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Add Some Smolder to Your Saturday With Gay Modeling Couple 'Jarlos' - PHOTOS

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John Tuite, a native Floridian artist, and Carlos Santolalla, his Californian photog boyfriend, have become what is believed to be the first pair of gay models to be signed as a couple. “Jarlos,” as they’re now being billed, have walked runways for DKNY, built up a gargantuan Instagram presence, and are now making headlines as Fusion’s newest, and somewhat controversial hires. While both of the men have backgrounds in modeling individually, they’ve made it clear that Jarlos, their gestalt presence, is the unit that they’re presenting themselves as for Fusion. The decision to work together rather than separately, say the pair, came from pressures within their old agencies to remain in the closet about their sexualities.

As much as we may stereotype the fashion world as being stacked with queer designers and beautiful, sexually charged people, the industry can have its moments of glaring bigotry.

“It’s so fucked up. After coming out, I didn’t want to be weird about it again and act straight at castings,” Tuite recounted in an interview with The Cut. “I met with this one agency and they said, "We’d like to sign you, but you have to delete your Instagram account with your boyfriend and you guys can’t go out to parties together anymore." What the fuck? That was last year.”

According to Alexandra Phipps, a representative from Fusion, the agency had their eyes on the duo long before they were signed on. The passion and presence that they both brought to the runway were more than enough to bring them up on peoples’ radars, and when Fusion learned that they were interested in working together, the decision was a no brainer.

"We have been aware of Carlos and John for a while, now. We have an agent on the men’s board here who started Carlos in the modeling business,” Phipps explained to Dazed. “John and Carlos have modeled together in several projects, so it seemed natural to sign them both. They are great models and they have an amazing look, as a unit and individually."

Check out a collection of Jarlos’s candid photos AFTER THE JUMP...

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Internet Tells Instagram: #FreeTheEggplant, After Social Network Decides It's a Bit Suggestive

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A recent update to Instagram’s search functionality gave users the ability to turn hashtagged emoji into platform-wide queries.

Emoji, for the folks unfamiliar with the popular symbols, are little sticker-like icons that are basically a step up from old-school emoticons. Now, for instance, if you wanted to search for pictures that had been captioned with smiley faces, salsa dancers, or sushi, you can plug those corresponding emoji into Instagram’s search bar and get back results.

Interestingly enough, though, of the dozens of emoji that you can ask Instagram to search for one of the most popular symbols is conspicuously missing--the purple eggplant.

Many emoji, like words, have come to carry multiple meanings that might not immediately be obvious. A cup of tea, for example, isn’t always just a cup a tea--it can also refer to (spilling) tea or to the popular internet meme featuring Kermit the Frog sipping Lipton. The purple eggplant, commonly used to make jokes about sex, has become synonymous with penises. Fans of the eggplant suspect that Instagram’s removed it from the list of searchable emoji in an attempt to keep adult content off of the platform, or to at least make it more difficult to search for.

Naturally, Instagram users are fighting back in the way that makes the most sense: flooding Instagram with eggplant emoji. Styled after #freethenipple, a widespread internet campaign urging social networks from censoring pictures of women’s nipples, #freetheeggplant wants to do the same for the digital aubergine. While the campaign may seem a bit silly--remember, this isn’t about bringing more penises to Instagram--the underlying message about the censorship of peoples’ bodies is a worthwhile one.

(h/t Bustle)


Gay Teen ‘Promposed’ To By Straight Best Friend Thanks Supporters: VIDEO

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Social media exploded last week with an outpouring of love and positivity toward two Las Vegas high school students after straight student Jacob Lescenski asked his gay best friend, Anthony Martinez, if he wanted to go to prom with him.

Now Lescenski and Martinez are returning the love by acknowledging their supporters in a video posted to Martinez's Instagram. The two shot the video while at a state conference for their school and although Martinez noted they were both tired from the conference, they both wanted to take time out of their busy day to thank their supporters. 

