The Hottest Men Of 2017

The most beautiful heartthrobs ever

What exactly is a hot guy? In my book, a hot guy is a man who looks good, is well-groomed, has a great personality and has the ability to climb the professional ladder, all the way to the top. This year, many men in the world proved that being something like that might be a lot of hard work but it’s still perfectly possible to accomplish it and yet there are some heartthrobs who were simply planets apart with it. These heartthrobs are cardboard-cutouts because of those reasons exactly: they demonstrate that being good looking doesn’t come easy.

10. Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars loves his accessories – imagining him looking good without it is definitely not a possibility.

9. Charlie Puth

Charlie (Puth) looks like an atypical young American boy, except that he’s got good looks to boast – really cool!

8. Jake Gyllenhaal

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Jake Gyllenhaal is totally all about his slicked-back hair, his tanned complexion, and his natural good looks shining through.

7. Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise can amazingly alternate between looking good casually and looking good in a smart avatar, so effortlessly. Talk about versatility!

6. Shawn Mendes
Shawn Mendes thinks working out is therapeutic but his crazy hair is probably what wins the game for the young Canadian music artist looks-wise – it perfectly compliments Shawn’s penchant to always sing his heart out with the greatest of pop songs.

5. Jordan Barrett

Jordan BarrettJordan is all about his good looks, from his chiseled face to his purely manly perspective on looking hot.

4. Chris Pine

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Chris Pine is totally the ultimate pin-up material: blue eyes, a chiseled face and luscious brown locks.

3. Lucky Blue Smith

Lucky Blue SmithLucky Blue Smith is seriously tall, loves animals and has blue eyes. Enough said.

2. Eddie Redmayne

#mancrushmonday obsessed with Eddie Redmayne ❤Eddie Redmayne looks like a gentleman, at all times and does a really fabulous job of it. His gentlemanly outlook in hotness is something to thank his English roots for because it’s such a unique thing – like a really good unique thing.

1. Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling is a dreamboat. And he’s masculine too. That’s a tough combination to work but Gosling does it brilliantly every single time.


Humphrey Bogart

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There isn’t a lot of actors in the world who can be as first-rate as the Hollywood legend that is Humphrey Bogart

Humphrey Bogart is a Hollywood icon – a box-office star, an Academy Award winner, and an actor whose personality is a stark contrast to the roles that made him a memorable presence on-screen. Bogart’s performances in movies such as The Maltese Falcon (1941) and Casablanca (1942) earned him widespread recognition but this wasn’t before his numerous struggles with acting.

Humphrey’s initial days as an actor involved being a part of the cast in drawing-room comedies (on Broadway), which most probably thankfully, in part fueled by good reviews, acted as a springboard to starring in Hollywood films. This is despite the fact that the Wall Street Crash of 1929 had managed to all of a sudden cut up the concept of stage production.

Humphrey was originally from New York and born into an affluent family – his mother was a suffragette and his father was a heart surgeon, who died in debt. Humphrey was (shockingly) brought up with this point of view that acting wasn’t what gentlemen do but nevertheless still decided to pursue it.

After obtaining a contract with a major production house of the time – Fox Film Corporation, Bogart went on to star in a very small range of films, such as Up the River (1930) and The Petrified Forest (1936). One of the primary contributors to Bogart’s tremendous breakthrough in Hollywood came with a movie which had, at first, almost cast George Raft (Scarface and Some Like It Hot) because he was a bigger actor than Bogart – The Maltese Falcon, a thrilling film about a private detective, Sam Spade, went to Bogart only after he declined the offer to star in it; almost instantly, the movie turned fortunes around for Bogart.

Bogart’s life was also peppered with various marriages, out of which the most famous was undoubtedly with Lauren Bacall. But it’s not his private life that managed to put him at the forefront of public consciousness on Hollywood – it’s his movies.

The African Queen (1951) had even given Bogart his first (and only) Academy Award: the movie followed a British missionary, Rose (Katharine Hepburn) and a Canadian boat captain, Charlie Allnut (Humphrey Bogart) in an East African village, mostly after the First World War has broken out – this is when the three African states Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda were united as German colonies, especially established to battle the ongoing slave trade.

The Ever-changing Romantic Perspective for Heartthrobs

The thought of chasing the news story about who heartthrobs are dating in the latest is like trying to keep up with the scores of your favourite game in the midst of a long drive, with the help of radio forecasts – you know it’s practically impossible because it changes so fast, and so soon, and you’ve got a car to drive. But, I’ll admit it, just like my favourite game, their love lives are still entertaining enough to catch, even during the busiest of days. In the latest of ‘who are the women that have managed to capture the hearts and minds of young hearthrobs’, there is Chris Evans, Justin Bieber, Leonardo DiCaprio and Chris Pine – well, stories that, I feel, are worth my time at least.

Chris Pine finds his perfect match in a far away land

There is so much more to Chris than just the amazing ‘Wonder Woman’ – there is also his latest romantic escapades. Having previously dated a string of famous women, his current romantic partner is a French actress, who was actually born in the African country, Algeria. They were first spotted rocking the music festival Coachella, where Chris was being, what would probably be looked upon by so many women, as the perfect guy, to his latest romantic squeeze (from France): he was being very understanding of her need to soak in the limelight but still maintained that typical romantic avatar of checking out his latest romantic interest, every now and then. So many hearts must have broken around the world at that new young romance, alone…

Justin Bieber’s still single…

Since Bieber and Selena Gomez, broke up the past year, the Canadian music artist has been cruising along, without a girlfriend just fine, save for the usual hookup stories in the rumour mills, which so far really highlight his probable affection for a dark-haired Brazilian model in her early twenties.

Leonardo DiCaprio is rumoured to be dating a brunette model (for a change)

Leonardo DiCaprio’s latest romantic interest seems to be another young model, yet again – she’s in her early twenties, she’s German and the two were spotted getting cozy over lunch in New York. This isn’t the first time DiCaprio has been linked to the young model but sadly, it all still seems to be in the rumours stage. DiCaprio was previously dating another blonde model, who he thought was “a very cool girl” – that’s hardly surprising! DiCaprio’s most recent ex-girlfriend was Danish and she was picked up from the streets to become a model despite lacking modelling experience – sounds very similar to how Rosie Huntington-Whiteley became a model. That episode soon acted as DiCaprio’s ex-girlfriend’s launchpad to Hollywood stardom, which brought her closer to DiCaprio and the infamous year-long relationship that reportedly only ended (as Leo’s friends were expecting it to) because Leo just wasn’t really ready to take it to another (higher) romantic level from their constant (and might I add, overbearing) display of PDAs.

Chris Evans: a different man in love?

Chris Evans recently broke up with his girlfriend and fellow star from the movie, Gifted but Chris continues to speak very fondly about his ex, even going so far as to describe her as a truthful lady, with a display of vulnerability and a woman who is disinterested in herself, in comparison to her level of interest in other people; Chris also mentioned that she was his favourite person in the whole world – figures! Given how much Chris unabashedly gushes over his ex-girlfriend, that’s hardly surprising.

It really all sounds like a very typical Hollywood romance that just turned into total dust, except for this: the young heartthrob recently decided to throw around a very odd compliment about his ex-girlfriend – that, in his personal life, there is nobody who “speaks English so greatly” as his actress-girlfriend does. Wow! I guess that’s what young love does to a man sometimes and I think that’s just what happened to Chris – it transformed Chris from the superhero image normally associated with him (thanks to Captain America) and into a very romantic young man; how perfect for his female fans!

Almost Married: Liam and Miley

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When I first read the ‘Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth story’, that the two got back together I thought that Liam had hit a brick wall in his life and that he is now at a phase where he feels like he wants to ruin his career with some bad decisions in life. I have never been a big fan of Miley Cyrus – I mean, I think she sings awful, and looks-wise I try to avoid looking at Miley Cyrus on the cover of every magazine as much as I can because with age, she seems to be getting worse in the beauty department, rather than aging gracefully.

I think Miley is maybe trying to milk her Hannah Montana days for all its worth because conventionally she isn’t pretty at all anymore, even though she is only twenty four. Miley also sings really, really bad these days and her performances on stage is very unpretty. I don’t feel that it is the right thing to do but that’s just my opinion regarding all of that – not every celeb sings well or looks that great or performs glamorously on stage, but still cruise along in Hollywood like that.

