Finalists Announced for VMan/Ford Models Model Search

Finalists

So, these are the three finalists for the VMan/ Ford Models model search.

One contestant laments: “Ultimately, though, the final decision of picking three finalists (from a pool of over 1000) came down to industry professionals. Let me just say that I am not bitter at their decision. It is what it is. And it is symptomatic of the fashion industry in this moment… supposedly. They picked three white boys from Ohio, Alabama and Tennessee, all in their teens, all 6’1″…My mother responded ‘they all look like druggies’ when shown their pictures. ‘Crack, Meth and Budweiser’ responded someone else. They all share a sort of scrawny muscular bad boy not intimidating types who could be spotted on a street corner in a hoodie, smoking a cigarette…”

Given the homogeneity of the finalists, and the cornucopia of beauty in these pages, one wonders why anybody might bother next time around.

The finalists are winging their way to L.A. for a shoot with Hedi Slimane this weekend.

Comments

  1. soulbrotha says

    And the “white out” (or is it “black out”?) just keeps rolling on. Hopefully P. Diddy will have a model search and will be covered here as well.

  2. says

    Honestly, this little contest they created is nothing more than PR for their online magazine. Think of it this way: Get a few hundred handsome model wannabes to beg their friends (and their fake myspace friends) to vote them them. Viola! Instant traffic to their magazine in exchange for a few airline tickets to LA.

    Real models don’t waste their time on things like this. Trust me, I know as I work for a modeling agency here in South Florida. From an industry perspective, it’s not surprising that all their selected models look alike. The magazine has a demographic and to have a winning cover model that doesn’t fit that specific demographic would be a very bad business decision. (I’m not defending it; just explaining why I think it happened.)

  3. Jack Scribe says

    I’m shocked that Ford would allow their name to be sollied about. When Eileen and Jerry ran the agency, this wouldn’t have happened.

  4. says

    Ugh.

    Tweakie twinkie starving tots
    For you we’ve not got the hots.
    Once they buff you up at Ford
    Teach you poses fierce and bored,
    Tweakie twinkie starving tots,
    Forever lose these dismal shots.

  5. Mike says

    What I find interesting is that no matter the type of topic here that has any sort of relation to these types is that everyone feels the need to jump on the nasty comment train. Im a 30 yr old man and have the same body, perhaps a bit less toned, as this lot? Am I starving? No. Am I sick? No. It is no wonder gay youth are having body issues with people like you all commenting on anyone who is skinny naturally and not defining his life by going to gym. Not everyone cares about the gym and being ripped. Personally, I find muscles gross. Also, these photos are snapshots? Do you all look radiant in all your snapshots that are not professionally lit? I feel sad for all of you who feel the need to define your worth by your body.

  6. says

    Mike,
    I hear you. I was trying to be funny, to parody this whole mess, but I probably came off as simply critical of these boys.

    Beauty is inherently subjective, and heaven knows, these young men (and you) are far trimmer and healthier than I. But I think the selection of these boys proves your point more than the spirited, if bitchy, comments here…While you may be this thin, it is not the norm. When we hold up this type of body as both the norm and the definition of beauty, isn’t THAT contributing to body issues?

    One final point…by entering this competition, haven’t these boys agreed to be objectified? Not that that is a good thing, but can they seriously be heard to complain (assuming they would) when someone critiques their ‘look’ as so many have here? And is THAT what’s really wrong here…another contest that invites young people to see themselves not as people but commodity? Perhaps that’s overstating it, but there you are.

  7. Rich says

    I don’t know that they need a ham sandwich, but they need a certain something that’s obviously missing. They all look like they’re posing for mug shots, although the middle one doe shave the sterotypical pouty, model look down better than the other two, while the guy on the right come closest to a sort of “barely legal” look, which seems to be what they were going for. Mostly, the exude something that’s ordinary, but in a cloneish, seen it beore sort of way.

  8. BlueBlur says

    Even though Janice Dickinson is a mess, I give her props for having diversity in her modeling agency (unlike this one). Some of her models are hotter than these boys, but I’m partial to darker features anyhow.

