So yesterday there wasn't anybody to vote on -- sorry about that, if you were obsessively refreshing our mobile web app waiting to vote. I promise the lack of voting wasn't because I was hung over from the prior night's debauchery. Promise!
What that does mean is that we get to kick it old-school, when I selected the daily hunk on my own and y'all just had to deal with my (excellent) tastes. Enter Shemar Moore!
This six-foot-tall, 43-year-old charmer is the star of Criminal Minds and a regular star of my daydreams of what it would be like to have a boyfriend who is in the FBI.
I hope your new year is getting off to a stellar start! Watch for nominees for voting a little later this morning!
From The CW (a network who seems to have figured out that viewers really like shows with attractive guys on it... and that they go crazy when those guys go shirtless) we bring you your first Hunk of the Day in 2014, Stephen Amell!
While the unfortunate news for ladies and gay guys alike is that he just celebrated his first wedding anniversary with his wife and 2 month old daughter, we can still enjoy his performances and the obvious gym time he is putting in. This Canadian hottie hit a bullseye with the voters (see what I did there?) and a deserving choice to ring in 2014 with!
While I have your attention (thanks for being someone who reads these things) -- I wanted to say thank-you for a great 2013. I really appreciate your readership... every one of your clicks on those "Like" and "Share" buttons goes so far in making sure Hunk du Jour can keep trucking. Pageviews are king, so keep checking in every day and diving back into the archives to discover old favorites!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Nick Jonas knows the Instagram trick, click that "high contrast" sunshine if you want to make your muscle definition more visible in flat lighting. He's leading the charge in these young male pop stars showing us they aren't skinny little boys anymore.
Nick has a collection of movie credits to his name, including two stints in the mega-musical Les Miserables and playing heartthrob Link Larkin in Hairspray at the Hollywood Bowl.
No longer touring with his brothers Jonas, check out Nick's latest musical foray, Nick Jonas and the Administration.
My first glimpse of Charlie Hunnam was in the British TV series Queer as Folk where he played baby-gay Nathan who falls hard for older man Stuart. (Check out the series, you'll see why his performance is unforgettable.)
Since then, he has been attached to projects like Undeclared, Sons of Anarchy, and Pacific Rim... but Charlie's headlines lately have been around landing the role of Christian Grey in 50 Shades of Grey, and then stepping away from the project.
While I'm interested in seeing how the movie goes without him, I have to admit I was really pleased when I heard he'd been initially cast. Now we'll just have to wonder what the film would have been like with him while watching repeats of QAF.
Sorry for the delay in today's hunk... I settled in for a post-holiday snooze last night and was out for a few hours more than I was planning on!
I think we can all agree that Chase Isaacs is worth the wait, though! I saw this image on Homotography and knew he would be popular.
Chase is a fitness model, naturally, who just turned 23... He's 5' 11" tall, blue eyed, and hails from Indiana.
Chase can be found on Twitter @cm_isaacs, Instagram @cmisaacs, and has a Facebook page if you want to keep a closer eye on him! (We are on Twitter @HunkDuJour and if you want to see pictures of peoples cats and some of my photography I'm Instagramming @chrismonsos.)
Okay, now I'm going to go select & load today's nominees... I promise!
Grant Dietmeier is a model with Maximum Talent out of Denver. He's a blue-eyed 6' 2" of handsome fella!
Happy Boxing Day! Your Hunk today is 27-year-old actor (and son of Clint Eastwood), Scott Eastwood! He'll be appearing in the World War II movie Fury in 2014.
Check out this exclusive sneak peek at some of the fresh new faces of the HIV Equal campaign, an all-inclusive anti-stigma and HIV testing initiative from World Health Clinicians.
HIV affects everyone. However after the most recent shoot in Los Angeles--the city of beautiful people--there was an abundance of uber sexy men supporting the campaign. Though the set may be light on ladies and politicians, we think you'll enjoy these photos of some of the hunky and brave participants!
From the HIV Equal:
The HIV Equal photo campaign fights the stigma associated with HIV by illustrating that everyone is equally valuable regardless of HIV status. Participants photographed also take an HIV test with an on-hand health professional as part of a greater effort to help end the fear around HIV testing. The test is confidential and involves a quick mouth swab with results in 20 minutes. In the event that an individual does test positive, the staff is prepared with the necessary counseling and linkage to care.
