Category Archives: Hunk of the Day

Hunk of the Day: Connor Franta

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At the risk of sounding like an old curmudgeon, which is getting closer and closer to the truth, I was blithely unaware of Connor Franta until he hoped up on one of my social media feeds the other day. I’m very glad I did, and though he’s clearly way too young for my taste, the new generation is primed and ready to lead us into the future. In his first turn as Hunk of the Day, Mr. Franta brings a fresh perspective to the world in his collection of hugely popular YouTube videos. Check out his channel here, and then get that scorching ‘Gay Times’ magazine cover featured above.

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Hunk of the Day: Fred Johanson

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Rounding out our trio of male ‘Sunset Boulevard’ stars, this is the gent that lends gravitas and heart to the production: Fred Johanson as the mysterious Max von Mayerling. As Norma’s faithful man-servant, he gives the musical some of its most poignant moments, illustrating the warped love that has kept him and Norma together for all those years. Out of his make-up, he makes a convincing Hunk of the Day, and joins fellow Boulevarders Michael Xavier and Preston Truman Boyd.

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Hunk of the Day: Will Taylor

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If there’s one thing that inspires me more than almost anything, it’s color.

Bright, bold, bodacious color.

The kind of audacity found in the taste of Diana Vreeland and Iris Apfel.

Colorful artists and bloggers inspire me too, such as Will Taylor. A new celebration of all things bright and beautiful is to be found at his Bright.Bazaar Blog. He has been named the Hunk of the Day as much for his impeccable taste as his own easy sense of make-you-smile style. His blog is very much a touchstone of inspiration for anyone looking for a jolt of pizzazz. It is the antidote for the mundane, and Mr. Taylor keeps it utterly beautiful, and somehow relatable and attainable.

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Hunk of the Day: Michael Xavier – An Early Comeback

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It’s rare for a Hunk of the Day to have a repeat appearance so quickly following his first, but Michael Xavier is smoldering enough to pull it off. His swimsuit scene in Act 2 of ‘Sunset Boulevard’ – and these fitness pics explaining that perfect physique – is more than ample reason for this early reprise. I’m seeing the revival from the front row one week from tonight – all the better to glimpse this talented performer up-close-and-personal. I’ve heard his performance of the title song is stellar, and anyone who can share the stage with Ms. Glenn Close and still be standing (well, almost) at the end of the evening is a champion. Congrats to Mr. Xavier on being named Hunk of the Day for a second time. (Here’s hoping he signs my Playbill!)

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Hunk of the Day: Asger Skovgaard

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There’s no such thing as a standard Hunk of the Day. Even the ubiquitous male models have something unique and beautiful, that only they can bring to the table. This is a red-hot piece of evidence: Hunk of the Day Asger Skovgaard. He is the latest ginger to grace these pages, and he handily wins the HOD title on St. Patrick’s Day.

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Hunk of the Day: Kevin Sessums

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I knew his name because at the height of my Madonna obsession (I’d say 1991 to 1992) I learned absolutely every detail of her promotional work, and that included the name of those who wrote articles on her. Kevin Sessums was a writer for ‘Vanity Fair’ then, and he did a wonderful piece on Madonna. Over and over I read and re-read his story, and searched for her through the words of him. It wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I became reacquainted with Mr. Sessums and his two books, ‘Mississippi Sissy’ and ‘I Left It On The Mountain’. His FaceBook page was a telling and honest look behind the career of a survivor, and survivors make the best Hunks of the Day, hence this latest honor for Mr. Sessums. Being strong enough to survive, and to keep going when so much of the world wants to forget, is an admirable trait, and Sessums has retained that resilience and fought back from the dark pools of despair that earlier derailed his career. These days he is an activist through words and deeds and a life lived openly and proudly – the very best sort of living example of how to turn things around. He’s also matured from a twink into a gentleman, and lived to tell the tale. Some Hunks of the Day matter a little more to me. Check out his written work to see why.

