Category Archives: Hunk of the Day

Hunk of the Day: Roger Frampton

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Fitness guru and international model Roger Frampton has one of those enviable jobs that coincides with his passions. He’s developed his own workout routine and method, and if it’s in any way responsible for his physical condition (and it is) then we should all be doing it his way. The evidence follows, in this magnificently fit Hunk of the Day post.

PS – That’s you do a proper tattoo. Understated yet powerful.

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Hunk of the Day: Noah Galloway

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Certain Hunks of the Day raise inspiration to a whole new level. This is Noah Galloway. Currently appearing in ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Mr. Galloway (like Alex Minsky) fronts a new definition of what makes a person a Hunk. In his case, it’s hard work, perseverance, and never making excuses. Check out his full bio below for even more divine inspiration.

A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Sergeant Noah Galloway was assigned to the 1st of the 502nd Infantry of the 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Just three months in to his second tour of duty, he experienced a life changing injury. On December 19, 2005, Galloway lost his left arm above the elbow and left leg above the knee in an Improvised Explosive Device attack. He was transported to Germany to receive medical treatment, remaining unconscious for five days. Galloway woke up late in the evening on Christmas Eve to learn he lost two of his limbs and sustained severe injuries to his right leg and his jaw. Galloway was then transferred to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC.

After a long stint in recovery and rehabilitation, Galloway did what many disabled veterans do, becoming withdrawn, out of shape and depressed. The former fitness fanatic and hyper competitive athlete was now drinking, smoking and sleeping his days away. But late one night, Galloway took a long look in the mirror and realized there was more to him than the injuries. And he set a goal to get back in shape, be healthier and inspire others.

Now a personal trainer and motivational speaker, Galloway doesn’t take excuses from his clients, fans and followers – and finds ways to get things done. He continues to compete, participating in adventure races around the country, such as Tough Mudder, Spartan events, Crossfit competitions plus numerous 5K and 10K races.

A sought after public speaker, Galloway travels the country sharing his story, encouraging and motivating others to offer no excuses. From elementary school assemblies to veterans organizations to corporate sales meetings, Galloway’s enthusiasm for life and his passion for helping others brings a unique perspective to gatherings.

Most recently, Galloway appeared on the November cover of Men’s Health Magazine, as he was named the publication’s 2014 Ultimate Guy. He’s also been a guest on numerous national talk shows including Ellen and The Today Show.

A firm believer in giving back to those around him in need, Galloway recently created the No Excuses Charitable Fund, which raises money and awareness for organizations that mean the most to him, including Operation Enduring Warrior and the YMCA of Alabaster, AL.

Galloway, a father of three, currently resides in Alabaster, AL.

~ From www.NoahGalloway.com

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Hunk of the Day: Noah Mills, Redux

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Long-time favorite Noah Mills has graced this blog many times, mostly as the featured photo for more general posts, and that’s not really fair for someone who deserves his own Hunk of the Day honor (which he’s earned previously). This is his second-go at it, and he’s way more than worthy. As one of the current supermodels of the male persuasion, he’s appeared in just about every fashion campaign, from Gucci to Versace to Yves Saint Laurent to that obnoxious Italian duo who shall-not-be-named. As for Mr. Mills, he’s made much of his chiseled features and impeccable body, and he’s still going strong. Such resilience, particularly in the male model fashion world, is admirable.

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Hunk of the Day: Max Joseph

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I don’t know who I envy more in these photos: Zac Efron or Max Joseph. For this post, and perhaps in real life, I find myself slightly more jealous of Mr. Efron, as he gets to stand so close to our Hunk of the Day, Max Joseph. In certain circles, perhaps the majority of them, most would rather be next to a shirtless Zac Efron, but I’ve never been like most people. I’ll take someone real, cute, kind of dorky, and prematurely grey over some unattainable bronzed god any day.

Mr. Joseph is an accomplished film editor and director, but is best known for his supporting role on MTV’s ‘Catfish’ show. He gives the rest of us who are going grey the hope that we can do it gracefully and sexily. More than that, he’s got the talent to back up his cuteness, and that’s what I look for in a Hunk of the Day. Check out his clever introductory film below to see the charm for yourself.

