(Photo courtesy of Cosmopolitan)Hellooooo, Mr. Arizona, Eric Schroeder!
We do a lot of really tough things in the name of fashion—yoga with supermodels
and Wii-playing with Olympic athletes
comes to mind—well, last night, we went behind-the-scenes at the Cosmopolitan
Bachelor of the Year Party to find out what happens when you put 52 really, really hot dudes in a room full of single ladies. Oh, and an open bar.
The event was, in one word, Epic. (With a capital "E.")
When we first arrived on the scene, all the bachelors were tucked away in a back room, eating tons (and we mean tons) of pizza—without a care whatsoever that they were about to bare their abs in front of hundreds of drooling women.
Also, every single guy was clad in the same black V-neck—each bearing the name of the state they represented. It actually kind of felt like we were on the set of Mr. America. (Do pageant dudes eat pizza?)All the guys got together for a photo op before the party. How cute!
Intrigued by how impossibly handsome these guys were, we pulled a few aside for one-on-ones to ask them really hard-hitting questions like "Why are you so ridiculously good-looking?" and "What's your #1 must-have beauty product?" (This is important, ya'll, some of those men had some seriously incredible hair.)
For Mr. Texas, Don Vaughn, a 25-year-old neuroscientist, it's all about the grooming, or uh, "manscaping" in the words of Cosmo
"I try to strike a balance between natural and groomed," he said. "I mean, girls like it when a guy is groomed. I'll trim to make sure my facial hair is not overgrown and ridiculously long, and my chest hair and whatever, but I still want to keep a little bit of my manliness."
Last night, he had a bit of a 10 o'clock shadow that, let's just say, suited him well.Texas and New Hampshire
You can probably guess that pizza isn't exactly in these guys' usual daily diets—cookies either.
"My roomies, if I ever ate a cookie, would gather around and take pictures of it," said Mr. New Hampshire, John "JJ" Romano, a 22-year-old electrical-engineering grad student. "Yeah, if I ever eat dessert, they freak out."
And the #1 have-to-have beauty product as deemed by the Cosmo
bachelors is—can you guess?—drumroll please... deodorant! A very manly answer, no?
As for our absolute favorite secret for looking really, really good, though? "Smiling," said Mr. Minnesota, Devin Saxon, a 22-year-old pre-MBA student. "Smiling a lot." For the record, his smile kind of made us melt. Just look at those pearly whites!
Alas, there could only be one winner—unless you count my friends, who later hit up the clubs with a handful of bachelors (lucky them)—and the night culminated with a final contestant showdown on a makeshift runway. Really. You can't make stuff like this up.
All 52 guys strutted their stuff on the stage, some showcasing hidden talents—like karate kicking?—some stripping and throwing T-shirts into the crowd, and one guy even pulled a stuffed bunny rabbit out of his pants. (No, that's not a euphemism for something else... that actually happened.)
But in the end, the Cosmopolitan
Bachelor of the Year (and the recipient of a whopping $10,000 check) was...
Mr. Louisana—25-year-old lawyer Ryan Chenevert!
Like what you see? Check out all 52 smoking hot dudes (plus the amazing Kate Upton
!) in the November issue of Cosmopolitan
, on newsstands now!
Can you believe the guys did a runway walkoff? Which bachelor is your fave? If this reporter didn't have a boyfriend (earmuffs, babe!) she might just have given Mr. Minnesota her number. Sing your praises for these fine fellas in the comments below!