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Sexy Men at Work

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SEXIEST MODEL

Parker Hurley, 28

As seen in GQ and Men’s Health.

He’s already posed for high-profile men’s mags, but Hurley’s dream gig is something far more personal. “I would like to do a photo shoot that focuses on my tattoos, because they are my art,” says the model, who plans to get more ink. “It’s a big part of who I am.”

SEXIEST SCIENTIST || Hendrik Streeck, 37

Section Chief at the U.S. Military HIV Research Program.

When he’s not researching HIV, the D.C.-based doc has a romantic side: Once he and his partner were canoodling on a beach when a storm struck. “We didn’t realize it was pouring!”

SEXIEST ARTIST || Javier Gomez, 34

Abstract photographer who has had exhibitions in Paris, Tokyo and Monaco.

Born in Panama and based in New York City, Gomez sees sexiness all around us. In fact, one recent project was called “Sensual Nature,” a collection of plants and flowers photographed “to show their femininity. They’re very sensual.” Gomez also isn’t afraid of going au naturel. “I really like to be naked. I sleep naked, I cook naked, I’m always naked,” the (single!) artist says. “I never have roommates for that reason.”

SEXIEST WRITER

Terrance Hayes, 43

Poet; winner of a 2014 MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant.

“I started writing poetry to try and get girls when I was in middle school,” says the author. But Hayes, who’s also a professor at the University of Pittsburgh, had to find another way to woo his wife, Yona Harvey. “She’s a writer as well, so it’s a pretty high standard.” And the sexiest word, in his expert opinion? “‘You’ is good—addressing someone is pretty sexy.”

SEXIEST CHEF || Marc Murphy, 45

Judge on Food Network’s Chopped.

The owner of four restaurants, Murphy has made many meals in his career. But what’s the sexiest entrée he’s ever prepared? “I made the perfect roast chicken for my wife Pamela’s mother, and she absolutely loved it,” says the Manhattan-based chef. “I think that sealed the deal for me with the parents, which then turned into sexy, so to speak.”

SEXIEST BEAST CHARMER || Evan Antin, 29

Exotic-animal vet at California’s Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital. The animal expert has traveled the world wrestling crocodiles, wrangling cobras and staring down a bull hippo. Now he’s settled down in Thousand Oaks, Calif., where he’s developed a soft spot for cuddlier creatures. “I like working with baby raccoons—they’re really fun and cute.”

SEXIEST TEACHER

Nicholas Ferroni, 35

Education-reform activist named one of the 100 most influential people in America.

While the Union, N.J., high school history teacher finds time to advocate for public education reform and mentor underprivileged youth, his dating life has taken a backseat. “I date great girls, and they fall in love with me because I’m so passionate about what I do. But then they break up with me for what I do,” he says. “I’m so committed to my students that I can’t give as much time as they would like.”