Inspirational certainly fits when thinking of actor and model Nyle DiMarco. The 26 year old not only became only the second male contestant to win America's Top Model, he also became the shows first deaf winner. Since winning the show, Nyle has signed with Wilhelmina Models and most recently had his first magazine spread in NYLON.
Sam was born on December 21st, yet his birthday is during the summer this year.
How could this be?
I remember being stumped the first time I heard that riddle when I was younger. I have to admit though, that the younger time I am referencing wasn't when I was 9 or 10. It was when I was in my twenties as it was when I was in University that I really learned that the seasons here in America, don't run the same way everywhere in the world.
In Australia, summer begins in December and runs until February. Therefore as winter began here on December 21st, summer was well under way as Christmas was approaching. Given we here in the North East of America got our first real blast of cold, snow and windchill this week, I thought it was the perfect time to inject a blast of Australian summer onto FH by heading to an Australian beach with Ian, and the images captured there by Ian from macpics.
Visiting Australia is one of my dream destinations, but there are a few places I need to check off before many plans. Due to the size of the continent, there is not one single seasonal calendar for the entire continent. Instead, there are six climate zones which translate as two main seasonal patterns.
One of the things I love so much about working on FH, is learning so much about the places I get to visually visit. I don't think I really realized until today how cold it gets in the continents snowy mountain regions. Although I think I knew there were places you could go skiing, snow skiing, in Australia, you don't always think of New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania being associated with successful ski hills and resorts.
Whether shooting Santa's out on the beach, or seductive models wrapped in red within the studio, Ian always manages to crank up the heat. Neil looks amazing walking along the beach, or through the brush, and in Ian's studio shots. Neil has a great physique and smooth sun tanned body, but it is his large and incredibly beautiful eyes that pull in the viewers focus in so many of Ian's images.
I know, I know, I said I wasn't going to do any 12 Days this year, but given I already broke that with my Christmas Day posting featuring Jimmy Stewart, What's one more. I was away off and on over Christmas, but when I got back after New Year's, decided it was time to clean off my DVR. I just finished I movie I actually DVR'd last Christmas, but never got around to watching, The 9 Lives of Christmas, featuring the ultra adorable and talented actor Brandon Routh.
I have been a fan of Routh's since his turn as Superman and am glad to see him back on television in a new series in January. Routh to me was the best post Reeve Superman, embodying many of the qualities Christopher Reeve brought to the role. I think the director and script had more to do with poor reception to Superman Returns than Routh who was forced to wear the film's failure, something he certainly did not deserve to wear on his broad beautiful shoulders.
9 Lives of Christmas
Routh didn't work much the year after the 2006 film, but in the last couple of years he has been busy with television guest spots and films, many of which wisely get a shirtless scene or two. I was really starting to enjoy Partners before the network prematurely pulled the plug. Brandon's next role in is Greg Berlanti's action series Legends of Tomorrow. The series, which also stars Victor Garber, Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller premieres early next year.
Love this promo pic with Michael Urie from Partners