Ben, 23, Royal Navy Officer Cadet
“Worrying about your body is a waste of time. Trying to stay fit and healthy is always good – you should look after your body – but also be confident in what it is; everyone has their own insecurities and life is too short not to love what you have.”
Do you follow a strict diet?
Not at all. I have recently been trying to eat fewer carbs and more vegetables and protein, but I have no strict rules about it.
Do you have any guilty pleasures?
I have two. Ben, and Jerry’s.
Who’s your ideal man?
Paul Walker (of fast and furious fame) and/or Charlie (one of the resident DJs at KU bar, London): it’s the piercing blue eyes, cute smile, dusty blond hair and toned athletic build – basically better versions of me!
Do you take selfies?
Yes, I have an expressive face, and I like showing off where I am when I’m travelling – though if I am ever with someone I would rather they take the photo of me to make it look more ‘natural’
Do you feel comfortable naked?
Yes – I have no problem being naked around people, but only if those people are also comfortable with my nudity – I’m too polite to be an exhibitionist!
Are you happy with how you look and would you change anything about your appearance?
I am fairly happy, although I would like to put on more muscle and definition, which is probably quite standard!
Do you think the gay community puts pressure on gay guys to ‘look good’?
Yes, but I don’t think the pressure is too great – looking good in this context often means in my experience dressing well and styling to your strengths – but of course there should be no pressure at all in an ideal world.
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