ONCE UPON A TIME, THERE WERE A LITTLE OLD WOMAN AND A LITTLE OLD MAN WHO LIVED IN A LITTLE COTTAGE NEAR THE RIVER. THE LITTLE OLD WOMAN AND THE LITTLE OLD MAN WHERE HUNGRY SO THE LITTLE OLD WOMAN DECIDED TO BAKE A GINGERBREAD MAN. SHE MADE A BIG BATCH OF GINGERBREAD DOUGH, THEN ROLLED IT FLAT AND CUT IT IN THE SHAPE OF A GINGERBREAD MAN.
She gave him raisins for eyes, a cinnamon drop for a mouth and chocolate chips for buttons. Then she put the gingerbread man in the oven to bake. When the gingerbread man was done, the little old woman opened the oven door, but before she could take him out, the gingerbread man umped up and ran through the kitchen and out of the cottage, screaming: “Don’t eat me!” But how could one resist…
The gingerbread man ran into the garden and passed a cow, a pig and then a horse. They all wanted to eat him but the gingerbread man was too fast for them and outrun them, chanting “Run, run as fast as you can. You can't catch me, I'm the gingerbread man.” Eventually he arrived at the river but didn’t know how to swim. There he encountered a hungry fox who offered him passage. So the gingerbread man jumped on his tail and the fox began to swim. Since foxes are sly by nature and since this story needed an end somehow, the gingerbread man eventually ended up being eaten by the fox and that was the end of him.
The gingerbread man tale is an old folk tale, first written down in 1875 but dating from even before that. For one reason or the other, it made it became associated with the Holiday season, that most wonderful time of the year, though I can’t imagine what is so wonderful about being eaten alive. I do suspect however, that it is the taste and the smell of fresh baked gingerbread that earned the story its place among Christmas tales. But if you connect the story with an incredible sexy ginger male model – someone like Steven Di Costa for example - who has no reservations going commando in front of a photographers lens, the story starts to look very different. All of a sudden I start seeing different images while reading the gingerbread man couldn’t be taken by a horse or a pig and eventually jumped on the tail of a fox. Naughty? No more than the gingerbread man running around teasing that you can’t eat him I think. Like I said, how could one resist.
Of course you remember Steven Di Costa. How could you not. He graced our cover in April, and today he’s back, sexier then ever, in this photo set by Oxford based photographer Andrew Bowman. Steven Di Costa. A flame haired masculine Adonis with a fantastic personality and true talent. Half Australian, half Italian he is an incredible handsome man with a beautiful physique and some truly stunning photos in his portfolio. Steven moved to the United Kingdom when he was 18 and has since lived partly in London and in Paris, France. A neuroscientist who occasionally stands in front of the camera, sometimes with his clothes on. Not in Andy’s shoot though.
“The nearest we came to clothes were the clothes he arrived in plus a couple of t-shirts, green and blue, which I thought complimented his red hair perfectly,” Andrew Bowman comments on his work with Steven Di Costa. “It was a strictly no pants shoot (pants in UK = underpants in US), genitalia proudly on display. We did add a few props like ropes and chains and a discrete bunch of green flowers, again to contrast with his hair.” If Andy added the props to distract our eyes from Steven, he has utterly failed. But that is a failure we can easily live with. Andy Bowman’s Steven Di Costa is this years BeautifulMag gingerbread man, and not only because the color of his hair. He is simply irresistibly delicious. –BM-
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