Individuals are photographed with a unique "HIV=" logo, which strategically appears on their body. As a play on the word "status," a unique caption will read 'STATUS:_______,' and every model picks a word that exemplifies one aspect of their personality. This alludes to the fact that who we are as people is much more important than an HIV status.
According to the latest statistical data reported by the County of Los Angeles in its 2012 Annual HIV Surveillance Report, there were more than 2,000 new diagnoses of HIV infection in 2010, with a total of 45,474 persons currently living with HIV by December 31, 2012. Men accounted for 1,816 (88%) of such cases, and the age demographic that saw the highest number of infections (60%) was between the ages of 20-39.
Recently added to its list of supporters is Todrick Hall, Ben Patrick Johnson, Greg Louganis, Mario Diaz, Amy Paffrath and husband Drew Seeley, Selene Luna, The Friend Movement's Ronnie Kroell, Tony Tripoli, Kristin Banta, Jackie Beat, West Hollywood Mayor John Duran and dozens of other amazing individuals.
HIV Equal co-founders Jack Mackenroth and celebrity photographer Thomas Evans are particularly excited to be supported by NOH8 co-founder Adam Bouska, who has effectively illustrated what a social media campaign like this can do to change public opinion.
"We are launching HIV Equal with photos of amazing artists and celebrities but the goal is just to garner national attention so we can take this mobile testing initiative around the country and test people from all walks of life who want to get involved, get tested and help fight the stigma," says WHC Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Gary Blick. "We are very aware that HIV affects everyone - and disproportionately affects communities that include people of color. We truly appreciate everyone's participation, but we would LOVE more men and women of color to join the campaign."
Happy Hump Day, Hunk Lovers! Here's a hump day quickie for you, perennial fan favorite Jack Mackenroth in these exclusive pics just for your discerning eyes!
Jack gave us a little insight on the shoot:
[Kevin and I had] been talking about shooting for a while now but our schedules never seemed to synchronize. I've been a fan of Kevin's work for a long time. The shoot was initially for a Brazilian magazine called GLAD but something got lost in translation during their communication regarding art direction and they thought the photos were "too provocative" and they only ended up using one image. We put a lot of time and effort into the shoot so we sent them to you so they could see the light of day.
Mister Chase (see our previous interview) is back and buff -- covering Rihanna's "Stay."
Stars in Danger: The High Dive, a two-hour special on FOX that challenges celebrities to face their fears and take the plunge into the world of diving. (See what I did there?)
Aside from the chance to see some of your favorite celebrities in swimwear (including Stephen "Twitch" Boss, David Chokachi, Antonio Sabato Jr. and Terrell Owens) - you can see some of the effort and struggles faced while tackling an incredibly difficult sport.
I'm happy to welcome back Karl Walden to Hunk du Jour, who was nice enough to answer a few questions about the show and how the rigerous training went for the stars!
Watch Stars in Danger: The High Dive tonight at 8:00PM on FOX!
How did you get involved with Stars In Danger: The High Dive?
I heard about the show through my friend who saw a breakdown online for divers and or diving coaches. I submitted my headshot, my team picture from the university of tennessee, and some videos of me diving for the show - hoping to get an interview. I quickly got a call to schedule an on-camera interview. I kept getting calls from the production company saying I made it through to another round, and then the final call telling me that I'd booked it! I was REALLY excited!
Two Hunk du Jour favorites bring you a Christmas treat... Gilles Marini in this incredibly sexy pic from the archives of our friend Fred Goudon!
Is there any better way to celebrate the holidays??
The Hunk of the Day application and voting is still down for refurbishment. I hope to have it back soon, but do not have an ETA. Thank-you for your patience.
Over on his blog today, photographer Fred Goudon has a Q&A with model and international DJ Willy Monfret.
Nicki Minaj fans might recognize him as the hunk from her Right Through Me video. Check out these photos as well as two outtakes after the jump!
British mag Q+A UK features a rare appearance by a male model on it's cover this month! Alex Geerman (Soul) gets the honor, and he appears with fellow model Jeff Tomsik (Next) for an editorial shot by Sailey Williams
It is a season of reconnecting with old friends and colleagues this summer... and next on the list is Sonny Tong. He's a crazy talented photographer, lands some epic and amazing gigs with noteworthy folks, and may even be old enough to buy alcohol by now. (If not, I'll hook you up when we finally meet up, Sonny.)
He shared images from one of his latest projects -- Frank C from Chosen Models. Frank's torso has a gravitational force that resists all efforts to conceal it! And that's good news for us.
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