Move over, George of the Jungle. There’s a new man in this neck of the woods.
Yep, that’s Tatum. And yep, he’s swinging on a rope, tarzan-style, alongside model Karen Elson.
This amazing photo was Tatum’s first Vogue debut, and was taken by photographer Bruce Weber in 2001. Sporting only a pair of cargo camouflage shorts and combat boots, we’re left wondering (but not complaining) if Channing ever wears a shirt. Then again, with abs like that, we would be reluctant to cover up as well.
Before becoming the worldwide heartthrob he is today, Tatum got his first Hollywood gig as a backup dancer in the music video for – get ready- Ricky Martin’s, “She Bangs.” After that, Tatum had a successful modeling career, appearing in ads for Abercrombie & Fitch, Nautica, Emporio Armani, and eventually signing with FORD Models in New York. Although his most notable work is now in acting, Tatum is extremely grateful for his beginnings in modeling, telling ModelSwim in a 2006 interview, “It’s made my life, and my family’s life, a lot easier, because I never knew what I wanted to do and now they don’t really have to worry about me anymore. I’ve been able to explore life, and through exploring it I’ve found that I love art, I love writing, I love acting, I love all the things that make sense to me. And I’ve been given the chance to go out and see the world, and to see all the things out there. Not everyone gets that chance.”
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