I think that one can say the same thing over and over again, or one can simply zen out from totally mental tinseltown celebs sometimes propping up on the cover of every magazine and gossip sheets – I always want to, and like to zen out because what are you gonna do? Celebs are going to act a little bit mad, I think it’s a part of the game sometimes with all of them, just because they are in the public eye.

Sometimes I think that some people have a thorough misunderstanding of hairstyles and which one looks good in the flesh and Miley Cyrus is a very good celebrity example of that. And it’s not just that: I mean Miley is known for her “wild” ways and they are more often than not, a total sight for sore eyes. I really don’t know what got into Liam actually that he decided to “romance” the American music artist once more. Miley is actually engaged to him again, despite Liam’s family disapproving of his romantic equation with her. That is just pure shocking that Liam doesn’t even listen to his family over “the subject of dating Miley Cyrus”!

Liam and Miley are instead talking about having a baby, already and adoption might be in the cards and you-won’t-believe-it, it may even be from Haiti, given Miley’s past track record of caring for children in the Caribbean state. Apparently, the couple have been on and off again for years but I seem to have missed it all. It had happened around 2010-2011 because the two began dating in March 2010 and Miley Cyrus reportedly even proclaimed in June 2010 that her Can’t Be Tamed music album was mostly scripted about her relationship with Liam. Liam never spoke about Miley actually once the two broke up in 2013 and now the two are dating again – I personally liked the romantic rumours circulating around Liam Hemsworth and Jennifer Lawrence more. I think it was a little bit along the lines of the Katy Perry and Orland Bloom romantic equation – it was inspiring, to say the least.

The Mystery with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley recently won the ‘Businesswoman of the Year’ award at Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year Awards. It was one of the biggest surprise wins: I was expecting to find people I had never heard of win but I guess Rosie managed to impress enough with her business acumen. She displayed it, at her best, for Marks & Spencer, for which she has designed numerous lingerie collections year after year. The collaboration ranks on the scale of ‘Topshop X Kate Moss’ somewhat because it has been there for so long but what is odd is that she actually has a directional approach to her business.

Rosie chose Marks & Spencer because she views it as a thoroughly British brand, recognized by almost everybody in the country – that is true because it is hard to escape the shopping experience in the British high street store for Brits. Fuelled by her love for vintage night-slips and lace boleros, and knowledge as a supermodel (having previously modeled for famed lingerie labels, such as Victoria’s Secret), Rosie’s contribution to the sales of lingerie at Marks & Spencer is noteworthy and it has even made her lose interest somewhat in modeling.

What does it really take to be a supermodel? How does one go about becoming one? Is it really any different from all other 9-to-5 jobs?

Rosie is inspired more these days in building her brand, conducting meetings, and piking an opinion on matters – it seems like such an early start for a British supermodel, who is really fresh from one long term collab. Granted she has done her homework in demonstrating that she can diversify her brand into offering cosmetics and as such but even then you can sense the uncontrolled eagerness in taking her brand to new heights. Having started out lighting people’s cigarettes as an intern at Profile Model Management, Rosie was suddenly picked up to be a catwalk model at sixteen. Rosie had to say goodbye to the classroom (and that God-awful internship experience IMO, peppered with humiliating tasks) for that, and went on to walk the ramp for DKNY and Ralph Lauren. I found it very strange how Rosie started out in modeling. There is no proper structure to the whole thing – what kind of potential did Rosie exhibit that made her standout amongst so many women around the world, who also probably had aspirations to be a supermodel just like Rosie?

It’s no joke. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley got picked up to be a supermodel because an agent simply saw she had potential to be a model, whilst she was interning and that also making coffee and carrying out other such scanty tasks, at the London-based modelling agency. There must have been something that impressed about Rosie for her to have that glittering modeling career but no clue as to what, and I have never been a fan of this lack-of-transparency-approach that surely props up in modeling. Having aspirations to be a model is certainly a grand thing but I think a certain level of transparency should be exhibited by supermodels, who should behave responsibly because at the end of the day, modeling is still a job, that brings home your bread, even though it is in the public eye.

