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Introducing the #Instastuds: The Gorgeous Gay Men Who Are Taking Over Social Media

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With apps like Instagram giving users the ability to crop and filter their photos to near-professional results, its no surprise that the social media site has quickly become a psedo-Vogue for the general public to flaunt their very own glamorous style and sex appeal.

And now there's a term for the gays taking full advantage of these social media platforms to harness their own eroticism: the #Instastuds. Mike Albo over at New York sums up how these guys are not your run-of-the-mill shirtless hotties, but rather something much more alluring and unobtainable:

The #Instastuds are different than your average hot selfie-taking guy or women on Instagram - the ones who will occasionally post a photo of a sunset, their cat, or a casual lingerie shot in their apartment. These men are more relentless and artful: They pose gorgeously in photo after photo, channeling their inner Steven Meisel, their images as well-selected, aspirational, and powerfully seductive as an underwear or fragrance ad campaign.

Flaunting themselves on Instagram, they are also all proudly and openly gay...But at the same time, they all look fairly heteronormative: hunky, sporty, the kind of guy who would call himself "masc & musc" in a hook-up app and would never take a photo of himself at Drag Brunch. And all are careful to avoid appearing like they are doing this just to get laid. By showing that, they would be revealing that they are vulnerable and have needs, and an #Instastud can never look unsatisfied with his life. 

You can check out the full article and more photos of these self-published studs HERE.

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  1. An article about a hashtag, for real? Gawd, just kill the newspaper industry already. It's on life support.

    I'm really looking forward to their follow-up story on #instamood.

    Posted by: crispy | Aug 7, 2013 6:54:56 PM

  2. The "masc" ones are either power bottoms, or self hating top d-bags. Been there, done them. Repeatedly.

    Posted by: QJ201 | Aug 7, 2013 6:56:17 PM

  3. What's not to like about handsome men showing themselves off?

    Personally I believe that such men are too enamored of their own looks to be viable for an actual relationship, but they're still nice to look at.

    Posted by: Caliban | Aug 7, 2013 7:00:50 PM

  4. I had a friend back in the 70's whose mantra was "the butcher they are, the higher the heels"...which made me look sideways at him because he was just this side of a gang member--people would walk on the other side of the street. And I would wonder how high his heels went.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Aug 7, 2013 7:07:46 PM

  5. I'm with Caliban on this.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Aug 7, 2013 7:08:12 PM

  6. The first pic looks like Rodiney Santiago from A-List New York.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Aug 7, 2013 7:17:16 PM

  7. It's cute how mewling leftist progressives think the word "heteronormative" actually means something other than "I'm a hopelessly effete faggy queen and resent men who are conventionally masculine".

    Posted by: Blake | Aug 7, 2013 7:25:24 PM

  8. But you know what isn't cute? When Rick posts under yet another alias to spew hatred about progressive liberal gay men. It's rather pathetic, actually. Nice try, "Blake."

    Posted by: MateoM | Aug 7, 2013 7:37:05 PM

  9. Insta duds?

    Posted by: Josh | Aug 7, 2013 7:46:34 PM

  10. MATEOM

    It's really irritating that you come into every other comment thread to accuse someone of being someone else because you don't agree with their point of view. If you hate the "trolls" so much then just ignore them. Otherwise you are just adding to the garbage in the comment threads.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Aug 7, 2013 7:53:31 PM

  11. The Blue-Green Archetype (Masculine-Feminine Gay Man)

    The Living Room Mysteries by Graham Jackson (1993)/

    The blue-green man is cast as the perfect fantasy figure for many gay men.

    He possesses that approachable, grounded, earthy sensuality of the feminine green-red man, but couple with a clear-headed, sometimes thoughtful, no-nonsense brand of masculinity.

    His physical appearance is a maleness of a collegiate quality, combined with an overt sexuality. He is the kind of figure people call rugged, manly.

    He could be an adventurer, relishing the opportunity to climb high peaks or negotiate difficult bodies of water in a kayak or canoe. Sporting life is bound to appeal to the blue-green man for the chance it provides for him to self-connect.

    He may be intelligent, may even wear glasses, but his intelligence will always have a practical aim to meet. Our man Frank probably belongs to this type.

