Category Archives: Hunk of the Day

Hunk of the Day: Aaron Lazar

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A Renaissance man in the truest sense, Aaron Lazar is one of the more impressive gentlemen to class up the Hunk of the Day feature with his charm and fine looks. Equally at home and masterful on Broadway and in Hollywood, Lazar has recently appeared in NBC’s ‘The Blacklist’ as well as ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ and ‘Company’ along with a hefty list of television shows and Broadway events. Given his smoldering looks, it’s only fitting that his wife Leann is a model (and just as witty and fun as Mr. Lazar himself).

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Hunk of the Day: Dennis Nathanael van den Eijk

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A native of Amsterdam, Dennis Nathanael van den Eijk is our Hunk of the Day. (Not Amsterdam, NY, the tiny upstate New York city from where yours truly originally hails, but the cool Netherlands version, where they have the fun space cakes.) Dennis is an officer and a model. (No word on whether he’s a gentleman, but let’s give him the benefit of the doubt.)

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Hunk of the Day: Andrew Morrill, Again

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This marks the second time Andrew Morrill has been featured as Hunk of the Day. That’s certainly something to give thanks for, as is this new collection of photos featuring Mr. Morrill in his skivvies, and far less. For his first time at the Hunk rodeo, check out this post.

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Hunk of the Day: Gregg Sulkin

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Sometimes you need an extra ‘g’ and in the case of Hunk of the Day Gregg Sulkin maybe that’s the extra appeal to his already-appealing good looks. He’s been off my radar, mostly because I don’t watch the kind of television shows in which he has appeared, but he’s creeping into my field of view thanks to underwear shots like those you see here. It’s my responsibility to spread the good word, and the good pics, so there you have it. Congrats to Mr. Sulkin on being named Hunk of the Day.

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Hunk of the Day: Aarón Díaz

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Born in Puerto Vallarta, Mexican actor/model/singer Aarón Díaz is the multi-hyphenate Hunk of the Day. He’s been in a number of telenovelas, released a pair of music albums, and shot a couple of calendars. That’s more than I’ll ever do in an entire lifetime, and this guy is eight years my junior. And he’s so much nicer to look at… sigh.

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Hunk of the Day: Justin Clynes

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Represented by Wilhelmina Models in NYC and Miami, this is Hunk of the Day Justin Clynes. He has taken his male modeling career and expanded it to include photography and creative directing. If a pretty face and rocking hard bod can get you in the door, his other talents will certainly keep him in the beautiful room. I’m always impressed with someone who takes his talents and skills and makes them into something more. Congrats to Mr. Clynes.

BTW, some of these shots give new meaning to VPL (Visible Penis Line). The Bulge Alert is set on high.

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Hunk of the Day: Austin Victoria

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Is it enough to be beautiful? And is that all certain people ever have to offer? Even the most vapid and vain among us, the most beautiful and pretty, surely have more than their looks. Everyone has something else, even if it’s just enough room in their heart for a family member or friend or lover who makes them smile. I don’t know what the Hunk of the Day Austin Victoria hides in his heart, but I’ll bet it’s more than just beauty. For the purposes of this blog post, however, that beauty is all he needs right now – and sometimes beauty is its own balm.

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Hunk of the Day: Santos Saúl Álvarez Barragán

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Mexican boxer Santos Saúl Álvarez Barragán, better-known as “Canelo” Alvarez, is our Hunk of the Day. An avid horseback rider (in addition to his impressive boxing career), he gained his ‘Canelo’ nickname for his ginger locks (‘canelo’ means ‘cinnamon’ in Spanish). As regular readers of this blog will attest, a ginger is a thing of beauty. Congrats to Mr. Cinnamon!

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Hunk of the Day: Zakh Michael – Part II

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“If you’d be willing to talk about what happened in an honest and open manner,” I wrote to Zakh, “And if we can explain why you wanted it removed in the first place, I’d consider having you as Hunk of the Day again.” The whole thing had been confusing for me, as he had actually been the one to propose himself as a Hunk. To turn around once it was up and immediately ask that it be taken down seemed perplexing at best, rude at worst. When he explained it was his partner who didn’t like it, I understood a little better, but he didn’t elaborate until later.

“Honestly, once I allowed myself to cave about the first Hunk of the Day post, I opened the floodgates,” he begins. “I allowed him to continuously increase his level of control over me; which resulted in me becoming very weak and emotionally hollow. Everything became a weapon, in an effort to make me more dependent upon him. Whenever I’d push back and request more independence, he’d swing back…and hard. He’d demand a complete suffocation of social media and public events. But here are the key parts: I requested; he demanded. Neither of those are healthy. Instead of open communication, transparency and compromise, the relationship spawned lies, gas-lighting, and emotional abuse. The worst part, is you begin to mirror your partners attributes – both positive and negative.”

