what you conceived capable. The photo on the left was taken in late 2010. The photo on the right, last week. (Neither photo is edited or filtered.) And while I still remember and emotionally relate more to the photo on the left, I don't recognize that boy at all. He seems like someone from dreams and distant memories. I am not him today. He's part of me, but I've become a new man. YOU CAN BE WHOEVER you want to be. YOU have a choice. #transformationtuesday
He even managed to make a post about growing his hair (he rocks the man bun like few others) into a tearjerker.
Tovey branded this selfie #shameless when he posted it a few months ago, but there is wiggle room for posting stuff more shameless than this.
Early last year, Tovey made some awkward remarks that suggested he was relieved he hadn't turned out effeminate. In spite of that, he won gay hearts on the second and final season of Looking, and seems content to play up his physical charms on social media on occasion. (Still, you're more likely to see his dog than his nipples on a day-to-day basis.)
He's currently on Broadway in A View from the Bridge and will next pop up in HBO's Looking special and in Night of the Lotus (2016), a British thriller.
“Pull-ups Guy” Christian Cabrera
Thanks to Anti-Twink, we were all banned from Facebook every time we tried to share the above 2013 boner-pullup video of pull-ups guy Christian Cabrera. Anti-Twink has also thoughtfully posted Cabrera's nudes, including an oral-sex shot that will outrage strict vegans.
More of him here.
Cabrera's best videos are from 2013, but he still looks good—see inset photo from his Facebook—and since he went viral in 2015, no list of best bodies (including below the waist) would be complete without him.
We all know who he is—from What a Girl Wants (2003) to Magic Mike XXL (2015), he has shown that a big hunk of meat can have personality, can act sensitively, can be funny and—best of all—can have the fluid moves of a pro dancer. Not since Gene Kelly—whom Tatum seems to be evoking in scenes from his upcoming Hail, Caesar! (2016), have we had such a broad-backed hoofer over whom to swoon.
Tatum has come a long way from posing in underwear for a college classmate (Work Unfriendly). But luckily for us, not too far: He is still a reliable show-off in movies and magazine spreads.
Thanks for reading in 2015, and happy 2016 to you! One parting thought: