Friday, March 30, 2007
By ISTRA PACHECO
MEXICO CITY Mar 30, 2007 (AP)— Ricky Martin defended the right of pop stars to come out of the closet, saying he felt solidarity with Christian Chavez of Mexican band RBD, who recently said publicly that he is gay.
"Life is too short to live closed up, guarding what you say," said Martin whose sexual orientation has been the subject of speculation in an interview with The Associated Press. Christian "has to be free in many aspects. I wish him much strength."
Martin, who was named person of the year in 2006 by the Latin Recording Academy, has hits including "Livin' la Vida Loca" and "Shake Your Bon-Bon."
He said his nonprofit Ricky Martin Foundation inspires him in his songwriting. One of the foundation's programs, People for Children, works toward the elimination of human trafficking, especially trafficking of children.
"When you start to work with social problems, it gets the attention of the media and people think it's a farce," the 35-year-old singer said. "It's a spiritual search. The philanthropic work helps me write music and the music helps me in the philanthropic work."
Martin said it was great that more celebrities are working with charities.
"If this is a fashion, then I hope a lot more fashions like this come along."
He will tour the U.S. in April and May.
RBD, which spun off Mexico's wildly popular soap opera, "Rebelde," has achieved success throughout Latin America and among Spanish speakers in the United States.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
There are guys who take care of their body faithfully. They are called gym rats. Nothing can stop them from going to the gym - be it hell or high water. But, is having a great body enough? There are lots of other factors that affect the beauty of the male species.
One of the main factor is hygiene. You could have the most toned abs, or the bulkiest chest - but if you have body odor - you might as well forget it.
There are must-ships for great personal hygiene:
1. Take a shower daily.
2. Fresh Breath - brush and floss regularly, and visit your dentist!
3. Underarm deodorant is a must - use deodorant everytime you take a shower, even before going to the gym.
4. Body hair - if you are hairless - give thanks! But if you aren't, trimming is in. Make sure that there are no strays that are unsightly. Shaving is no longer for women only. Nose hairs are most important. TRIM IT!
5. Cologne - never leave home without it.
6. Moisturizer - a lot of guys think that this is for women only. WRONG! Use facial moisturizer with UV protection most especially during the summer months.
7. Lotion - a great body lotion protects your skin from cracking during winter months. Hey, it also helps your skin looks young and fresh.
8. Nails - if you want to be sexy, well-manicured nails (hands and feet) can never be wrong. Personally, my weakness is clean finger and toe nails. VERY SEXY!
These are the basics. If you can follow the 8 steps to better hygiene, you are on your way. As a reward, here's an example of a well-groomed man. Adrian Bellani of the soap opera, 'PASSIONS'.
Monday, March 26, 2007
Here's a sample of those types of guys! Click the pictures to enlarge.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Here’s a clip of Gareth Watkins photography style as shown on Youtube.com. Take a look!
Representatives of Harlequin Enterprises, the world's biggest publisher of romance novel series, inspected the assets of about 200 men who lined up at a Toronto casting house on Saturday to prove they could flutter readers' hearts better than professional models.
"We're looking for some guys that are not your usual models, but have that iconic look that women go for -- sexy, sensitive, beautiful and fit," said Harlequin spokeswoman Marleah Stout, who attended the open casting.
"We want real men ... exactly what you think in your mind when you're fantasizing or imagining that ideal man."
Toronto-based Harlequin, a division of newspaper group Torstar Corp., sold 131 million books in 94 countries last year. It estimates that a third of American women have read at least one of its titles.
Until now, the publisher relied on modeling agencies to supply bodies for its concupiscent covers. But the readership -- predominantly female and averaging 42 years of age -- was upset when slight, young cover models clashed with the brawny, mature heroes described within.
"Some of the heroes are captains of industry, billionaires," said Deborah Peterson, a Harlequin creative designer and a judge at the audition. "A lot of the models were too young, men in their twenties ... and our audience likes men a little bit older, a bit bigger, than the runway models."
At the Toronto casting, chiseled hopefuls shed their shirts and donned a cowboy hat for the panel while a handful of other judges watched on closed-circuit camera in an adjacent room.
Several were asked to return for a book cover shot, where they may earn up to C$250 ($215) an hour, according to male modeling agencies.
Others indulged their own fantasies.
"From what I understand, (Harlequin) readers are women who want to escape from the relationship that they're in," said auditioner Carlos Troccoli, 30, who was tall, sturdy and muscular. "I can bring that to them."
Friday, March 23, 2007
Night club owner Anthony, 24, graduated with a degree in Business Administration and is currently studying for his Masters. Since winning his national title, Anthony says he has been most fulfilled when working with children and young people affected by cancer. “With just a little help, we could brighten their day and also help their parents get the best medical care,’ said Anthony. He hopes that should he win the title of Mr World, he would be able to build on the care he has shown to the children of Lebanon to help others around the world. He has also worked successfully as a model. Anthony speaks English, French and Arabic.
Alonso, 24, is a model and assistant manager with a licence in business administration. He has high ambitions to be an important businessman who can benefit the national economy. He is also an enthusiastic sportsman who practices yoga and meditation, as well as gymnastics, acrobatics and swimming. Alonso speaks Spanish, French and English.
Hugo combines working as model with his studies in System Engineering. Hugo is a keen sports man, playing basket ball, karate, judo and taekondo. When his busy schedule allows him some free time he loves to listen to music, acting and dancing to the rhythms of latin music. His ambition is to be successful in his career and lead a healthy life. Hugo speaks Spanish and English.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Here’s a set of beautiful faces (and bods of course!):