The modeling world is just getting its first taste of Den Wok. It’s easy to see why everybody else is clamoring to take a bite, too. He packs his bags from Moscow to pack his bulk into the new ES swimwear collection.

But we’d be remiss if those were the only photos we showed you. Check out his early work in Russia—strapped in leather, no less—before hitting the big time to travel the globe sharing his chest, abs, thighs and other assets with a growing fan base.

Photos by Alex Bego and Joan Crisol.