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My Hero Greg Louganis: Hunk of the Day

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Long before Tom Daley slipped into a Speedo or Matthew Mitcham smuggled his budgie  into his budgie-smuggler, Greg Louganis was modeling sexy swimwear and winning gold medals right and left. We didn’t know until years later the other facets of his personality that went hiding in those dangerous days when being gay meant the death of a career, particularly in sports. Today we honor Greg Louganis in supercilious fashion as Hunk of the Day, but this is one that has a little more meaning and depth behind it.

While I vaguely recall Mr. Louganis and his dramatic head-shattering diving board smash at the 1988 Olympics (after which he won another gold medal), it was his autobiography ‘Breaking the Surface’ which would make me a forever fan. At the time, I was just coming to terms with my own sexuality, and reading about his early struggle with his own coming out made my journey a little less lonely. His words, and his story, gave me a starting point for something better.

He paved the way for fellow divers like Tom Daley and Matthew Mitcham to do what they do without the crushing albatross of sexuality hanging over them. Clearly, they too had their moments of conflict and angst, but they’re still diving, they’re openly gay, and their futures are bright and unlimited.

I remember when I came out (in a very public Letter to the Editor of the local newspaper) my parents were adamantly opposed to me saying anything. My Dad even went so far as to remind me that I wasn’t Ellen (DeGeneres, who had come out a few months prior) and that I wasn’t famous and I didn’t need to announce it to the world. My Mom’s more silent and insidious disapproval said more than any feeble words of support that never came ever could. They couldn’t have been more wrong. It was precisely because I wasn’t famous or special that the world needed to see it. We all needed to see that. I needed to see that. More than anything else I needed to know that I was not alone. As much as my parents wanted me to keep silent, I knew I couldn’t. Somewhere a frightened and lonely boy or girl might read my letter and hang on for one more day. Sometimes that’s all it takes.

Mr. Louganis showed me how far we had come, and how far we still had to go. His story was part of the fabric that wove the world together, not only for gay and lesbian athletes, but for any gay person still searching for a way to come out. Far more than that, he showed me that a belief in oneself, when even those closest to you don’t have any faith, can see you through the darkest times.

Two decades later, Mr. Louganis is still going strong, providing inspiration and trailblazing his way to a gold-medal finish in the history of us.

When you’re a kid growing up, and you think you’re gay, you know that you’re different; you’re often teased and it can really destroy your self-esteem. But sports can be great for building self-esteem. ~ Greg Louganis

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Hunk of the Day: Olivier Rousteing

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I love it when a fashion designer steps out from behind the scenes and takes off his clothes for a concept. Such is the case on this month’s cover of Têtu.  “It was my idea,” Hunk of the Day Olivier Rousteing said. “I wanted to show that being naked is one of the most chic things. It’s an expression of a concept.” This blog has always celebrated the naked male form, and leave it to the French to lead the way. ”I was honest and sincere — I didn’t hide anything,” Rousteing went on to say. “I’m not getting naked to sell but to express myself. For me, that’s a sign of maturity.”

It helps that Monsieur Rousteing has the chiseled features and svelte body of a super model, but this Hunk comes with an equally impressive fashion resume. Currently the creative director of Balmain, Rousteing is a gloriously accomplished 25-year-old, who started out designing for Roberto Cavalli. (I won’t share what I accomplished by the age of 25.) Style and substance – you have to admire that in any individual.

I had heard so many controversial things about me these past years: oh he’s just a pretty boy, he’s cute, he’s French, he’s mixed race. Getting naked for me was a way of saying, ‘You think you know me, but if you really don’t, open this magazine where I speak about my childhood, my fears, my shame. It’s just me and my bracelets. I’m not hiding anything.’ ~ Olivier Rousteing

 

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Hunk of the Day: Stepan Pereverzev

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Russian male model Stepan Pereverzev is one hunky glass of vodka. Looking like he packs more wallop than a Moscow Mule, Pereverzev offers and edgier glimpse of the naughty moments that happen off the runway. I don’t know what it’s like to have a body with that much muscle on it, and I never will. Instead, I’m just going to admire the handiwork of a guy who puts the work and the effort into physical perfection.