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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'Hot Dudes With Dogs' Is Your New Instagram Obsession: PHOTOS

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We've seen hot dudes reading and we've seen hot dudes drinking coffee, but this might just take the cake for our favorite thing hot guys could possibly be doing on Instagram (okay maybe not our favorite thing...but close).

"After creating the Rich Dogs Of Instagram, I starting thinking about what I could do for my next social media endeavor," creator Kaylin Pound told The Huffington Post. "This got me thinking, if there’s one thing I love more than dogs it’s hot guys, so why not put the two together and create the ultimate Instagram eye candy?"

No arguments here. 

Seven more pics of our favorite pooches and pecs, AFTER THE JUMP...

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'Empire' Actor Jussie Smollett Declines to Comment on His Sexuality After Co-Star Outs Him as Gay

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Empire actor Malik Yoba revealed in a recent interview with Black Film that lead co-star Jussie Smollett is gay. Smollett's character Jamal Lyon came out publicly via song in a recent episode of the show and Smollett himself is an advocate of gay rights such as the NOH8 Campaign. Yoba frankly confirmed Smollett’s orientation in the interview, citing that the two actors share a close relationship.

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"I think that our show represents a huge opportunity to stay in the culture beyond entertainment value and there’s an intrinsic nature of you have the gay factor, right? So, obviously, Lee is gay. That was an important storyline for him. I think it’s important for people to see themselves. Even within the Black community. But if you aren’t really, really taking it off of screen and making it live you aren’t really, really taking it off of screen and making it live in the community in a significant way…like I know Jussie, he is gay, and he’s very committed to issues around the LGBT community.He and I have a very close relationship."

However, in a recent appearance on Sway In The Morning, Smollett was asked on-air if he is gay and he neither denied nor confirmed it, saying he chooses not to talk regarding his personal life.

Said Smollett: 

"I am not willing to confirm or deny anything, I live my life…if anyone is looking to put me in a box, then that’s not going to happen. But if you really want to know about me, just watch, because I don’t hide anything. I just don’t choose to talk about my personal life."

Screen Shot 2015-03-02 at 3.30.05 PMSmollett expressed irritation with magazines hailing the show as a "black gay" show. "This is not a gay black show, this is a show about human experiences," Smollett said, calling the single-category view of the show "silly," and "unfair."

The internet rumor mill believes that Smollett is currently seeing The Read guest co-host, actor and YouTube personality Dustin Ross after a post on Ross’ Instagram of the two together. The two actors played love interests in the movie The Skinny. You can watch Smollett address the gay rumors and how the smash hit Empire is more than just a "black gay show," with Sway In The Morning, AFTER THE JUMP

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'Hot Dudes Reading' Brings To Life The Well Read Men Of Your Dreams: PHOTOS

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Let's say you're the literary type and like your men to be well-read in addition to possessing prowess in bed. Should this be the case, the Instagram account you want to follow is @HotDudesReading. The newly formed account has already racked up over 34,000 followers with just 9 posts, all of which are stalker pics of inordinately attractive men riding (or waiting for) public transportation in New York City while reading a book -- not a kindle or an iPad but an actual book. Each post comes complete with musings about what each hottie is reading, thinking about and where he's headed.

For instance, the above photo is captioned:

Spotted this scruffy prince on his morning commute. Probably to sculpture class. I'm sure he's reading a collection of post-war Russian short stories, but really thinking of how he made love to his French girlfriend this morning and the gluten free toast they shared after. #marryme #hotdudesreading

Another handsome subway rider (below) warranted a 'Dapper Dude Alert':

Dapper Dude Alert! Damn. Whatever prose he's reading cannot match the beauty of that full beard. He's like the hot English professor of my dreams, only with way better hair. #voluntarydetention#hotdudesreading - this ones for @lancebass

And yes, Lance Bass has offered his seal of approval, as Time notes, tweeting, "Hahahahaha! My new favorite IG account to follow! @HotDudesReading ."

Catch two more hot bookworms, AFTER THE JUMP...

And follow Hot Dudes Reading HERE.

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