Many people grow up struggling with body-image issues, no matter how confident or ~cool~ they may look. With the standards we see in the media, it would be impossible not to have some insecurities — even for young men.
Believe it or not, The Try Guys weren't always the self-possessed, often half-naked dudes you've come to know today.
ZACH: "Growing up, I thought I was too pudgy — I didn't want to take my shirt off at the pool. Now that I'm an adult, I think I'm too thin and scrawny. It's hard sometimes to not look at the people around you and feel less than."
NED: "What I think makes men attractive is athleticism. I have a scar that goes up my knee, was in the hospital for like two weeks, and was recovering for months. I resent the fact that it's made me weaker."
They struggled with figuring out who they are and how to deal with their bodies in their own unique ways. (Yes, even Eugene.)
KEITH: "I am proportioned like a skinny person but I have no muscles... Instead, I just have fat there. I'm always in sleeves that go all the way to my elbow because then that covers up parts of my body where there's supposed to be muscle definition."
EUGENE: "I grew up in an environment where I was beat up a lot and made fun of — I was kind of told every day that I was ugly. And then, being Korean, I was also told that I could always be improving how I look. One wouldn't expect me to have a lot of issues about me, when I'm just riddled with body insecurities."
So, each guy picked a famous image they personally felt was #BodyGoals and re-created it with the help of a professional hair, makeup, photo, and retouching team. Because "perfection" doesn't come easy, y'all.
Zach wanted to recreate this iconic Calvin Klein underwear ad featuring Justin Bieber.
Eugene wanted to channel his inner ~magic~ and re-create a photo of Channing Tatum as Magic Mike from the Magic Mike XXL poster.
And Ned had a hard challenge ahead of him, hoping to re-create a picture of one of his football idols, Cristiano Ronaldo, in an Armani underwear ad.
Let the transformations begin!
The guys had a tough time figuring out how to be sexy. And tbh, modeling is no easy feat.
Turns out that "effortless" look isn't effortless at all.
"I look huggable... He looked fuckable."