After a four-month selection process, 26 of our gentlemen received calls to tell them that they had been selected to take part this year in Singapore's longest-running and most prestigious men's pageant. Not a few of them were in disbelief as they found themselves added to a Whatsapp group for the finalists and organizers. Thus the journey begins!
Our 10 Senior Manhunt and 16 Manhunt Singapore finalists gathered on 8 March 2014 at the Beam Artistes office for a first meeting with each other, the Manhunt organizing team and some of the sponsors.
Beam Artistes Managing Director and Manhunt Singapore Organizer Samuel Seow introduced the history of Manhunt Singapore and for what it stands, following which Artiste Manager Kelvin Lee explained the Manhunt pageant process and what our gentlemen were to expect in the next few months. Our 26 gentlemen then introduced themselves briefly in a quick 'getting-to-know-you' round, before body measurements were taken. These are, of course, essential for making sure trunks and clothes fit, and our hunks will be remeasured at various points over the next few months as we can be sure their bodies will change as they put on muscle and get lean.
To their surprise, there was a first photo shoot by Herbert Julian (Ambassador / Founding Member / Fashion Photographer at JUSTPROUD and Founder/Lead Photographer at JWalking Studio Photography), to form a series of 'First Look' photographs, as a sort of Day Zero record, to which we can compare how everyone looks at the end of the Manhunt transformation process. This is a new thing, for in previous years the first look was always the official photoshoots.
So it was that as we all had lunch, they came out one by one to have their photographs taken in the reception area of the Beam office, transformed into a photography studio for a day. Many of our boys were very excited, as this was their first ever shoot by a professional photographer. No coaxing of smiles was needed on this happy occasion, so all those smiles you see in these pictures are entirely genuine and unforced.
What you don't see in these pictures is how the boys were cheering and encouraging each other on as their photographs were being taken, but you can almost feel it in the excitement on their faces.
So, what do you think of this First Look? We expect the final product to be even more awesome as the boys get buff and lean, polished and poised over the next few months. Stay with us!
Manhunt Singapore 2014 First Look at the Top 26 (08 Mar 2014)
Photo Credits:Beam Artistes
Herbert JulianJUSTPROUD (Ambassador / Founding Member / Fashion Photographer)
JWalking Studio Photography (Founder/Lead Photographer)