Suddenly, things started to make sense, even to the casual observer. There was a discernible shift in the tone and nature of his FaceBook posts at the time. Where once was hope and positivity was a series of cynical, almost bitter, and often defensive rhetoric. Some veiled, some explicit, and all of it indicative of a relationship that had turned toxic. That’s easier to see in hindsight, and looking back Zakh marvels at the power that rationalization can have over each of us.

“That was a moment I gave him full control for the first time,” he said. “I rationalized it in my head. I’m smirking a bit as I write this. If I were to read my own words and recollections, I’d think, ‘Wow, this kid is stupid.’ And I was. It’s always harder to see red flags with rose-colored glasses.”

Yet something gave him the wisdom and strength to end it. Some little voice deep within still managed to pull his sense of self back into focus, and realize the destructive turn his relationship had taken. There was terror in that moment, but there was something good too.

“At that moment, I had no means of transportation, no place to sleep, almost no money on my person,” Michael admits. “Normally, I would’ve felt paralyzed; but this time I felt something quite different. I felt free. I felt hopeful. And most importantly, I felt respected (towards myself). My ex’s actions had been a final attempt to tear me down, cripple me to the fullest extent. While he did a pretty solid job at the tangible (no car, no bed, minimal money), he didn’t as much make a scratch at the intangible (my confidence, my hope and elation of finally being free from the situation I’d allowed myself to be placed in). Those intangible “things” were worth more than any of the items he’d just taken from me. A mantra he frequently recited came into my head: “Do not love what is incapable of loving you back”. I looked down at the tattoo on my forearm, gently rolling my fingers over the part which reads “Love Thy Self.” So I took his advice and began loving myself again.

“NCR” (which stands for “No complaints or regrets”) is a philosophy I adopted in high school. I immediately regreted having the first article taken down. I’ve thought about that moment often , as I didn’t think I would ever have the opportunity to rectify that mistake. It’s become a growth moment that reminds me: you will never afford someone that level of control in the future. So to not only have the honor of being dubbed “Hunk of the Day”, but to right a wrong? It feels empowering. While I was nervous to share my story, I felt it was important. This interview wasn’t done to paint my ex poorly…it actually isn’t about him in the slightest. This interview was done in the hopes that someone else out there can be positively influenced. Whether it be a personal wakeup call, be referenced in their memory’s catalogue at a later date, or help identify unacceptable behavioral patterns, I hope my story can leave a positive message and assure that hope always exists, even when you feel at your weakest.”

Currently, Michael maintains a busy social schedule, and does so with a happy countenance and supportive exuberance that elevates those around him. His smile and his sass are back in FaceBook, and forging ground in Instagram and Twitter, and there are good things on the horizon. The upbeat focus and hopeful outlook has returned, and his words once again ring of revelry grounded in reality.

“I learned a wealth about many areas of my life – from relationships and love to what I want in my future; but most importantly, I learned to see things as they are, not how we wish them to be. It’s no one’s job to save someone . We are not Superman. If we truly wish to be present in someone’s life, the best thing we can do is to love them unconditionally and exactly as they are; not what they have the potential to be in the future or what they were in the past. You can certainly look to the past for some insight, and you can help build one another up for success in the future, but you must love the person who they are at that very moment.”

His smile has returned, and his attitude has shifted – back to a happier plane, but imbued with a greater wisdom, the kind that can only be culled from a great deal of hurt. He has taken the darkness of his past and used it to further evolve.

“Every moment has an opportunity for growth,” he concludes. “While I could’ve been an absolute mess when one of my worst fears (being abandoned without means to help myself), it wouldn’t have done me any good. Instead, I respected the moment and learned all I could. In doing so, I’ve emotionally rebounded very quickly. There’s never been a moment where I actually longed to be back with my ex. I did miss the “us” (the one  you paint in my mind) a few times, but that relationship I missed never truly existed. Plus, I’d much rather the split had happened at that moment instead of a year or two from now. Everything about that relationship was a learning moment and blessing in its own way.”


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Hunk of the Day: Zakh Michael – Part I

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Though the Hunk of the Day feature is one of the more popular categories of this website, it’s also one of the silliest. That said, there are certain rules, always subject to change, to which I strictly adhere. First and foremost among these is if a Hunk of the Day requests that his feature be taken down, I will instantly honor that. The second part to that, however, is that he never gets to be Hunk of the Day again. This isn’t something from which I make any money; it’s free publicity, and of the mostly-flattering sort, so the favor is not being done for me. But I understand that this site is not for the faint of heart, so if at any time a Hunk has requested his post be taken down, I will oblige. That happened a short time after Zakh Michael was featured here as a chosen Hunk of the Day.

He was originally chosen because of his fun FaceBook posts, these sexy photos, and his positive videos that were about bettering yourself while still having a good time. Coupled with his pup-dog status, and the growing myth of his Pup Polaris persona, Zakh Michael was a favorite Hunk of the Day, even if it had come at the cheeky request of the myth himself. (I’m all for well-earned and justifiable confidence.) Yet there were deeper issues at hand, including his own self-doubt.

“Being dubbed “Hunk of the day” is such an honor,” he began. “I’ve battled body image issues since age 8; and will likely continue to struggle with those elements for the rest of my life. However, as I stay strong, that battle gets a bit easier to fight every day. While a title is validating, validation must first come internally.”

The original post extolled his career in New York nightlife, and the ever-expanding influence of his popularity. He was also seeing someone at the time, and the only thing he asked was that I include him in some way. I allowed him to write his own entry, for the most part, which cleared up (or so I thought) any issues that his boyfriend might have. The pictures he submitted were as colorful and sexy as his work on FaceBook, and I thought the post was fantastic.

Initially, he felt the same: “I absolutely loved it! I felt the article was able to capture a 360-degree glimpse into who “Zakh” really is. I wasn’t just a face or body, I wasn’t just my different careers; I’m a person with philosophies and opinions. Overall, the piece had great energy and the writing was very upbeat. As I can be very critical of myself, it was a moment that forced me to be like, “Hey, you’ve worked hard and accomplished a lot…take a moment to pat yourself on the back.”

After it went up, he thanked me for the Hunk post, but a few days later sent a message asking me to take it down. He simply said his boyfriend didn’t like it, and apologized profusely for wasting my time and efforts. I didn’t mind, and I took it down immediately. I thought it was a harmless piece of promotional fun that fit in perfectly with the relatively benign Hunk of the Day feature. (This is not rocket science, and we are not saving the world with a few shirtless men here.)

I also told him I didn’t think it was right or fair for anyone to ask their partner, whom they purportedly loved and wanted to support – to feel bad or lessen their light in any way. I can see the arguments made against pornography, or even full-frontal nudity perhaps, but a few shirtless shots on this PG-13 blog? That sounded extremely controlling, and not healthy in the least, but it wasn’t my place to judge so I left it at that. The post came down and Zakh Michael was one of the lost Hunks of the Day for quite some time. We were both a little disappointed by it, but there are always more Hunks to fill this space, so while I felt bad for Mr. Michael and his situation, I understood that we never really know what goes in a couple’s private life together, and what works for one person may not work for another. Another thing I did not know at the time was the machinations of how he came to his decision, or what exactly had happened once he showed his partner the feature.

He explains: “I’d never swung so quickly from elation to angst; going from Cloud 9 to Dante’s ninth circle. I was at Crunch gym when [Hunk of the Day] was posted. I immediately sent [my ex] the link and phoned him in glee. My rambling excitement was at first met with silence, then disgust. “Why had I not made [him] a focal point?” “Why didn’t I discuss our relationship in detail?” “How could you put yourself out on display like that?” “What will [his] friends think?” Mind you, while we knew one another for almost two years, we’d only been dating for about a month. The negative reaction was purely rooted in narcissism. It doesn’t matter what your friends think; I’m a person, not a trophy. You’re with someone because you love them…the full person…not for what it says about them in an article. Therein lies the problem: the response was not birthed out of love; it was generated out of control.  His response completely caught me off guard. This was a positive moment – not just for Zakh, but for both of us – that’s what couples do: celebrate their achievements together.

I was to fly out to Chicago the following day and was given an ultimatum: keep the post up or continue to date. “Maybe you don’t love me,” he said dismissively. Those words stung. And that was the intention of his comment. You don’t use love as your trump card. That’s disrespectful to not only your partner and relationship, but “love” as a whole. My choice to accept the ultimatum was mine alone and solely done in an effort to diffuse tension. This was the first time I’d ever seen this blatant level of control and hostility. I validated the situation by telling myself, ‘He’s never acted like this before and I don’t want him to feel disrespected.’ However, by caving to his demands, I blindly opened the floodgates to all subsequent controlling behavior. I was a bit uneasy en route to Chicago, but upon landing, my hesitation quickly subsided. He acted normally and we had a great long weekend.”

