Hot, single, looking for a job he can love List: Md.'s Kevin Brooks hopes a date with Hollywood follows Cosmopolitan beefcake issue.

July 07, 1998|By M. Dion Thompson | M. Dion Thompson,SUN STAFF

Hey, Kevin Brooks, you've been named the No. 1 one single man in Maryland. You're good-looking. You're available. And now all 2.5 million readers of Cosmopolitan magazine -- impulse buyers included -- have your mailing address.

So, how does it feel to be guy eye-candy? Are you psyched? Are you pumped?

Brooks, 22, of Perry Hall, is nonchalant. He is not psyched. He's too Baltimore for that. He modestly calls his selection "a privilege and an honor.

"I hope that this will get my face known out there and it will provide me something," he says, thinking of his future.

You might have seen him in ads for Tommy Hilfiger, Nautica or Bugle Boy, those being some of the clients he has worked for through Nova Models. You might have even seen him on the streets. He grew up in Hamilton, went to St. Michael's Elementary School, then Calvert Hall. He graduated from Towson University, where he majored in exercise physiology.

Now, he could be on the brink of big changes, or more of the 20-something life. It all depends on the response to page 61 of Cosmopolitan's special summer 1998 issue, now on newsstands.

It's the magazine's "All About Men" issue. Men are everywhere. Men pouting. Men giving you the come-hither look. Men with jewel-like droplets of water beading on their ripped abs. Men with puppies, an unbeatable combination that taps into the frisson of sex and the gooey side of the maternal instinct. In this issue, there's a six-pack on nearly every page. And a bare set of buns on one. It all brings to mind the Weather Girls, disco divas from a few years back, and their anthemic shout: "It's raining men! Hallelujah!"

Brooks, also a personal trainer, ended up in "All About Men" after Cosmopolitan put out a call in its February issue: "Help! Cosmo's on a manhunt!" Nova Models responded with a packet. Then Cosmopolitan called Brooks.

Cosmo flew a photographer down to take his picture in a black pull-over shirt (non form-fitting) and jeans. His comments run with his picture. He likes crabs, considers himself honest and is turned off by smoking and bad language. If stranded on a desert island he would take "my best friend, the Bible, and exercise equipment."

Last week, Cosmo flew him up to New York for a whirlwind tour and what he says was "a small taste of what it's like to be a celebrity." He showed up on "The View," which you may not have heard of, but which happens to be a top-rated TV talk show in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. There were spots on "The Today Show," "CBS This Morning," the E! channel and "Extra!" He even met Billy Bob Thornton, of "Sling Blade"/"Armageddon" fame, and Richard Simmons, the inspired doyen of dieting and cheerleading.

"The experience was just incredible," says Brooks. "Hopefully, I'll get some positive feedback. That's what I'm looking for. I'm not really looking for a date from this."

Wait a minute! Not looking for a date? Do the folks at Cosmo know this? Isn't "America's Most Wanted (Men, That Is)" supposed to be a glossy, four-color ISO ad? "We've done the legwork; all you have to do is pick up a pen," says the accompanying blurb.

Legions of readers are probably scribbling away right now, sending Brooks and the other hunks offers of love, marriage, wild nights to remember forever, por vida, in aeternum. Then again, maybe no one will write.

Dave Desmarais, 40, of Hamilton, has been in the hot-single spotlight. A couple of years ago, Baltimore magazine named him one of the city's 20 most eligible bachelors. "When it first came out I got a lot of attention focused my way," he says. "A lot of people tried to set me up."

The spotlight quickly moved on, says Desmarais, who owns a dry-cleaning business. Perhaps it was the photograph, which he says was "one of the worst pictures I've ever had taken of me. I know my limitations pretty well but that was not my best picture."

Still, he was flattered to make the cut. And some of the old celebrity lingers. "When I'm out with friends, I still get introduced as, 'Did you know Dave was one of the 40 most eligible people in Baltimore?' " he says. "I wouldn't say it changed my life."

He suspects Brooks might get a better response. Baltimore magazine's circulation is 56,000 as compared to Cosmopolitan's millions. His advice: "Get an agent."

That could fit into Brooks' plans. "My overall game plan was to be successful at modeling and to use that as a springboard to acting," he says. "That's what I really want to do."

Now comes the waiting, which can be the hardest part of these brief encounters with fame. Will a picture in Cosmopolitan amount to anything? Will Brooks' life return to its normal rigors of modeling stints and work as a personal trainer at White Marsh Bally Total Fitness, or through his own company, Resultz Training?

"Expect nothing," he says, "then whatever comes out is a blessing."

Pub Date: 7/07/98

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