Long before Matthew Terry strutted his body for Calvin Klein, Travis Fimmel was the face for the underwear brand. This blond-haired Aussie was the most in-demand male model at the time. Some say he was the inspiration for Sex and the City’s Smith Jerrod. Once you see his CK ads, you’ll definitely see the SATC comparison. With his new television show scoring boffo ratings for the History Channel, I thought it was a perfect time to pick him as this week’s Man Crush.

The 33-year-old was discovered while working out at a gym in the Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn. Fimmel has the distinction of becoming the first male model to ink a six-figure deal to model exclusively for Calvin Klein. Since hanging up his CK undies, he’s appeared in several television shows including the WB’s ill-fated modern-day adaptation of Tarzan co-starring Leighton Meester and Lucy Lawless. The show was canceled after eight episodes.

His other credits include appearing with Patrick Swayze in A&E’s The Beast and feature films The Experiment (Adrien Brody, Cam Gigandet) and The Baytown Outlaws (Andre Braugher, Eva Longoria). Currently he’s making a splash in the breakout hit Vikings on the History Channel. Check out several photos of Travis from the show and from back in the day as Calvin Klein’s main man. He certainly filled those CK briefs extremely well 😉