The BENCH underwear show has become the ultimate unveiling of our country’s most genetically superior. This parade of raging abdominals and meticulously groomed body hair is the cream of the half-naked crop. But amid such fantasy, forgotten are the show’s realities.
To accomplish the sexiest of nights, a series of whole-day castings are held. Countless aspirants wait around in a cold room with nothing but their underwear on. Hottie hopefuls are asked to walk for judges once, twice, and then aren’t even offered that crucial callback.
In an attempt to capture the anxiety before the allure, photographer JL Javier braved a day of BENCH go-sees and shot the body-beautiful and the damned. Consider this the truth behind “The Naked Truth.”