  9. Mike says

    NOTSHYCHIREV

    While I agree on the 2nd part of you comments, the 1st part still troubles me. I know a lot of people who are quite thin. I know several people who are not in any way. Neither for me is a source of critique. By saying thin is not the norm does that open it up to make someone at fault for not being “norm?” Granted they are like 12, but still. It does make me sad that anywhere a gay youth looks in our community there is such a dependance on muscle tone and thickness or arms. Look at the normal “Miami” model shots. HUGE muscle, super toned dudes. How is that not damaging to someone who could never achieve that?

  10. Brad says

    These 3 guys are typical of the “fashionable” look that is promoted by our various media. Thin to the point of scrawny seems to be the look that is so favored by many of the publications, especially gay ones. I’m not surprised that this look was chosen. I’m tired of opening magazines (especially gay ones) and seeing a certain look that is only shared by a small part of the population. Why can’t there be some diversity?

  11. says

    just curious if anyone has the vote totals for the ‘winners’ in the online voting. (apparently the VMan site just crashed – no doubt with the rush of towleroadies heading over to check out the other pics!)

  12. says

    Mike, no one said anything about going to the gym. Indeed, I believe the operative phrase was “happy meal.” Believe me when I say this, if those three are representative of what represents “beauty” in our community, they’re doing the body images of GLBT people a whole lot more harm than good.

  13. says

    Mike, sorry if I wasn’t clear. My statement about norms wasn’t an assessment of worth or of beauty, but simply of statistics. The “norm” in this country is not muscular OR thin, it’s muffin-tops (or more) and saggy asses. The ‘norm’ for attractiveness is purely subjective, and I think that’s a good thing, so long as we see one another as people first, and objects of attraction second.

  14. Just My Type says

    Actually I find these guys very hot … I would spray a load on any of them. Isn’t it sad how even gay guys find the need to justify and explain their own particular sexual tastes (and criticize those of others). That’s the kind of moralizing best left to our enemies.

  15. T says

    The only thing that irritates me about this gay men’s blog is the fact that it tends to promote beefy, muscular gay men and bears over other body types and even ages. There’s a sort of ongoing snideness towards anything resembling (no matter how remotely) the “twink”.

    I’ve often wondered (and I’ve been reading this blog a long time) if this is primarily just a reflection of the author’s sexual tastes.

    In any case I find it sort of disenchanting. There’s nothing wrong with lanky, blond, white boys without a lot of body hair.

    I don’t have a variety of examples to showcase because it’s been a continuing trend throughout the years I’ve been reading. However I do remember a while back pondering why the big muscle man from Project Runway gets so much attention, but not Christian… aside from the videos or comments about his “trademark” catch phrase fierce.

  16. David says

    Mike, I agree with you. What bothers me about these boys is that they, well, look like boys. Kind of reminds me of that Calvin Klein campaign with the faux 70’s porn set — it just skeeved me out.

    The thing that bothers me most about these three photos is the vacant looks on their faces. It makes them look stupid and/or drugged out. Neither is an attractive feature to me.

    And I think gay men have body issues not only because of the muscle thing but also because of the skinnier types that are cropping up more and more — ok maybe it’s just my issue.

    I think many body types to be sexy but what this contest shows is that they do not. Three identical types. Boring.

  17. JerzeeMike says

    Same, same, and same. It’s amazing to me that an industry as creative as the fashion industry has zero imagination when it comes to models. They always seem to be from the same generic mold.

  18. says

    they choose the boys that sell shirts

    they have no political motivations

    if other body types sold hoodies, they’d be all over it

    fashion is a business.

    [abercrombie sales are up while the u.s. is in a retail slump]

  19. Mike says

    Cornucopia of beauty? A quick view of the top 20 leads me to think many of their friends and relatives were voting, some are not model material. Whilst I don’t like the model trend of young and skinny = beauty, the first two boys are definitely model material with great facial bone structure. The third picture is too far away.

  20. says

    ITS SO WEIRD HOW THE FASHION INDUSTRYS’ FETISHES AFFECT SOCIETY IN GENERAL.

    WHEN I FIRST CAME OUT IF YOU DIDN’T LOOK LIKE A WEHO WILLIAM HIGGINS PORN MODEL YOU WERE TRULY OSTRACIZED. THERE I WAS A CURLY HAIRED LIGHT SKINNED BLACK GUY. I GOT IGNORED AND EXCLUDED SO MUCH THAT MY SELF WORTH WAS AS LOW AS A WORMS DICK IN MY MIND. ONLY WHEN I DISCOVERED BATHHOUSES WHERE DICK SIZE WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING DID I START FEELING BETTER ABOUT MYSELF.

