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Man Candy Day: Naked Beauty

This week post is devoted to the naked beauty, or better, to these pictures of naked men (but almost work safe) that caught my eyes. In one case, Samuel de Cubber, it was also the first example of a naked man in advertisement, after years that naked women were selling everything.

French model Samuel de Cubber appeared naked in the European edition of Vogue, advertisement for YSL's M7 perfume, considered too explicit for US readers. And for this reason the real photo is under the cut and out of the cut I will feature the "work safe" version.

Samuel de Cubber by Solve Sundsbor

Time magazine said: "Break out the champagne, get out the party lights, strike up the band-the last taboo has finally been broken." That's how the country's top news magazine announced the first full-frontal male nude in mainstream American advertising.

The product being promoted was a new Yves Saint Laurent men's fragrance called M7, but the real star of the historic ad was French model Samuel de Cubber. The black-and-white image shows de Cubber, a former martial arts champion, lounging nude on a bare floor, with his genitals in full view.

For those of us who pay attention to the media, the significance of the pioneering ad is that, after decades of women being stripped down to their birthday suits to sell products, here is a dramatic instance of a naked man being used for that purpose.

Most of the stories quote YSL artistic director Tom Ford defending the nudity. "Perfume is worn on the skin," according to Ford, "so why hide the body?"


Tyler Christopher (born Tyler Christopher Baker on November 11, 1972 in Joliet, Illinois, United States) is an American actor. He best known for playing on General Hospital as Nikolas Cassadine (1996-1999, 2003-present) and Connor Bishop (2004-2005).

Christopher was born in Joliet, Illinois and grew up in Delaware, Ohio, the youngest of four children. He is of Native American heritage, as his mother Jimi-Ann is Choctaw and his father Jim Baker is Seneca. He attended Ohio Wesleyan University for two years and then moved to Los Angeles.

In the mid-1990s, Christopher was engaged to General Hospital co-star Vanessa Marcil. From 2002 to 2004 he was married to Eva Longoria, while she was working on the The Young and the Restless. He also dated his General Hospital co-star Natalia Livingston for a short while.

Christopher married Brienne Pedigo on September 27, 2008, and the couple currently resides in Los Angeles. Their first son, Greysun James Christopher, was born on October 3, 2009.


Ryan Kwanten (born 28 November 1976) is an Australian actor. He played Vinnie Patterson from 1997 to 2002 on the Australian soap-opera Home and Away. After his stint ended he joined the American teen-oriented drama Summerland portraying Jay Robertson. In 2008, he was cast as Jason Stackhouse in True Blood.

Kwanten was born in Sydney, New South Wales to Eddie Kwanten, a worker at NSW Maritime, and Kris, a lifeline op-shop coordinator. He is of Dutch ancestry on his father's side. Kwanten has two brothers, Mitchell, who is an musician and Lloyd, who is a doctor. He attended Catholic school. Kwanten began acting on the television shows A Country Practice and Spellbinder. In 1997, he joined the cast of the Australian soap opera Home and Away, playing lifeguard Vinnie Patterson. He eventually chose to leave the series in 2002, shortly after his character married and became a father. Moving to the United States, Kwanten was cast as Jay Robertson in the Lori Loughlin-starring series Summerland, which ran from 2004 to 2005. He appeared in the films Flicka, with Maria Bello, Alison Lohman and Tim McGraw, and Dead Silence, a horror movie in which he played the leading role.

Kwanten made an appearance in a Law and Order: SVU episode that aired on December 2, 2008, in which he portrays US Marine Corps Master Sergeant Dominic Pruitt who is (falsely) accused of raping and murdering a fellow marine and murdering her unborn baby.

In 2009, he starred in the film Don't Fade Away with Mischa Barton and Beau Bridges.

Kwanten currently plays the role of Jason Stackhouse in True Blood, an HBO television series based on Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire Mysteries. He was nominated for a 2009 Scream Award for his role as Jason Stackhouse. He stars in the psychological thriller Red Hill, which was directed by Patrick Hughes.



( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 17th, 2010 07:38 pm (UTC)
I'm glad America has stopped being afraid to show the penis. It's been shown in a few recent movies (observe and report, The Hangover) for a comedic affect, but the ad shown above is very tasteful.

Also, Tyler is the reason I watch General Hospital.
May. 17th, 2010 07:53 pm (UTC)
I love Solve Sundsbor's work, it's always tasteful and really sexy.
May. 17th, 2010 07:44 pm (UTC)
You know, that series of pics of Mason Bellamy in the sand? Especially the butt-shot? All I could think was Oww! I'll bet he was feeling like someone had sandpapered his delicate crevices for days, if not weeks. [shudder] I hope he was well paid for that shoot. :/

And good for Samuel breaking the skin barrier. :) I have no problem with nekkid women in the media, so long as there are nekkid men too -- only fair, right?

May. 17th, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC)
LOL, yes, I bet the feeling of sand everywhere was not exactly good, but the result is very sexy. And also I'm for same opportunities of seeing naked skin, female and male :-)
May. 17th, 2010 08:03 pm (UTC)

I am suddenly overcome with the unstoppable urge to buy YSL fragrances.

(Hey, Madison Avenue, see how easy that was?)
May. 17th, 2010 08:08 pm (UTC)
LOL at least it was perfume he advertized, you can afford it, think if it was diamonds ;-)
May. 17th, 2010 11:14 pm (UTC)
I'll admit, I scanned the pictures outside the cut before reading the text. With the picture of Tyler Christopher my first reaction was "oh, he's hot", then I looked at the text and realized I knew him. I used to be big into "General Hospital", although I haven't seen it for years.

The rolling in the sand shots are also hot, although that poor boy is going to be finding sand in odd places for weeks. *g*

Thanks for the picspam.
May. 17th, 2010 11:54 pm (UTC)
Wow, I've been watching True Blood and I had no idea Ryan Kwanten was Australian!
May. 18th, 2010 12:00 am (UTC)
Oh so beautiful!

I use to be a General Hospital fan but missed seeing Tyler as I had given up on that soap long before he came along.

Great choices today, Elisa!
May. 18th, 2010 06:53 am (UTC)
wow.. that was a treat today... thank you ;-)
May. 18th, 2010 11:03 am (UTC)
You've given me visual inspiration again for a character in my novel! LOL
Sep. 2nd, 2010 12:49 am (UTC)
i am especially fond of samuel's penis and mason's ass. very tastefully done, no hint of pornography.
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