Zakh Michael had been one of the quickest Hunks of the Day to be featured and then removed, his post taken down almost immediately upon going up. Since he had asked to be removed, I didn’t want to offer another feature post when I later discovered that he was no longer in that relationship, though he’d hinted he’d be open for it. The only way I’d entertain re-naming him a Hunk of the Day would be if he could be honest about what had transpired. I was just as curious as to what really happened…

{To be continued…}

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A Very Special Hunk to Come…

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Cue the dramatic after-school-special/Lifetime movie music: tomorrow I will be posting a very special Hunk of the Day post, one that goes a whole lot deeper than most Hunk of the Day posts. It’s actually a two-parter: the first-ever such format for this regular feature, because there’s a story in it that goes beyond your average Hunk stuff. (Of course, it’s still a Hunk of the Day post, so you’ll be treated to the sweaty man-candy you’ve come to expect.)

In anticipation of tomorrow’s two-parter, here are a few Hunks who have transcended the physical aspect of things, and whose attributes include more than a hot body and handsome visage. First and foremost among those is our only three-time Hunk of the Day, Ronnie Kroell. The King of Heart (and I’d say Mind, Soul and Body too) has proven his prowess not just as a gorgeous male model, but as a proponent of anti-bullying efforts and a champion of equality.

Hudson Taylor, who has made a career of championing equality in the sports arena, makes for an extra-special Hunk of the Day, who was also featured in one of our Straight Ally profiles. (He is seen here with another straight ally, the amazing Ben Cohen.)

Another Straight Ally, Scott Herman, made a splash in his Hunk of the Day feature, thanks to all that you’ll find at the link, and then some.

More than a few gay players have doffed their trousers and taken on the mantle of Hunk of the Day, such as the divinely decadent Adam Lambert, the raw yet vulnerable Gareth Thomas, the fit-as-fuck Olympian Matthew Mitcham, and another five-circle participant Simon Dunn.

To be a Hunk of the Day sometimes takes more than the good looks and perfect body that any number of men can display – it takes a little something extra, either in acts or courage or circumstance. Renaissance men have a better chance at getting the honor, as they exhibit the chameleonic nature of a shape-shifter and trickster that I so desire. Gentlemen such as Matthew Camp and  Tom Ford have both the body and the body of work to impress in a multitude of fields.

Last but not least, every once in a while a Hunk gets chosen based on his kindness and positivity, and the noble and happy way in which he chooses to live his life. Such Hunks have a contagious positivity that lifts those around them, and that’s what brought tomorrow’s guy back to the blog… stay tuned.

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Hunk of the Day: Brent Van Sant

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California-native and self-professed beach-boy Brent Van Sant is the Hunk of the Day, injecting some badly-needed lighthearted  frivolity and sexiness to this sad start to the week. We should all be California dreaming right now, so allow Mr. Van Sant to take us all away for a moment.

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Hunk of the Day: Tom Sandoval

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Though I’ve somehow managed to avoid much of ‘Vanderpump Rules’ (which is odd considering how much I adore Ms. Vanderpump), a guest-stop on ‘Watch What Happens Live‘ by one of that show’s wait-staff, Tom Sandoval, came with a glimpse of his debut music video in Charles McMansion’s ‘T.I.P.’ It stands for ‘Touch in Public’ and as ridiculous as the whole scene is, there’s something funky about it, with its irresistibly catchy hook and groovy bassline, and I can’t help but dig it. Here’s to guilty pleasures, and to Mr. Sandoval as the Hunk of the Day. After all, guilty pleasure is what the Hunk of the Day is all about.

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Hunk of the Day: Liam Jolley

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Fitness model and physique competitor Liam Jolley makes his Hunk of the Day debut, and based on the photos here this looks like it may be just the beginning. Jolley has refined his form to the finery you see here, and through exercise and workouts and a proper diet, you can do the same. Well, probably not the same: there are some genetics involved here that you, and certainly I, likely don’t have. Luckily, Liam does, so let’s just look and enjoy the view instead of all the push-ups we’d need to do to even come close.

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Hunk of the Day: Taylor Frey

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This high-school-footballer-turned-actor set hearts ablaze with his turn as a closeted gay Mormon in the not-totally-cringe-worthy ‘G.B.F.’ (Gay Best Friend) which is a sort of modern-day pro-gay take on ‘Mean Girls’, which was pretty modern and pro-gay in itself. (I actually wish I had seen ‘G.B.F.’ in my high school years, which is the greatest plug I can give a movie.) Taylor Frey is our Hunk of the Day, not only for the body seen here, but for the impressive roster of work he’s done on Broadway (and ‘Days of Our Lives‘ – cue my teenage girl squeal).

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