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Thirst-trapping can be a delicate business, even for a seasoned pro like Shawn Mendes.
On Friday the 23-year-old Canadian singer-songwriter posted on Instagram a photo of himself, shirtless and sweaty in black shorts on a trail overlooking Los Angeles—an excellent example of the genre, with a casual, offhand vibe and near-perfect California sun. The "In My Blood" looked appropriately disheveled for a long hike, and gave the camera a candid, even somewhat lost look.
As he revealed in the accompanying video, though, nature hadn’t totally cooperated with his thirst-trap plans. In a short clip, the musician turns away from the camera to make his way down the dustry trail, raising his arms to flex them in a classic strong man pose. Anyone familiar with the story of Icarus (another sun-drenched demigod) can tell you what happened next. Mendes slipped and slid, quickly finding himself on his butt in the dirt. Truly, there’s nothing holding him back from learning the perils of posing-while-hiking.
The “It’ll Be Okay” singer seemed to take things in stride, perhaps reminding himself that everyone falls in this hike called life, and what really matters is how you dust yourself off and keep going. He set the tumble to John Mayer’s “Gravity,” acknowledging that he lost this bout with one of nature’s most primal forces. (Again, just like Icarus.) He also captioned the post “i guess that’s what i get,” implying that the universe does not look kindly on even the most innocent shirtless self-promotion.
His fans were there to catch him as he fell, both admiring his “shredded” back and declaring him the “king of falling after thirst trapping.” Maybe he’s spawned a new genre: thirst-tripping?
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