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Hunk of the Day: Anatoly Goncharov, Again

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For some guys, being named Hunk of the Day twice is a matter of fact, easily justified by their stockpile of modeling photos and daily Instagram posts. Case in point is Anatoly Goncharov, who earns his second Hunk of the Day crowning for the reasons delineated pictorially here.

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Hunk of the Day: Luke Evans

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Luke Evans has been featured here before, and in a blue Speedo no less (and thankfully no more) but this marks his first time as Hunk of the Day. It comes by request, and is quite timely as Mr. Evans is about to make heads turn as the traditionally-hairy-chested Gaston in Disney’s live-action ‘Beauty and the Beast’ movie. He’s also put in a dashing appearance in the recent ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. Personally, I prefer his Speedo-clad vacations better, but I digress. You can digress a little here too.

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Hunk of the Day: Sam Asghari

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Ever since Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears has had wildly questionable taste in men. That shoddy track record may have taken a turn with her latest beau,  Sam Asghari, who has been named the Hunk of the Day. I’m not going to lock myself into a box by saying he’s hotter than Mr. Timberlake, but he’s certainly more built. Some like it like that, and some don’t. Regardless, he’s the Hunk of the Day.

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Hunk of the Day: Clay Honeycutt

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In a fortuitous bit of semi-planned timing, this marks Clay Honeycutt’s birthday, and we are giving him a gift by granting him his first Hunk of the Day honor. You can’t put it in the bank, but there’s no comparison for the glory. Mr. Honeycutt was a college football player (who had the smarts to graduate early, so don’t be fooled by his prettiness) and also appeared on ‘Big Brother’. Congrats, and Happy Birthday Clay!

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Hunk of the Day: Veselin Doknic

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Actor, model and Instagram sensation Veselin Doknic makes his debut as Hunk of the Day. There’s no other reason for this than the pictorial evidence displayed herein. You know I’m right, it’s there in black and white…

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Hunk of the Day: James Longman

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Anyone who quotes Rep. John Lewis on his Twitter profile can’t be all bad, and this is exactly how Hunk of the Day James Longman opens his intro:

“You must find a way to get in good trouble, necessary trouble. – Rep. John Lewis”

Mr. Longman earns his first Hunk of the Day honor thanks to his smoldering on-screen persona and fit physique, which he sometimes deigns to show off to fine effect on his Instagram feed. There’s also his professional website, which shows off his multi-talented curriculum vitae with pretty, and substantial, evidence of his work as a BBC journalist and broadcaster. Congrats to Mr. Longman on this latest honor.

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Hunk of the Day: Jonathan Soroff

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Boston has been beautifully represented in the Hunk of the Day feature. Local glamour guys like Ricardo Rodriguez and Sean William Donovan have each been HODs, along with Boston native Jonathan Tucker, while the Patriots (Tom Brady, Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski) represent our balls until baseball season. Today, one of my favorite Boston writers, Jonathan Soroff, gets his turn to shine as Hunk of the Day. I drooled over his tiny thumbnail photo and column in ‘The Improper Bostonian’ for years. Thanks to Instagram, he can get all kinds of cheeky today, and his self-confessed narcissistic streak has seemingly found its perfect outlet (and the rest of us have found the perfect person to follow). The best hunks are those who match their beauty with a bodacious brain, and Soroff’s wit and way with words earn him as much of a right here as his banging bottom.

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Hunk of the Day: Patrick Boyd

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Sometimes being a triple threat isn’t enough – to match the majesty of Hunk of the Day Patrick Boyd you’ve got to go into the rarified realm of the quadruple threat. Actor/singer/choreographer/director are the quartet of hats that Boyd wears so gallantly, thus meriting this Hunk of the Day honor. For further details, explore Mr. Boyd’s website.

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Hunk of the Day: Alex Sewall

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Chicago-native Alex Sewall is the Hunk of the Day. After a stint in baseball, he turned his looks to good use and entered the realm of male modeling, where he currently occupies this glorious space.

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