    YEAH, DRINK IN THAT STATEMENT MY FELLOW HOMOS!

    I FEEL SORRY FOR THE NON-WHITE, NO-SKINNY KIDS COMING OUT NOW. I SEE TWINKS OUT AT THE CLUBS WITH THE SAME SMUG LOOKS ON THERE FACES AS THE WEHO TYPES USED TO HAVE THAT MADE ME FEEL SO BAD.

    OF COURSE WE ALL KNOW THAT YOU NEED TO HAVE SELF RESPECT BLAH BLAH BLAH BUT I JUST FEEL FOR THE KIDS WHO DON’T LOOK LIKE THIS. OTHER THAN THAT NO REAL POINT TO MAKE.

  21. Chad says

    Sounds like a bunch of haters here (as usual). Some guys (like myself) are just naturally small and don’t gain weight, and are xtremely youthful looking. So, if that’s what the fashion world loves, so be it. It’s only cause that’s what sells.

    And yes, some guys do have eating disorders as well as drug problems, but that’s nothing new to the fashion world either. As long as you’re thin and cute, they forgive you anything. Try giving them a break. Do you know how hard it is to find size 27 or 28″ waist pants?

  22. John C says

    Oh the irony of a despised minority having its own despised minorities…. You don’t need help from Fred Phelps and co when you can hate each other.

    I’ll be the sarcastic Brit and note the additional irony of people from a nation with an epidemic of obesity complaining that others look too thin or underfed.

  23. echovic says

    Just My Type – rock on! These kids are hot – and of course they don’t look like most people – they’re models, and 100 times healthier than fatties pretending that fat is normal. Skip that cheeseburger bitches and get to a gym, and if you’re not genetically gifted, that’s fine – find something else that makes you sexy – there’s a type for everyone. But don’t dis out of childish jealousy, specially when you cholesterol is through the roof and you wheeze when you’re climbing stairs.

    That being said, it wouldn’t hurt if there was a bit of diversity in the bunch… Even A&F has non-white models from time to time.

  24. Another Matt says

    As I get older, the more true the phrase ‘there’s someone for everyone’ becomes to me. These guys aren’t my cup of tea, but hey…someone likes them, and that’s great. And they’re really not THAT thin.

  25. Marc says

    Diversity? Fashion? You’re kidding right?? Never going to happen since people of color don’t buy clothes from these alleged designers!

  26. anon says

    It’s not that they aren’t pretty, it’s that they look ill. Friends don’t let friends become anorexic.

    Now, how many people here who are so upset their taste isn’t validated would stay quiet if Andy dared to show bald/short/fat/old models? Oh wait, that’s never going to happen…

  27. Paul R says

    How ANY of you could think the second and especially the first guy are anorexic is beyond me. I find the first one extremely hot, and desperately wish I had a body as nice as his. Yes the third one is thin, but so what?

    I’d do the first one in a friggin heartbeat.

  28. lance says

    CONTEST RIGGED!! Or at least I think so. These three are found back to back on the vman contest website. (curious) search the group of ten marked numbers 95 and 96.

  29. Caligula says

    Renan Bonin from Brazil is the actuall winner. He isn’t pictured here. These three guys are finalists and they will be featured in V-Man. I am a model and have an agency in Athens and Monte Carlo. Hellenic Models if you are interested in modeling guys. These are the types of looks that are quite popular at the moment. Especially in Paris. These three look good, these are basic snapshots. So don’t judge them to harshly. V is a great magazine. I wish the winner Renan all the luck. Brazil is killing us models at the moment. There everywhere.

  30. CHRONIC says

    dear jaded homosexuals…

    they’re in their TEENS. any teenager who is remotely athletic will have lean bodies. they’re teenage models. they probably eat like they have hollow legs like all teenagers.

    and they look nothing alike. if there were three black or asian guys would nayone get away with saying they all look alike.

    none of them look anything alike. they’ll all have totally disparate careers.

    get over your self-hate

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