I haven't watch any of the latest edition of DWTS, but Canadian hockey player Sean Avery had me wanting to check it out. As a hockey fan I have been aware of Sean for awhile, especially his support, vocal and otherwise, about gay marriage and gay rights in general. Outspoken on many issues, Avery has often been under fire for his post game comments, but when it comes to marriage equity, he was one of the first, and loudest, professional hockey players to be making noise about the issue.
Sean is an interesting athlete for many reasons. Controversial yes, but also a cool blend of cocky masculinity along with a keen interest in style and fashion. A former model, Avery also served as a guest editor for Vogue Magazine and guest judged for Project Runway. He also seems to be good friends with Bravo's Andy Cohen and there are tons of images on the net of them hanging out together. I also think Sean is incredibly hot and thanks to Youtube, I got to see his two dances before he got the boot this past week. His movements are a bit jerky, but also sexy with a lot of rhythm. I think if he had stayed he would have given us some great future performance.
'I was already doing porn so posing naked was a walk in the park.'
Usually when I profile a model, one of the things I like to tap into are the reasons which led them to decided to try their hand at modeling. What got them started? What factors played into their decision to do nude work and what the experience was like for them, especially in the beginning. For Tobias, dropping trou was old hat, the goal in his work with Chris Teel was exploring different looks and emotions in front of the camera.
'A few months ago a friend told Tobias "If you worked out a bit you'd be very hot." Tobias took it so much to heart that he got a personal trainer, totally changed his diet and works out pretty much 7 days a week. In 6 months he's lost 50 lbs and he's become one of those guys we all admire with the big arms and the six pack abs.' Source
His hard work clearly paid off, Tobias has an incredible body. I think it is his beautiful eyes though... his nose and facial structure which really drew me to this set of images. Earlier this year, Tobias got together with photographer Chris Teel in an empty Toronto apartment to shoot. Love the results, especially the intensity captured in some of the shots.
When led to you first deciding to try your hand at modeling?
'I decided to try it out when I was finally starting to be happy with my body, I changed my lifestyle and workout to feel better and look better. Chris Teel suggested we have a photoshoot and a few friends pushed me in that direction. I never thought of modelling even before it was suggested.'
What have been your best, and worst experiences thus far with modeling?
'I haven't had any bad experience yet, I like the concept of me being a model, I don't think I will ever get how surreal it feels. As far as fame or money... I don't have a goal except having fun.'
Tell Me about Working With Chris and what the day of the shoot was like?
'It was a very intimate and fun day in an empty apartment. Chris was very nice and knew what he wanted, and we played music which made the environment really laid back and fun. My favourite picture is the one I am in the tank top, pulling on it to hide my privates. (pic of the day shot) It's my favourite because of the attitude in my eyes and the body lines showing.'
One of my favorite parts of the blog is putting together pieces for Blast From The Past. Hunks from the recent and distant past including Bo and Luke Duke, Trapper John's Gonzo and John Boy Walton just to start a very long list of hundreds of hunks from pop culture history I have covered. If you haven't journeyed back in awhile, maybe it's time for a trip.