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July 2011

Eye Candy Are the Stars of Sexy Men's Underwear Ads

Here's the fifth installment of enthralling men's underwear ads from my personal collection.  Let the drooling begin ...


  • Nautica - Exactly what purpose does the woman in the background of this ad serve?  To draw in straight men, giving them permission to furtively glance at the hot man in the foreground?  Whatever the reason, her inclusion is puzzling, even comical.  Reminds me how every International Male catalog has a token woman on at least one of its pages.




  • Nautica - Another beautiful Nautica ad, but in this execution the model's lady friend is out of the picture.  The ad evokes a feeling of being away at some balmy beach paradise.




  • Perry Ellis - A number of things in this ad draw in the reader.  First, it's kinda sexy how his slightly damp briefs slightly cling to his butt.  Second, the glimpse of his face and pecs in the mirror indicate he's a sexy fellow.  And what's on his mind?  Work issues?  Relationship troubles?  Contact lens just fell down the drain?  




  • Emporio Armani - No need for his name to appear on the ad because he's the world's most recognizable metrosexual (i.e., David Beckham).




  • Calvin Klein - This ad for the X-line of briefs features Japanese soccer superstar Hidetoshi Nakata (now retired at the age of 36).  Everything about this ad is pleasing - Nakata's sweat glistening body, the splash of color, the brief's pouch, even the giant 'X' splayed across his torso.




  • Fruit of the Loom - This ad is from the late 1970s.  The white towel and aqua briefs contrast nicely with the model's skin color. 




If you missed any of the other four installments on underwear ads, here are their links:

Men's Underwear Ads - No Ands, Ifs ... Just Sexy Butts

More Ogle-Worthy Men's Underwear Ads

Joy to the World - More Alluring Men's Underwear Ads

Aaah ... Underwear Ads!




Whatever Happened to ...?




Although some openly gay celebrities such as RuPaul and Ellen DeGeneres have managed to extend their fame well beyond 15 minutes, the gay celebrities featured in this post experienced a brief period of popularity that has since faded.  But although their careers may have peaked, for the most part they're still involved in their craft.  And, of course, there are always second acts! 



Sweeney rose to fame during the 1984-85 season of Saturday Night Live and was perhaps best known for his somewhat maniacal portrayal of Nancy Reagan.  I last recall seeing him on an episode of Seinfeld where he played an executive assistant who catches Elaine trying to take her tennis racket from his boss's office.





Upon half-brother Newt's rise to power in the mid-90s as Republican Speaker of the House, Gingrich was thrust from obscurity and suddenly became a gay activist.  (In fact, her 1997 memoir is titled The Accidental Activist.)  However, once Newt dropped from the headlines, for all intents and purposes, so did Candace.  She's now 55 (2021).





She rose to B-list stardom in the late 1980s, while co-starring as Marcie, the Bundy's yuppie next-door neighbor on Fox's first sitcom, the outlandish Married with Children.  She came out in the early 1990s and was later involved in a somewhat unsettling child custody suit with a former female partner.  She's now 62.





Resembling somewhat the fair-haired twin of Mad Men's Jon Hamm, Gant played the hunky HIV+ boyfriend of Michael Nifotsky in Showtime's Queer as Folk.  Since then he's made a string of guest appearances on primetime TV.  Then after QAF I was pleasantly surprised to see him in commercials for Volkswagen and Olive Garden.  He turned 53 in July (2021).





Sebastian is a dancer/actor who was a bartender briefly at New York's Splash bar before landing his biggest role in 2001, when he was cast as Rocky in the Broadway production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (which required him to dye his hair the color of white gold).  He's also performed at Broadway Bares and was in the Ricky Gervais bomb Ghost Town.  Additionally, he was a dancer in the movies Boogie Nights, and Chicago.  In 2012 he appeared for a few minutes in the critically lauded in the indie film Keep the Lights On, playing a muscle-head on crystal.  I'd venture to guess he's now in his mid-to-late 40s.




Openly gay and HIV+, Rudy, now 52 (Sept. 2021), won the Men's figure skating title at the 1996 US Nationals.  At times he raised eyebrows with some of his edgy costumes - 10 years before the flamboyant and outspoken Johnny Weir further upended the figure skating arena.





Somerville was lead singer of the groups Bronski Beat (Smalltown Boy) and Communards (Don't Leave Me This Way) before launching a solo career.  Known for his falsetto and distinctive skinhead look, the British Somerville's peak popularity (in gay circles) was largely from the mid-80s to early-90s.  He recently turned 60 during the summer of 2021.





Sybil sprang to celebrity status upon being crowned the first empress of the Imperial Court of New York in 1987.  After completing her reign, she continued as a charismatic and telegenic drag performer.  What made her distinctive was her buff body, closely cropped hair and sparkling personality.  She appeared regularly on the Gay Cable Network (GCN), which aired on local access in NYC and Cincinnati, and also hosted bingo nights, often for charity, at various venues.  Over the years I occasionally spotted Sybil's masculine persona, John Burke, eating breakfast at Manatus in the West Village (which closed in the mid-2010s).





This Canadian's springboard to quasi-fame was as one of the Kids in the Hall comedy troupe, whose sketch show aired on Canadian TV in the 1st half of the 1990s, and on Comedy Central in the US.  Roles that were audience favorites included gay bon-vivant Buddy Cole, housewife Fran Wilson, and sensible office worker Cathy.  After Kids, he was a regular on HBO's Larry Sanders Show, had a recurring role on NBC's Providence, and made numerous guest appearances on other shows, including late night talk shows.  He turned 62 in 2021.








A charming and unassuming designer of clothing and housewares, Oldham he hosted Todd Oldham's House of Style on MTV in the 1990s and had stints with Target and Old Navy among other places.  He'll turn 60 later this year.







New York State Added to Countries/Jurisdictions Where Gay Marriage is Legal (June 24, 2011)



With New York state's passing of same-sex marriage legislation on June 24, 2011, one in nine Americans now live in states where gay men and lesbians can marry.  If the state of California, with its 37 million population, carries out last year's appellate ruling overturning Prop 8, the number will double.  Presently (2011), 10 countries allow same-sex marriage.  The largest is South Africa, with a population of 50 million,  followed by Spain (47 million) and Argentina (41 million).  The US's six states and Washington, DC. have a combined population of 35 million, ranking it after Argentina and just ahead of Canada.







265 million people (as of 2011) worldwide now live in countries/jurisdictions where same-sex couples can marry - 4% of the world's 6.8 billion people (besides the US states and DC, Mexico City is also included).  And although many more countries may legalize same-sex unions before the US, at least some individual US states can be counted among these socially progressive nations.




I've written two previous posts on the subject of same-sex marriage:

Netherlands Becomes First Nation to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Same Sex Marriage Begins in Massachusetts