Local bachelor on ‘Dating Naked:’ This is not the time to be shy

07/16/2014 3:18 PM

07/16/2014 6:52 PM

Chuck Handy III has a lot going on. The bathing suit entrepreneur, 33, is getting ready for Swim Week with this namesake brand as well as fielding questions about stripping down for VH1’s Dating Naked, premiering 9 p.m. Thursday.

Think Naked and Afraid meets The Dating Game. In each episode — Handy’s show is set to air July 31 — a man and woman meet in an exotic location and get to know each other without the trappings of clothes.

The Miami Beach resident has only positive things to say about the experience.

“I had a great time,” recalls Handy, who was born in New York and moved to South Florida after attending Barry University. “The dates weren’t dates. They were adventures.”

Any hesitation about appearing in the buff? “Of course. It hits you when you have to introduce yourself. But then I was like, ‘Let’s do this baby!’ It’s not the time to be all shy.”

It was actually refreshing to have a woman see him for him: “South Beach can be so materialistic. Here I had this opportunity where it doesn’t matter what you own or what you have or where you’re from.”

To be in such a bare state, Handy changed up his diet and exercise routine.

“I did go with fish and vegetables, a lot of ceviche and stone crabs and jumped on the juicing bandwagon,” he explains. “I play soccer three times a week. I tried to be as healthy as possible, but I’m not a musclehead. I wasn’t looking to change my body.”

CRISTY’S CREATIONS

Cristy Rice is letting her sassy flag fly with her swimwear line, Cuban Rice. The former Real Housewives of Miami star’s latest collection, called Jewels, features lots of sparkle.

“It’s a mix of the bohemian in me — the crochet, fringe, tie dye — the diva in me with my jewel fabrics; the sexy girl in me with my lingerie-inspired group and for the bad girl in me, the sexy and racy straps and shiny reds and fuchsia,” explains Rice, who will show off her wares during Swim Week.

Granted, not everyone can pull off a suit like Rice can. The single mother of three is known for her slamming body. “I try to dance three times a week and do some sort of toning once a week,” she says, adding, “Do whatever you love and do it with passion. Drink a lot of water and never put off for tomorrow what you can do today.”

Foodwise: “I have never done a diet, but I also recognize that I have been blessed with so-called good genes. We all must know our bodies and what works best for you. Some things are common sense: Watch the salt, the sugar, the carbs in excess.”

Rice doesn’t see the old RHOM gang, often but the ladies stay in touch via social media. It’s doubtful another reality show is in the offing. “I work hard designing my line and do it with passion,” she says. “I try to make time for myself and my spiritual growth, and I live every day as if it was my last one. My kids are my life and my priority.”

Check out Jewels noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at a fashion show at Nikki Beach Miami. RSVP: www.nikkibeachmiami.com/whatwomenwant

LOVE ON THE ROCKS?

Trouble in paradiso? Juan Pablo Galavis was caught cozying up to a comely brunette at a party at Harrah’s in Atlantic City, New Jersey, last week — and the woman is talking to In Touch Weekly. “He was touching my hand and my arm,” actress-singer Angela Cottone tells the mag. “I thought he was single.” But multiple sources close to the couple tell People that the Miami-based ex Bachelor (who donned clothes during his stint on the ABC hit last year) is still with his pick from the show, Nikki Ferrell. The two are set to attend Hearts of Reality charity event in Celebration at the end of the month. Cottone Tweeted that the meeting between her and JP was blown out of proportion and that she is actually engaged.

Madeleine Marr

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Madeleine Marr

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Former fashion and food writer Madeleine Marr joined the Miami Herald in 2003. The native New Yorker's celebrity coverage includes features, interviews, events, red carpets, premieres, award ceremonies, style, news and gossip in the South Florida area and beyond.

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