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The Swimwear Successional...

No one likes a shady beach....

We all know there's been a shift in men's swimsuits over the years.  In the 20's and 30's it was tank tops and shorts.  In the 50's and 60's the tank tops were dropped, and the shorts became 'trunks'.  The length got a little shorter, and they got a little tighter.  In the 70's and 80's, speedos were all the range, until baggier board shots sadly dominated in the 1990's.

There's a personal progression when it comes to swimwear as well.  I know that I have several different styles and types, depending on where I'm going, and who I'm going with.  If I'm going to a public beach with families and children, I usually stick to my board shorts.  I also have a smaller, tighter pair, and speedo I pull out from time to time depending on the company I keep and situation I'm in.

When I was choosing images of hottie Nova Ashwood, I noticed almost all of the shots I'd saved were shots of Nova in swimwear.   Not matter what Nova's wearing, board shorts, or a thong, he rocks any beach he's on.  If you haven't met Nova yet, let me introduce you.  You can check out more on his Twitter page HERE:

These shots of Nova had me searching for other shots of other men in 'barely there' bathing suits.  Check out some of my favorite on the NEXT PAGE HERE:

Excellence in Casting: All Fall Down

Male enough to attract a dozen women...not man enough to be faithful to one!

I first saw the 1962 drama All Fall Down last year on TCM.  I've been meaning to post about the film since.  This week seemed the perfect time.  First off, there was a lot of press last week for the 100th birthday of one of the film's stars, Eva Marie Saint.  Secondly, TCM is running the film again this Thursday.  If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend you check it out.

Prior to getting over my distain for old movies, especially black and white films, I wasn't really a fan of actor Warren Beatty.  Growing up in the 80's, the only Beatty films I saw were the ones my parents rented on VHS.  As a kid, I couldn't sit through Reds, Ishtar or Bugsy, and although I made it through Dick Tracy, I didn't love it.  Thanks to TCM however, I've grown to love many of many of his films and appreciate what a stunning man, and talented actor he was and is.

In All Fall Down, Beatty was both incredibly hot, and incredibly unlikable.  He was also really great as troubled son Berry-Berry who mistreats almost everyone he encounters, including his family.  Berry-Berry is hot, and he knows it, and he uses his looks and charisma to use and abuse several women he encounters throughout the film.

The casting director deserves an award for this film.  In addition to Beatty, the entire cast including; Eva Marie Saint, Carl Malden and Brandon Wilde all put in high caliber performances.  I first developed a crush on Wilde after seeing him int he Paul Newman movie Hud.  I previously featured him on the site HERE:

Angela Lansbury is as always a stand out as Annabell Willart, mother to Berry-Berry and his younger brother Clinton. (Wilde)  Although she's playing much older, Lansbury was only in her thirties while shooting the film.  That would have made her only about 10 years older than Beatty who played her son.

There are no scenes of male skin in the film, but the film is beautifully shot, and Beatty's beautiful face and body more than make up for it.  So does the story and the family dysfunction so skillfully written, directed and performed.   If you're in need of a little Beatty skin, you can check out my previous posts on FH HERE:

Love 'Em or Leave 'Em?

Last month, when featuring one of the hot guests on the first couple of episodes of Below Deck Mediterranean, (The Power of the Pubes) I referenced the auditory hotness of deck hands Nathan Gallagher and Joe Bradley.  Nathan's accent is Irish and although Joe grew up in Spain, his accent is pure Liverpool.  I find both accents incredibly hot, and incredibly easy to understand, despite the shows odd decision to add close captioning to many of their conversations.

I started watching this season when it aired, but as usual, got behind, only getting caught up this past weekend.  I still enjoy both Nathan and Joe, and their bromance is fun to watch, but my crush has lessened a bit.  Although both seem like really nice guys, the longer you watch a reality show, the more you see the thrones beneath the pretty pedals.

