Tell our readers a little bit about you. What made you get into modeling? When did you first model underwear/swimwear?

A: It was kind of a fluke, actually. I friend of mine Facebook messaged me one day, suggesting that I’d be good for a project and to call our local talent agent. Fortunately, I knew who she was. So, I wrote her a note, and she got back to me saying that while the job was cast, she had already thought of working with me. It was kind of serendipitous. I went down and saw her and she added me to her roster. Since then, I’ve done local and regional commercials mostly, and some print. Also, I’ve done a TV pilot, and been considered for some L.A. projects. I’ve always been around media. Both my parents were involved in journalism at one point in their lives, and I studied it, too. I had already been in radio and had appeared on TV, mostly for charitable purposes or for interviews. And I had been involved in documentary production and event production, too. I was also the head of an orchestra association, planning big concerts and other productions. My training took me into public speaking at a young age, and I’ve done a lot of emceeing of events and have hosted events, such as fashion shows. I was even the emcee for a small revue. But, I think, the biggest influence was having been a figure skater from a young age. I found that after my nerves settle, I love performance. I love production. But, honestly, this is my first time modeling swimwear or underwear. Being into athletics and fitness probably has given me the confidence.

You just shot with us in Vegas, what was that shoot like? How did the shoot go?

A: Yes, I did. Well, it was really, again, kind of serendipitous how it all happened. The photographer, German Arementa, and I had wanted to work together for about a year. But he is centered in Mexico City. So, it was really about finding the right time and place. Fortunately, he was going to be in Las Vegas, and I live in Reno, Nevada. So, the stars aligned for us in that sense, but the bonus was that German works with Tim Goleman who runs this blog. What resulted was a collaboration. German is a dear man and a good director. That made the shoot easier under the circumstances of my traveling to Las Vegas and fitting into a short window of time to get the photographs done. German had other shoots and a fashion expo to attend, as did Tim. Admittedly, I was a bit tired, and we rushed to shoot. But I think the result is good. At least I hope so. Of course, it helps to have great brands to model.

What other types of modeling have you done? Have you done underwear/swimwear modeling before?

A: As I mentioned before, this is my first time modeling swimwear or underwear professionally. I started my own small collection of swimwear a few years ago and, it’s true I like to wear Speedo-type styles on the beach, but that was really the extent of my public “exposure” before this opportunity. Before this, I had done mostly commercials and some print and a few local fashion shows, but not for swimwear or underwear.

Outside of modeling and working out what do you do in your downtime? What are your hobbies and interests? 

A: I’m a big community advocate, and I spend a lot of time trying to promote positive change in Nevada, especially Northern Nevada. I’ve started a few organizations, such as the Northern Nevada LGBTQ Leadership Alliance (NALA) and the Nevada Interfaith Coalition for Equality and Inclusion (NiCE). I also proposed and spearheaded the creation of the Human Rights Commission for the City of Reno, a project that took a few years to realize. Some people say I’m a social influencer or thought leader. I wouldn’t classify myself as such. I just know that my mission is to help do good in the world using compassion and charity of heart as the foundation for creative and holistic ways of healing a suffering world, especially in such unprecedented times as these. I love being around people and being in community, so the Coronavirus pandemic is perhaps especially difficult for me to adjust to in terms of that, but I find ways using all the amazing technology we have at our fingertips. I’m very lucky to have that ability to do that.

What type of fitness regime do you do to keep in shape, and does it change when you do a shoot? 

A: I should have mentioned before that I really enjoy the gym, and I’m missing the experience during this somewhat dark days of pandemic. But, again, there are creative ways to stay fit. Mostly, I focus on body building-type workouts, but now I’m incorporating short runs and resistance training at home with bands, dumbbells and kettlebells. Circuit training really works. I used to run quite a bit, so it’s good to get back to nature as well. When the Coronavirus scare is over, and let’s pray that it’s soon, I think one of the positive outcomes is the reset even fitness wise that will impact my future. Do I change my routine when I’m preparing for a shoot? Yes, if it can be anticipated then a mini-cut to lean out a bit is what I prefer. But the shoot with German was not anticipated. We had to seize the moment. Ironically, I had been trying to bulk up after having reduced my caloric intake for a few months before, so I was kind of in-between.

