Les Danseurs Is a Book of Beautiful Ballet Man Candy

August 4, 2015

We know you know ballet boys are gorgeous. But have you already watched Sergei Polunin’s dreamy Hozier video 8,3874,389 times? OD’ed on James Whiteside’s delectable Insta feed? Exhausted all Google image searches for the impossibly perfect Roberto Bolle? (Be careful with those—there’s a lot of bare booty involved.)

If you’re in need of some new ballerinos to swoon for, we’ve got just the thing: Les Danseurs, a photo book featuring the très beaux men of Paris Opéra Ballet.

Yup, this will do. (photo from Les Danseurs by Matthew Brookes)

Of course, Matthew Brookes, the photographer behind the project, had nobler goals for the book than just “man candy YAAAS.” Brookes comes from a fashion and sports background, and wanted to accentuate the strength and athleticism of male dancers. As he told CNN, his hope was to challenge the mainstream perception of ballet as “natural” for women, but not for men. Les Danseurs also has a forward by fascinating POB étoile Marie-Agnès Gillot (who, if you’re in more of a #WCW mode, is a wonderful woman crush to cultivate).

But, lbh: The collection of black-and-white photos is just pretty, too. There’s an old-school Abercrombie & Fitch catalog vibe happening, and it’s awesome.

Take a look at some of our favorite images from Les Danseurs below. The book is available for pre-order now.

(All photos by Matthew Brookes)