If I had to choose one, oh to be so lucky, it would have to be Nathan.   Joe is drawn to the closest vagina, and his attraction to Ellie is head scratching.  Maybe she comes off better in person, but watching the show, she's one I'd try to avoid.  Nathan Gallagher on the other hand, is drawn to just one woman, and it's easy to understand why.  Gael is beautiful, and despite the fact she already has a boyfriend, Nathan is still giving it his all.

It's not that I condone going after someone that's taken, but hey, when you're on a boat with only a few people to cuddle up with, you have to do what you have to do.  I don't blame Nathan for trying, Gael is the catch of the crew, but Gael is torn, so we'll have to wait and see how things end up...

Although there hasn't been any nudity yet this season, not that I caught anyway, but I did pick a good week to get caught up.  There were several scenes with Nathan in his tight white briefs that were worth a second look.  It's still early, hopefully we'll see a bit more of Nathan or Joe as the season goes on.

Point Of No Return: Julien by KRVT

'When I had the chance to do a nude modeling shoot at the end of 2022,  I though why not.  It might be my only opportunity and since I have no problem with showing off, I need to take it.'

Being a model, especially being a male model, isn't one of those careers most little boys grow up dreaming about.  Very few people actually make it, and it's not a career goal that many parents encourage or support.  So many of the male models I've interviewed have shared that modeling wasn't so much something they necessarily sought, but something that found them. Often it began on a whim, or through a specific opportunity.  That's exactly how it happened for Julien.

As much as I enjoy great images of hot men, FH readers know I'm not satisfied with just posting images.  I love to know the stories behind them, and how the images I'm drawn to, came to be. I especially love when the stories take me to places I've only visited through reading, through movies or my vivid, and always wandering imagination.  Julien has a great story, one that started and takes place in a country I'd love to visit one day.

I knew nothing about Julien, or his story when we connected on Twitter.  I followed his page of course, because he was posting incredibly hot images.  I loved Julien's long, lean body and great face and smile. Julien also credited himself on Twitter as, Twunk Nextdoor', a name which peaked my curiosity to find out more.  Julien kindly answered all my questions, about his Twitter name, how he got into nude modeling, and the best and worst parts of taking it all off for the world to see. I enjoy Julien's images, but I really loved and respected his story, especially his honest, and often raw answers to my questions.  I think you will as well.

What got you started with modeling? 
In all honesty, I never planned to become a model - it's even weird for me to say that I am one. I feel that calling myself a model is a disgrace to all the actual models out there, haha. I am far, far, FAR from being a beautiful, model-like boy. I don't have the face or the style. As one photographer said, I am more of a boy next door, which isn't inherently a bad thing, but it's obviously not something this industry is looking for. 

I always wanted to be a singer or an actor, or just a creative person in general, but I never had a strong support system to pursue that path. However, the eagerness to become, at least, recognizable kept growing and growing. Add to that the need to show off as a way of seeking validation for how my body looks and overcoming body dysmorphia and anorexia, and what you end up with is an "average boy" trying to make a splash in modeling :) 

Did you always plan on posing nude?
Well, as I said, never planned to become a model and most likely would never stand a chance to become a fashion/clothing model etc. etc.  When I had the chance to do a nude modeling shoot at the end of 2022, I though why not.  It might be my only opportunity and since I have no problem with showing off, I need to take it.

Had you previously done any nude activities, nude beaches or anything?
Before modeling, I had never had an experience like that, no nude beaches, not public nudity, nothing. Well, having sex doesn't count I guess lol

So were you nervous the first time you posed nude?
Not really, it actually felt very hmm liberating and somewhat natural for me. 

Curious about the attitudes about men posing nude in Poland? Are there many opportunities?
When it comes to men posing nude in Poland, there is some sort of stigma. One time, I had a short conversation with a photographer, and I agreed with what they said: In Poland, male nude posing is considered 'gay,' or a sign of a 'lack of self-respect'. You need to have very thick skin, as the criticism starts pouring in once you pursue something like that. 

Regarding opportunities, there are some, but it is a very hermetic environment, and photographers tend to have their favorites that they want to work with. So it's hard to break through, I feel - it requires lots of self-confidence, faith in oneself, and discipline. 