Models can’t always eat great what is your favorite guilty pleasure in food?

A: I try to eat pretty well most of the time. I love burritos and doughnuts.

We are an underwear blog so what makes up your underwear drawer?

A: I like a variety. One for every occasion! Actually, I’m picky. I treat underwear like anything else I wear. It needs to fit and look right. I have Andrew Christian, 2(X)ist, Papi, Calvin Klein, Diesel, Buffalo and, of course, Jor and Cocksox. I am a super fan of underwear and swimwear — I like clothing and accessories in general — so the more the merrier.

What is one word that describes you? 


What is a fact about you that would surprise our readers?

I was a figure skater, and starred in a holiday extravaganza on ice as the Nutcracker. I won’t say when that was. 

Where can our readers find you on the net and social media?

Facebook, IG, Twitter. I have a Snapchat, but rarely use it. Am I aging myself? All my handles are my name

I know you guys have seen Calum Winsor on UNB and on the net. He’s an amazing Australian Model how now lives in Florida. We got a chance to interview him about his career and working with Gregg Homme! Here is our interview.

For our readers who don’t know you. Can you tell them a little bit about you?

I’m originally born in the northern suburbs of Sydney, Australia. I loved and played sports as long as I could and as many as possible from when I woke up to when I fell asleep. I got type 1 diabetes as a teenager and had to work hard to understand and manage it to the best of my ability, which helped shape who I am today.

What got you into modeling, and specifically men’s underwear? 

Well, I always wanted to from seeing America’s next top models and some other similar shows and always thought to give it a try plus my father used to be a photographer before his career changes. My good friend Michael Boyd from Australia helped me start getting things together and help motivation turn into reality many moons ago. Underwear found me, I guess, from the hard work in the gym and sports.

We have seen you in the 2016 Gregg Homme campaign and now in the Fall 2109 line. What was it like to work with them? 

It’s lovely to be able to do great work with great people with a proven track record. On the last set, the sun was setting over the city and our studio and the perfect western view Over the city and the warmth and vibes wrapping up stick in my mind adding some great colours to everything.

Gregg Homme is known for super skimpy and sometimes see-through undies; did you ever hesitate to take the job either time and why? 

I did have some thoughts about it, but at the end of the day, it’s just another day at the office and worrying about what people think is wasted energy and pointless.

Do you have a favorite pair you modeled in this most recent collection? 

I did very much like the fun and flimsy little from tartan kilt one for a bit of fun haha.

Since we are an Underwear blog, which is your go-to style (briefs, trunks, jock, thong, other)? Is there a style you don’t like? 

Briefs all day are my thing, prefer the classic look. 

On your Instagram, you are often seen wearing swim briefs. Specifically, Speedo brand, why do you like them? 

Speedo and the right cut length on the sides I think it’s either 3 or 5 cm I cannot remember, but the ones with the least amount of material on the sidecut that has a sporty feel and that actually are swum in.

You are obviously dedicated to keeping yourself in top form – what do you find as motivation for staying fit? 

Brazilan Jiu-jitsu present when I leave the office, then gym after with 30 Mins cardio to start followed by 1-2 Hours weight if it’s a good day that is… also rugby when I can and any other fun activities my friends get up too along the way.

Please give our readers some insight as to what it’s like being on set for a shoot. Is it a different atmosphere being underwear over clothing? Do you ever get nervous or have any funny moments?

The only time I get nervous if when it’s somewhere I have nothing on and I shouldn’t necessarily be there… I like clothing because it can create many different vibes of how underwear is where I shape because who wants to cover up all their hard work…

It looks like you are active in rugby – what got you started playing, and where are you at with it now? 

I started back in high school and played as much representative things as I could, but all the injuries slowed me down plus other activities. I found some love for it once moving to Florida with my new friends here.

Are there any upcoming shoots we should be on the lookout for or anything you can share about 2020 plans with our readers?

On my way to Gregg Homme right now actually haha

I love bringing you guys up and coming models. One I have seen on Instagram a lot is Jaye Sand. He has an amazing look. I think we will see a lot more of him in the future. Here is our interview.

