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Michael Phelps Has a Speedo Soak for Louis Vuitton: PHOTO

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Michael Phelps soaks up his post-Olympics glory in the bath for Louis Vuitton, in a campaign shot by Annie Leibovitz.

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  1. That body is not good enough to make up for that face. He is a male butter-face. Cool picture by Leibovitz though.

    Posted by: Michael | Aug 13, 2012 9:47:47 AM


  2. LV should swap him with Ryan Lochte.

    Posted by: Chaz | Aug 13, 2012 9:53:42 AM


  3. He's not bad looking. But why oh why do people not get their damn teeth fixed....Look at my expensive clothes...with my snaggle tooth smile!

    Posted by: QJ201 | Aug 13, 2012 9:54:00 AM


  4. The best swimmer.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Aug 13, 2012 9:58:12 AM


  5. He looks great, in a boy-next-door kind of way which I def appreciate. The editorial narrative is hard to swallow, though. I see phelps happy with his adidas bag

    Posted by: Munro | Aug 13, 2012 10:14:05 AM


  6. This is the first photo of Phelps that makes him look really hot. Not surprising that Annie was the one who took the shot.

    Posted by: Jack M | Aug 13, 2012 10:19:19 AM


  7. He has an incredible body, which is not apparent when he has on clothes. This is the best picture I have ever seen of him by far.

    Posted by: Luke | Aug 13, 2012 10:24:52 AM


  8. The butter face comments are so stupid - he is super hot and good looking

    Posted by: John | Aug 13, 2012 10:51:33 AM


  9. You guys are nasty.

    The guy is the most decorated Olympiad of all time and you trash his appearance. Gimme a break.

    On the upside, I hope smaller suits on the beach will finally catch on in the States. Why do people swim & sun w/ those enormous board shorts?!

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | Aug 13, 2012 10:52:59 AM


  10. I think he is extremely cute, but then again I like goofy looking tall guys and turn up my nose at the pretty boys with way too much product in their hair

    Posted by: say what | Aug 13, 2012 10:55:54 AM


  11. "most-decorated Olympiad" is an apples-to-oranges comparison since it's not possible for athletes is different sports to compete in as many events as swimmers do (e.g., decathletes)!

    the NBC commentator discussed this last night. very informative!

    so, alas: "most-decorate Olympic swimmer" would be an accurate, much more meaningful phrase.

    Posted by: redball | Aug 13, 2012 11:02:33 AM


  12. All Olympic swimmers have great bodies; Phelps' face is OK-looking, but not classically handsome.

    Still, it would be nice if a man of accomplishment could just once be admired on a gay blog for his accomplishments rather than being objectified in typical fashion. Fat chance of that, huh?

    @PETE N SFO You ask: "Why do people swim & sun w/ those enormous board shorts?!"

    My question to you would be whether you really would like to see most men in Speedos....or just the handful that are really hot in them? I think most Americans--including gay men--are thankful that they do not have to go to the beach and see overweight, balding Grandpa in speedos the way one does in France. The more such individuals are covered, the better, given the grossness factor.

    But if you could limit Speedo-wearing to hot, young studs with beautiful bodies, then, yeah, I think you would get some agreement.


    Posted by: Rick | Aug 13, 2012 11:04:09 AM


  13. he looks hot. they should have included his feet.

    Posted by: lookbig | Aug 13, 2012 11:14:36 AM


  14. I don't think there is necessarily a ratio of gold medals:good looks.

    Posted by: Perry | Aug 13, 2012 11:18:50 AM


  15. Redball the black racist is just annoyed that a white guy is considered the greatest Olympian of all time, in case someone was wondering about his motives.

    Posted by: Rick | Aug 13, 2012 11:22:09 AM


  16. Why do I think that the more negative comments here are probably written by some of the most god-awful trolls?

    Michael Phelps looks fine, boys. To each his own. What is one person's ideal doesn't have to be another's, but the negativity?

    I'd say these Towleroad trolls should crawl back under the bridges they came from.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Aug 13, 2012 11:26:50 AM


  17. "...annoyed that a white guy is considered the greatest Olympian of all time"

    Didn't happen in Berlin in 1936. It aint happened yet, Adolf Junior.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Aug 13, 2012 11:28:32 AM


  18. These "male butter-face" comments piss me off. For one thing, taste in physical beauty is always subjective. It seems hard for anyone to deny that he has a beautiful physique, and I think he is quite good-looking too (more so, on both accounts, than Ryan Lochte. But that's just my personal opinion; see how that works)?

    Second, photos of Jack Macenroth (the one-time Project Runway contestant) popped up a month or so ago, you might remember. Beefcake photos of him in swimsuits and underwear, some with his entire ass showing.

    There were some blog comments that maybe his physique was steroid-enhanced; that he was Photoshopped to look younger, etc.

    And, lord, all hell broke loose. All of a sudden the comments were pouring in that WE SHOULD ALL BE SUPPORTIVE of Jack Macenroth; why must the gays eat their own, etc.

    I thought then, regardless of what one thinks of Jack Macenroth (and, incidentally, if you have pictures taken like that and put them out for public dissemination, it is, at a minimum, naive not to expect them to be critiqued), that if they had been photos of a straight male celebrity, that gay guys would be the first ones to rip them to shreds (see above "butter face" and "teeth fixed" comments.

    Posted by: Chris | Aug 13, 2012 11:44:55 AM


  19. RICK, you KKK m'f'er...stop projecting

    Posted by: redball | Aug 13, 2012 11:52:33 AM


  20. also, RICK, you missed the actual substance of my comment in your obsessive ridiculous race-baiting. TROLL!!!

    Posted by: redball | Aug 13, 2012 11:57:17 AM


  21. my 1st comment, this time from my proofreader:


    "most-decorated Olympiad" is an apples-to-oranges comparison since it's not possible for athletes in different sports to compete in as many events as swimmers do (e.g., decathletes)!

    the NBC commentator discussed this last night. very informative!

    so, alas: "most-decorated Olympic swimmer" (not "Olympiad") would be an accurate, much more meaningful phrase.

    Posted by: redball | Aug 13, 2012 11:59:48 AM


  22. I think they photoshopped his torso to make it look shorter than it really is.

    Posted by: Gabe R L | Aug 13, 2012 12:13:32 PM


  23. @Pete in SFO - they're jealous. Also, judging people primarily by some kind of "ideal" that just looks plastic is a hold over from the old self hating gays - they'll either let it go and enjoy their lives and be happy for the success of others while finding their own unique beauty or they'll continue comparing themselves to everyone else and feeling alternately (and falsely) superior and (perhaps just as falsely) inadequate.

    Posted by: Jon Mitchell | Aug 13, 2012 12:29:41 PM


  24. Who cares? Everything he does is about $$$, not that he is different from many in our narcissistic money obsessed culture.

    What is it with this "butterface" term and young male gays? The origin is heterosexual as in "But-her-face!". Why use it apart from the fact that your generation is vocabulary challenged, (Do you know a positive adjective other than "awesome"?). I'm no dairy industry lobbyist but stop trashing a perfectly good (in moderation) product.

    Posted by: Contrarian | Aug 13, 2012 12:54:56 PM


  25. "Who cares? Everything he does is about $$$"

    You have got to be kidding, man. Do you seriously believe that when he started swimming when he was an 8-year-old boy and devoted himself for decades to grueling physical workouts for hours a day, day after day, for years.....without any assurance that he would become a superstar celebrity (which is unlikely in the extreme for any swimmer)....that he was just doing it for the money?

    Unbelievable comment.

    Posted by: Rick | Aug 13, 2012 1:19:12 PM


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