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.
The Underwear Expert continues its questioning of boys in briefs with model Benjamin Godfre who fills us in on his neck tattoo, his thoughts on marijuana, Polaroid art, his favorite drag queen, his impersonation of a 12-year-old girl, his six-pack, Amanda Bynes, his secret desire involving sushi, tips for selfies, and his favorite brand of underwear.
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
Australian rugby player Nick Youngquest, previously seen here cuddling with out rugby star Gareth Thomas, leaps into David Beckham spokesmodel territory as the new face and of Paco Rabanne's Invictus fragrance and stars in a gorgeous, steamy new ad shot by French director Alexandre Courtès, backed with a soundtrack by Kanye West.
The print ad (below) was shot by Warren du Preez & Nick Thornton Jones.
Check out the ad and the campaign photos, AFTER THE JUMP...
James Franco gives good face in Gucci's eyewear campaign for fall set to debut next month, shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. In other Franco news, there are rumors that he may sign on to play himself in the upcoming Kickstarter-funded Veronica Mars movie.
Page Six chronicles the latest chapter in the Calvin Klein-Nick Gruber romance saga:
Sources tell us Gruber, a former erotic model, is preparing to move back from Los Angeles and restart his career. We hear he’s signed with Planet PR and is taking meetings with modeling agencies to walk the runways during September New York Fashion Week. Page Six reported in May that Gruber and Klein rekindled their relationship and took a Mexican vacation together. The couple had split in January 2012 after dating for two years, but after Gruber was arrested for assault and cocaine possession at his West Village apartment and completed a stint in an Arizona rehab facility — which Klein allegedly paid for — the troubled model fled to the West Coast. Gruber then lived with new boyfriend John Luciano, but they broke up in February, and Gruber has since taken up with Klein.