Putting it all out there: None of the pictures are somber – instead, the veteran look sexy, strong, and confident
The vets pose for Michael with and without their prosthetic arms and legs, sometimes holding guns or wearing their dog tags. A few shed all of their clothes, while others left more to the imagination. But what they all have in common is that they look strong, self-assured – and hot.
‘Some people will say to me “Oh, this is really helpful to their self-esteem,” or, “You’re making them feel like men again,”‘ he told MTV News. ‘[But] these guys have come to me very healed and ready to take the world on. I’m not giving them back their confidence. They already have it.’
Michael said that while most of the men he shoots are excited to see the pictures, there are occasionally some who are reluctant to publish them.
‘I had one vet who was very severely injured and he had to take some time to sit on them before publishing them. He said he just wasn’t used to seeing himself like that,’ he told Daily Mail Online. But after two weeks, the vet gave Michael the OK – and was glad that he did.
‘He was shocked by the response – people telling him how sexy he was, how beautiful he was, that he’s a hero. He was genuinely shocked and surprised,’ he said.