Monday, September 8, 2008

CosmoMen 2008


Bruce Quebral

Overall an improved list from last year's, mainly because not everyone is a model this time. In Cosmopolitan Magazine's 69 Bachelors 2008, there are plenty students/models. And when they're just plain students, I bet they're actually angling to become models, if they aren't already in the roster of a modeling agency. How else were they able to assemble such a large cast if not for agents and auditions? Also, I really have to wonder why some are just plain "students" while others are specialized, like "mechanical engineering student" or "financial management student". Exactly what kind of courses add to papa appeal?

It's great to see a couple of working nurses in there, because it's a sign the editors considered the larger population. So, what, no call center agents? Not a hot enough profession for you? It's also nice to see someone over age 30, finally. And a dentist who's 19 -- What?! And a couple of musicians, who actually play rock, so I wonder if "musician" now sounds hotter than "rock star". But the winner judgment is in including seven professional rugby players in one spread. Because, although we're sure these guys are yummy individually, we know what this annual special called Cosmo Men is really about: abundance.

The ten centerfolds are hit-and-miss, as always. The only real surprise is basketball player Macky Escalona, who's a student athlete but not a model, or not yet, in a slightly more conservative version of Paul Artadi's naked balls-y pose in 2003. He looks like he's not enjoying the photo shoot, which makes it simultaneously adorable and annoying. Hip-hop artist Billy Crawford, though a cool choice, botches it with a shot that doesn't know what it wants to show us. Undereye shadows and an arm tattoo in a formless slouch? He, with two others, Paolo Contis and coverboy Derek Ramsay, are photographed only from the waist up, which is a boring cop-out considering about six dozen other men are half-naked too.

Finally, since this magazine is supposed to be for the ladies, I have to ask: Do women find it sexier when men are photoshopped to look like porcelain molds? What's wrong with pores? And, do none of you ever fantasize about blue collar workers? Is this absence from year to year indicative of the Pinay's perception of an ideal mate or simply the editors' narrow-mindedness? And, aren't you just bored of everyone talking about girls when you really know better?

GRADE: B

Related Link:
Photos of 2008 Cosmo Hunks
Review: Cosmo Men 2007

4 comments:

closet case said...

Do women find it sexier when men are photoshopped to look like porcelain molds? What's wrong with pores?

love this question. but who wants reality? cosmo is all about fantasy.

And, do none of you ever fantasize about blue collar workers?

maybe demographics. cosmo readers might be largely middle-income. and this segment may be perceived as 'aspirational'. it's still celebrity skin that brings the readers. blue collar skin, no matter how actually delicious is still too much everyday reality.

Basol said...

i agree...
sana ndi nila phinoto-shop...

okey fine, some would say na "ay may flaw cia"
pero most of us would say that being a "hunk" is hotter wit the flaws...
mas masculine ang dating...

ethan h said...

"Do women find it sexier when men are photoshopped to look like porcelain molds? What's wrong with pores?"

All magazines are like that, even FHM and Maxim have the women in porcelain with heavy makeup. I get where your comment comes from. In certain instances, the men in cosmo just look too porcelain, or covered with thick concealer all over. The photoshop is not very good in those instances.

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