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Hunk of the Day: Chad Buchanan

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For some male models, a certain anonymity aids in their work. Far better to be unknown and unable to be pinned down with the albatross of a background, to be saddled with the onus of a history. It allows the imprint of whatever the viewer wants or needs to believe. Such seems to be the case with the mysterious Chad Buchanan, our Hunk of the Day. Little exists in the way of explanatory ramblings or lengthy career descriptions. It adds an enigmatic quality to his body, and his body of work. If only the Kim Kardashians of the world would take a lesson.

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Hunk of the Day: Isa Rahman

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I love it when the Hunk of the Day comes with his own website and has a brief bio already written up. This is Isa Rahman, and here’s an excerpt from said website:

Rising star, Isa Rahman, has appeared on hit television shows such as ‘Ugly Betty’ and ‘Days of Our Lives,’ starred in acclaimed independent films, numerous TV commercials and has performed on the esteemed stages of New York City. He also happens to be one of the most in-demand faces in the modeling world, having been featured on the pages of top magazines such as GQ and L’uomo Vogue as well as starred in advertising campaigns for distinguished brands such as Barney’s New York, Neiman Marcus, Izod, Target and Macy’s.

As an actor, Isa is skilled in the Meisner Technique which he has studied with acclaimed acting coaches across the country. Prior to following his passion for acting and entertaining, Isa was an accomplished collegiate football player and NFL prospect. He is originally from Birmingham, Alabama and currently resides in Los Angeles.

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Hunk of the Day: Richard Madden

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While his snug pants stole the show in ‘Cinderella’ it was his naked rump that got all the glory in ‘Game of Thrones.’ Meet the Hunk of the Day Richard Madden, who makes as charming a prince as he does a wild-maned lover. The magic of a few GIFs is able to capture some of that glory, and a few of these photos partly capture his captivating eyes.

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Hunk of the Day: Max Emerson

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Self-described ‘Male Underpants Supermodel’ Max Emerson is the Hunk of the Day (again!) Recently Mr. Emerson debuted his web series ‘Max’s Underpants’ which is pretty much self-explanatory. Of greater interest to me is his book ‘Hot Sissy: Life Before Flashbulbs’ – and I may have to request a copy because it sounds ravishing. Kind of like these photographs. I love when a handsome male model proves to have more than what’s beneath the briefs. In this case, a charming personality and enough brains to write a book.

UPDATE BONUS: Check out an additional video featuring the fabulous Colby Melvin.

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Hunk of the Day: James Norton

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A request culled from an engaging conversation from a friend I ran into at the Gay Soiree, this is Hunk of the Day James Norton. A gift from across-the-pond, Mr. Norton currently stars in ‘Grantchester’ and has made a splash in a number of BBC offerings. My love affair with all things London continues in full-force.

(By the way, if you ever want to see a certain gentleman up here as Hunk of the Day, by all means let me know. I have, to date, honored all requests.)

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Hunk of the Day: Hutch Dano

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Hirsute Hunk of the Day Hutch Dano is an actor/rapper, but has a much more substantial thatch of chest hair than Eminem – and a kinder countenance from what I can gather from the limited exposure I’ve had to both. He also goes by the stage name Farenheit 51. I don’t know where the name comes from, but if he wants to give me an explanation he can give me a call.

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Hunk of the Day: Ricardo Rodriguez

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Renaissance-man Ricardo Rodriguez has been on my inspiration radar ever since I saw him on HGTV giving a real estate tour on one of their search-for-a-new-home shows. Since then he’s added lifestyle expert and creative director to his ample résumé. His contributions to ‘Boston Spirit‘ magazine are must-reads, as he offers design advice or colorful profiles (as in the current issue featuring Boston’s Hottest Singles). He’s one of Boston’s most fashionable clothes horses, wearing stunning suits and party outfits that always set him distinctively apart from the pack. He’s got a knack for combining the seemingly incongruous, then making it work with a spectacular unexpected frisson. Some Hunks of the Day are so named because of the way they look without their clothes on; Mr. Rodriguez gets the honor for the sexy way he keeps his clothes on.

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Hunk of the Day: Jason Dundas

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Aussie Jason Dundas is a fitting Hunk of the Day, on this Day of Madonna, as I came to know of him through an interview the Queen did with Entertainment Tonight. So you see, this particular Hunk does indeed have a Madonna connection, as it should be. A television host who has made his mark across the world, Mr. Dundas went head-to-head with Madonna while on her ‘Rebel Heart’ promo rounds, and both came out smelling rosier because of it.

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