    Even Waugh would have us believe that a painter like Charles Ryder can even be blue-green. And why not? Ryder’s art is neither flamboyant nor wildly innovative; he paints from life and nature.

    Vidal’s tennis champ Jim is more a likely exponent of the type. As is the blue-eyed, blue-jeaned, oh-so-masculine Oxford academic Mark, beloved of the narrator in Burning Houses.

    Greek film director Theo Angelopoulos portrays another with the character of the boyish and blue-jeaned Orestes, the van driver for a group of itinerant actors, in his hauntingly beautiful film, Landscape in the Mist.

    With Orestes, we observe how the maternal energy, nurturing side of these masculine guys only adds to their studly appeal.

    Posted by: I'm Layla Miller I Know Stuff | Aug 7, 2013 7:58:26 PM

  12. Good bodies, but such damaged people. Hire them, don't date or live with them!

    Posted by: Dan | Aug 7, 2013 8:02:14 PM

  13. Let them be pretty. It's obvious they work hard at it (many being part-time personal trainers). Sadly, it won't last forever.

    There are only so many years you can live off your looks; the world is a beauty contest and youth usually wins.

    Posted by: S. | Aug 7, 2013 8:13:29 PM

  14. Wow, so many effeminate, unattractive, self-loathing gay men on this board that resent attractiveness and masculinity. Amazing.

    Posted by: Guest | Aug 7, 2013 8:48:02 PM

  15. Guest, they are narcissists obsessed with themselves. How is that attractive?

    Posted by: Dan | Aug 7, 2013 9:00:11 PM

  16. They don't look masculine to me. More like gay euro hustlers. Maybe ive seen too many in real life to know what they sound like and act when not frozen for a pic.

    The only time I have heard Namaste bitches was in rupaul drag race.

    Terrible role models for young guys. Speedo was never a good look.

    They're guys and they spend time at tge gym. I can say that abiut them. Dont know if thats a good thing considering they would look better if they ate a little more, actually played sports and didn't manscape.

    Posted by: Steve Talbert | Aug 7, 2013 9:10:07 PM

  17. I'll just go look at" guys with beards with cats."

    Posted by: greenfuzz | Aug 7, 2013 9:22:42 PM

  18. Did you ever have the opportunity to date a really handsome sexy guy who didn't think he was so hot? It's a wonderful experience.

    Posted by: GB | Aug 7, 2013 9:54:55 PM

  19. Not my type at all, typical overly puffed, lumpy, out of proportion gay physique. Yuckers. I prefer an athlete with the fine proportions of a natural man.

    Posted by: Wilberforce | Aug 7, 2013 10:04:53 PM

  20. Steve T:

    Are you sure you were watching Drag Race and not Erica Ash doing LaTanya teching Chicago Style Yoga on Big Gay Sketch Show?

    Yo sex chakra, yo hair chakra, yo attitude chakra, and yo Chakra Khan!

    Posted by: Jerry | Aug 7, 2013 10:05:14 PM

  21. GB that is so true, and their are such sterling fellows, unspoiled and sweet natured. These guys could certainly be among them, vanity of ones looks is very far from being a cardinal sin, in fact it's a minor, even humorous one. These are fine men and could be fine in character as well.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Aug 7, 2013 10:09:50 PM

  22. I love how instantly and bitterly some guys on here get negative. What on earth or you so angry about? Honestly, you can keep your self-loathing and misery to yourself, thanks. The world is hard enough without hearing your poison.

    Posted by: Dave | Aug 7, 2013 10:40:17 PM

  23. People respond to the Instastuds by labeling them power bottoms, effeminate, douchebags, damaged, vain.

    Truth is, you attack these men because you envy them. You hate them because you can't have them.

    Posted by: Peter | Aug 7, 2013 10:47:13 PM

  24. Idiots. People used to get paid for this... now they are giving it away. And the more people do this the less chance of being "discovered".

    Posted by: Bill | Aug 7, 2013 10:56:45 PM

  25. When stunning beauty becomes commonplace, as it apparently has already done, then we will be free to value deeper and less fleeting qualities in each other: compassion, humility, honesty, creativity, resourcefulness.

    Posted by: Onnyjay | Aug 7, 2013 11:12:28 PM

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