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Even more disturbing than the professional pics of new dads snuggling naked with their babies comes another cringe-worthy craze: the dudeoir photo shoot.
Clearly a play on the pose-naked-with-your-gal-pals boudoir trend, dudeoir sessions let guys embrace their inner beefcake and are attracting straight and gay men alike.
To get a sense of what the images are like, envision still frames from The Bachelor. Cue Sean Lowe sudsing up in the shower or a close-up of Jake Pavelka’s pecs as he runs shirtless -- always shirtless -- down the beach. Although somehow, if it’s even possible, much cornier.
The New York Post reports that men often come in for the $500-and-up shoot as a gift for their wives or girlfriends. But sometimes, it’s just pure vanity: They work hard for their bodies and want to show them off. As NYC-based dudeoir photographer Catherine Leonard put it, “they’re young and ripped and proud of it.” Then, she says, there are also the George Costanza types who disrobe as a gag, albeit a highly expensive one.
When IT worker Kiran Paul (aka Turban Daddy) received a dudeoir shoot as a gift, he reveled in the cheesiness of it and decided to channel Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell’s character in Anchorman) for his close up. The final result: Him sitting on a red velvet couch in a turban, a white button down shirt, and nothing else.
Another image of Paul posing naked with an inflatable dolphin now graces his business cards. Uh, you’re hired?
Whereas some dudes keep their images private for their own viewing (creepy), others like to put their sexpot shots on Facebook or online dating profile (um, creepier). If there’s one thing guys haven’t learned yet, it’s that women aren’t attracted to guys who are super concerned about their figures (see The Situation).
Some guys reason that -- in the age of sexting -- if naked selfies are going to be leaked via Twitter, it’s better to have it be a tastefully done, professional image that we women would in no way make fun of. At all. Ever.
George Costanza photo courtesy of Etsy Seller ArtKeepSake