What has been your best modeling experience so far? 
Maybe not 100% related to modeling, but thanks to it, I have met many great and interesting people who have broadened my perspectives, given me new ideas and visions about the world, and shown me different kinds of life that I wouldn't have been able to experience otherwise. I have also seen many places in Poland that I would most likely never have visited! 

What has been your worst?
The worst is actually extremely painful to me... When I was just starting doing Twitter in 2023, someone downloaded some of my photos, printed them out, put them on empty plastic bottles and wrapped stones with them, and threw them at my house at night during the Easter weekend of 2023... In the morning my mom found these bottles and stones... 

I'm not even going to mention how furious and disappointed she was... That incident also had an effect on me... I did make a dent in my, let's say, "career", as I didn't take part in any photoshoot till the end of 2023 and shut down my Twitter, IG accounts. I reopened them again at the beginning of 2024... I also became slightly paranoic because of it... Now every evening before going to sleep I need to check whether someone has thrown stuff at my place, written something on the road or the wall etc.

Did your family or friends have any reactions when you started posting nudes on-line?
As I've already mentioned, the first encounter my mom had with my pictures was during Easter 2023. At that time, I didn't reveal that I was pursuing modeling—I lied and said the pictures were "just for fun" or "for attention." It wasn't until the next Easter in 2024 that I came forward, which happened because my mom found my Instagram. She was mad again and told me that I was selfish for doing so, as it might destroy our family's reputation. (Mind you, I live in a village in southern Poland, where 100% of the population declare themselves as "Christian.") 

My older sister was slightly more accepting, but she still had her doubts and uncertainties. My dad, fortunately, wasn't told anything, which might be for the better. However, very soon, my modeling was pushed to the backburner as I came out to my mom as gay. Now it feels like she's living in denial. I'm pretty certain she knows that I'm still doing photoshoots and such, but she tries to keep that thought away from her. The same goes for me being gay. In short, my family isn't necessarily fond of what I'm doing. When it comes to friends, I feel like there is more acceptance there than in my family, but still, I have a strong feeling that many of them find my actions inscrutable and simply wrong.

How did you connect with KRVT
Actually he connected with me :) Ok, at first I followed his Instagram account and messaged him that I LUV his pics, but didn't say anything about a potential collab, as I was extremely shy and felt like I would never be picked. He is considered one of the best Polish black and white photographers by many, which is why it was a huge honor for me when HE offered me a photoshoot. So far we have done three of them together and, as of time of writing this message, the next one is on the way :) 

What was your favorite part of working with KRVT
He keeps teaching me many things about modeling, how to do certain things, which things work, which don't - he is kinda like my mentor, you know? I feel somewhat attached haha. Furthermore, he gave me a little tour of Warsaw, which was very kind of him! 

What is your favorite part about modeling?
I think that modeling gives me a chance to show off myself, to liberate myself in a way, to rebel against expectations of many and to have a taste of a "different" life, the one that I have always dreamt of. It may sound very self centered and extremely snobistic and vain, but I'm hoping that one day it will lead me to some sort of "breakthrough", and bring me the recognition and popularity. 

I'm not talking about being famous, because, let's be real, being famous as a model is rather rare and happens to selected few, but maybe one day I will grace a cover of a magazine, maybe found my picture in some sort of calendar? Who knows? All I know is that I can't give up. "I'm at the point of no return".

I love people who are able to break stereotypes and conventionalized norms. For most of my life, I think I thought of the 'boy next door' as good looking and hot, but not especially interesting.  In so many movies and TV shows the boy next door is cute, but also often bland and not incredibly interesting. A guy you'd want to hook up with, but not necessarily spend a lot of time with. 
Julien certainly busted those norms, and my preconceived notions on the phrase and it's meaning.  This boy next door is incredibly hot, but also has a story I loved reading and hearing ab out. I look forward to reading, and seeing the visuals from future chapters of Julien's journey. 

Julien on Instagram / Twitter