Happy birthday to you, Mark Wahlberg.

On this Throwback Thursday, we’re throwing it back… wayyyy back. Because before he was best friends with a bear named Ted, before he was The Fighter, before Boogie Nights, and before he went by his real name, Mark Wahlberg was simply “Marky Mark,” and alongside his “funky bunch,” he was feeling the good vibrations. And, alongside the beautiful Kate Moss, he was seriously studly (and ridiculous)  in this 1991 Calvin Klein ad. Sporting a solid 8 (10? 12? 20?) pack of abs and the cockiness (no pun intended) to match, we’re sure Calvin had no problem selling those tighty-whities after this aired.

Wahlberg, who is 43 today, first showed up on the scene in 1991 as the front man for the group “Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch.” With his solid-as-a-rock physique, he quickly became a 90’s heartthrob – launching him into modeling and acting. Making his silver-screen debut in the 1993 film, The Substitute, Wahlberg soon became a Hollywood staple. Now having starred in dozens of films, he has been nominated for two Oscars, including Best Supporting Actor for The Departed (2006). Wahlberg can now even add “producer,” to his credentials, having worked as Executive Producer on hit television shows such as Entourage and Boardwalk Empire. 

As far as his underwear modeling goes, we can say, sadly, that those days are over. When asked about his most embarrassing moment in a 2013 interview, Wahlberg responded: “The underwear modelling I did for Calvin Klein with Kate Moss was not good in retrospect, but at the time it got me a lot of attention from the ladies! Explaining that – along with the rap career – to my kids is going to be embarrassing when they are old enough to ask,” he told the Daily Mail

We don’t mean to rehash embarrassing moments, Mr. Wahlberg, but this one is just. too. good. #Sorrynotsorry.


What do you think of Mark Wahlberg’s 1991 ad?





Paige is a graduate from the Fashion Institute of Technology, and is currently studying Journalism at the University North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Fluent in sarcasm with a severe case of wanderlust, she is a self-proclaimed professional thrifter, long-lost Olsen triplet, and pizza aficionado.