Models start out by going to modeling agencies, preparing a great portfolio of modeling-materials and then depending on how much they can impress on their skills, an ordinary girl goes on to become a catwalk model or model for magazines, such as Harper’s Bazaar. It is all great that Rosie likes to have a directional approach to her brand – for cosmetics, which is aptly called ‘Rosie for Autograph’, she uses her familiarities with make-up as a supermodel to craft an enormous 51-piece palette, and she has also decorated the container with rose-gold touches. But when it comes to being a supermodel, I don’t feel Rosie should be regarded as a role model. Doutzen Kroes, started out by following the conventional standard of what it takes to become a model, and I feel that women like Kroes are far more inspiring than Rosie, and her non-transparent mystery as a supermodel.

Gigi Hadid & Zayn Malik: The New IT Couple

When two worlds collide in romance, what is a girl to do? Let’s just imagine…

My first memory of Gigi Hadid is perhaps that photo shoot she did for Vogue, where she recreated Anna Wintour’s first ever Vogue cover, adding a youth angle to it. That is one of my all-time favourite magazine covers from the ’80s, so to see it get recreated featuring Gigi was a truly insane experience. Gigi, is without a doubt, an up-and-coming model, having been cited as a rookie by Sport’s Illustrated (2014), referenced as “Fashion’s Popular Girl”, and also because she has walked the ramp for brands such as Chanel and Max Mara. Fashion aside, the 21-year-old model is also known to make waves with her dating life: Gigi has dated music artist Cody Simpson (and even starred in his music video) and Joe Jonas (off the Jonas Brothers), in the past. I don’t remember much catching either of those two romantic episodes on the gossip waves, I have to admit, but I do vaguely remember Jonas’ infamous romance with Taylor Swift (Gigi’s BFF), back in 2008.

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Gigi has been photographed an awful late with Zayn Malik, these days. I remember checking out Zayn’s single “Pillowtalk” (from his debut solo album “Mind of Mine”) after he quit One Direction, and I don’t count it as music I want to really have around. Zayn, shockingly, quit One Direction because he wanted to exchange his celebrity life with something more ordinary – the news broke at the heels of the 23-year-old taking a hiatus from a touring episode with the band, owing to stress. But apart from that, the only time I have noticed him in the press was when he was photographed with Gigi Hadid. If reports are to be believed, then Gigi and Zayn, are going very strong, despite the public “breakup-and-makeup-and-breakup-and-makeup”. Gigi and Zayn fought regularly on her birthday, they have had troubles over correspondence and accommodating each other in their lives. During breakup, Gigi is known to grow sad, and she has moments in her life when she yearns for Zayn because of their formerly close relationship, and attempts to rework the relationship another time.

The last time I had read about such a fuss happening over Zayn Malik’s private life was when he was engaged to Perrie Edwards. Zayn and Perri broke off the engagement late last year, after dating for four years but rumours are circulating that one of the singles from his album is about Perrie. It’s titled “iT’s YoU” and the music video stars a blonde Balenciaga model, sporting thick black eyeliner or wearing a bikini, and the music video is rumored to be Zayn’s reflective thoughts over the breakup. But that’s all in the past now, and clearly the absurd “triangle” never appealed to me much, without Gigi thrown into the angle: it must be a very hurtful experience to have your boyfriend proclaim all this publicly about his ex, when Gigi does not shy away from displaying a whole lot of PDA, with Zayn. She has filled in the breakup spaces, with a greater amount of candour in her conversations with Zayn and apparently breakups in the two’s relationship are fueled by intolerable lies by Zayn. I think the two make an interesting-enough couple to constantly read about when hungry for gossip, but apart from that, it looks very atypical Hollywood romance for Gigi, to me: short-lived, (suddenly) confused and filled with too many adjustments – I’m really a big fan of not one of those types of romances there!

Condé Nast & His Magazines

The life and times of the man behind major publications, such as Vogue, Vanity Fair and House & Garden

When I hear of the name Condé Nast, more than a visionary man, what comes alive in my memory are the publications he nurtured during his lifetime, from Vogue to Vanity Fair. But I knew he was a man because I have been a faithful subscriber of fashion magazines practically my whole life. Upon Nast’s sudden (and untimely) death in 1942, The New York Times described him as a creative person who knew how to use printing to catapult himself and a civilisation into a certain shade of greatness. Vogue, one of the foremost fashion magazines of today, was a dying weekly back in 1909 – the time when Nast chose to purchase it. The 24-page weekly was to be a class act in Nast’s mind; it was to be a publication that breathed life into what is fashionable for that particular era. All his life, Nast was the subject of intense competition from fashion magazines that held very little fame for too long but had a huge liberated audience to enjoy it, and also financial loses because of the Great Depression.

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Vogue was good with promotions, Nast’s enormous parties were both classy and meant business, and Vogue was the first publication to have double-page colour printing. In 1914, Vogue crossed the Atlantic even though there was a world war to think about. WWI had actually raised sales figures but then the business sadly got dented as shipping (sans the absolutely vital ones) were banned from the United States of America to Great Britain. Nast surprisingly was one of those revolutionaries who always believed in his own work. So, rather than abandon the success Vogue was garnering across the Atlantic, Nast created British Vogue; this helped to keep afloat the injections of British fashion influence on Vogue itself, somewhat and with so much success at his feet, Nast purchased House & Garden (1915), launched Vanity Fair (1913) and bought himself a penthouse in Park Avenue, on the 86th Street.

Born in 1873 in New York City, Condé Nast was the third child for William, who left his family for Europe. His mother, Esther was left without an income, as a result, and so had to move her family from New York City to St Louis, a town where she had grown up in. Nast, was a bashful, Catholic boy, who grew up to be an enormous advocate for women, filled with bountiful amounts of charm. It is so strange to hear about Condé Nast growing into a man, with a passion for bettering women’s lives. His profound desire to charm women, which sits on the side of that, is deep-rooted in the lifetime of affection he had for Esther. It’s all speculative talk if that desire came from his personal experiences but its rather odd (and rare) in the Nast family.

Wilhelm Nast, Condé’s grandfather, is the founder of German Methodism in the United States of America, and it is a religious faction demanding dutiful dedication. His son, William Nast, was keen on sophisticated European tastes, fine tastes, luxury and fashion. Condé went from the countryside back to his hometown to create Vogue, when he was only 36 years old. This was the roaring twenties so the shock to see an episode like that unfolding is very difficult to fathom but hear the story out: Condé’s spinster aunt once appeared in Missouri, with the desire to put one of Esther’s two boys through college. Condé beat Louis at it with the help of his vegetable garden patch because it had managed to impress his aunt with its tidiness and orderly upkeeping. His aunt then put Condé through Georgetown, where he got lucky and met Robert Collier, of Collier’s Weekly. Because of the two’s friendship, in 1900, Nast earned a job as an advertising manager in the infamous publication.

At Collier’s Weekly, Condé managed to rake in profits for advertising substantially and he was living and breathing “the successful dream”. Nast, in his early days in publishing had acquired plenty of experience with Collier’s Weekly, in both the publishing industry and economics. With Vogue, as such, Condé was never interested in mass circulation because it necessarily wasn’t going to evolve into a profiting venture. And it was so hard to do that as well, with women’s magazines dominating in numbers for markets for readers who were fast feeling the effects of freedom. When Condé managed to buy that house in Park Avenue, it resembled his tastes enormously: it was a duplex penthouse, where the ballroom fronted 18th Century Chinese wallpaper. Condé’s whole life inside that house evoked sentiments from his magazines, be it House & Garden or Vanity Fair. Parties of the roaring twenties meant flowers, waiters, rearranging furniture, people being sent off to spend the night in a local hotel, and guests such as Fred Astaire, Cecil Beaton and the Marx Brothers. His parties from this era (1925 – 1942) often got into conversations within the spaces of the two major wars.

Tall enough at 5ft 8in, Condé was often spotted in a three-piece suit and (probably) a starched collared shirt. Condé was always a kind and quiet figure, more interested in having a successful party, than the glamour of the party. But when the Wall Street crash happened, Condé lost his empire: in the night dated October 1929, stocks for Condé plummeted from $93 to $4.50 but he never mentioned any of this to the society he would be close to. The final decade of his life was spent at the top of his company but he no longer owned it and it was a secret Condé kept from the world. Since in Great Britain, the Depression hadn’t managed to hurt as much as in America, British Vogue weathered the storm better. This convinced press magnate Lord Camrose to lend $1mn to Condé to purchase back most of the publication’s shares. After his death, the Newhouse family bought Condé’s company, and even though it was hurtful to lose Vogue, Condé always believed that his magazines were so much more than mediocre hardships and that his whole life wasn’t really about throwing one extravagant party after another, but that it was really publishing.