Why did you want to get into modeling?

That’s a good question. I never actually planned on going into modeling; it just sort of happened to me. I was contacted by a photographer out of the blue and asked if I wanted to model for him, so I did it and ended up really liking it. I decided to use it as a motivational tool to continue pushing myself to be better.

Why underwear/swimwear underwear/swimwear?

It’s a very liberating feeling being able to pose in only underwear/swimwear. I also find that people tend to be more interested in photos that show more skin. But, I imagine that’s not a very surprising revelation.

What do you think sets you apart from other models in the industry?

I love being able to help a photographer create art. Creating a piece that makes a viewer feel something is my goal going into any shoot, even if what the viewer feels is just the desire to buy the brand that I’m wearing. It’s great being able to work with a variety of photographers and having the capability to create images that wildly differ in both an emotional and creative aspect. I think this is what sets me apart from some other models in the industry. I think some models get too caught up in the ego or money that is sometimes involved in modeling.

Having had the pleasure of modeling so far with Blue Nectar Tequila, I’ve learned brand modeling is a fulfilling and enjoyable experience. I have worked with a variety of photographers, so I won’t bore the readers with a long list, but I will say that I really love working with the photographer Gordon Nebeker. It’s always a lot of fun working with him and I’m always happy with the results in the end.

Underwear has many styles from boxer briefs to thongs. Do you have any pairs you don’t want to wear on a shoot?

Thongs really don’t look good on me. They just are not pleasurable to wear. I guess I’m just not a thong enthusiast.

Are there any underwear/swimwear brands you’d love to work with? Why?

I’d love to work with Aronik. I really like the look of their swimwear. They are definitely my dream brand.

Which photographers would you love to work with on a project?

I’d love to work with Chris Davis, his photography brand is called specular. He has taken some really interesting images and it would be amazing to get the chance to work with him.

Outside of modeling and working out what do you do in your down time? What are your hobbies and interests?

I enjoy spending most of my time being active. My hobbies include: rock climbing, water skiing, swimming, hiking, anything that helps me disconnect. I also really want to try skydiving one day. I usually spend most of my time studying for classes though. Student life typically doesn’t leave that much free time.

Models can’t always eat great what is your favorite guilty pleasure in food?

Sometimes when I have that late-night craving I’ll order a whole large pizza and eat it myself. Highly recommend.

We are an underwear blog so what makes up your underwear drawer? (what percentage of briefs, boxer briefs, jocks, thongs do you have?

40% boxer briefs

30% briefs

15% trunks

10% jockstraps

5% boxers

0% thongs!

What is one word that describes you?


If you were stranded on a deserted island what is one thing you must have with you

Sunscreen- I think that one is pretty obvious

What is your favorite color

Light blue

What is a fact about you that would surprise our readers? (are you shy? Love disco? Know all the words to Star Wars?)

I once rode an ostrich. It was an interesting experience, to say the least.

Quick Fire Questions

  • Thong or jock? Jock, all day, every day
  • What was the last movie you saw? Antman and the Wasp
  • Swim Brief or Trunk for the beach? Swim Brief if I’m comfortable, trunk if I’m not
  • What is your favorite movie? Gattaca
  • Do you work out in the morning, afternoon or night? Preferably morning but whenever I can
  • Would you ever wear a swim thong? I think you know the answer
  • What color swim do you look best in? I hope it’s light blue
  • Favorite beach in the world? Starfish point in Grand Cayman. Unsurprisingly there’s a lot of starfish there.
  • Dream trip you’ve always wanted to take? Australia and/or New Zealand
  • Fav style of underwear? (Brief, bikini, thong, jock, etc) Boxer briefs for sure
  • Cats or dogs? Cats. I’m allergic to dogs sadly
  • Comedy or Drama? I can always get into a suspenseful drama

Where can our readers find you on the net and social media?

I currently only have an Instagram. You can find it at @Jaye_san

Do you guys want to see more of Jaye Sand? Let us know

We have a great model interview with Antonio Martinez. You have seen in with a few bands and here is your chance to get to know him a bit better.
Why did you want to get into modeling?
I got into modeling through dance and aerial arts… I was getting body and head shots taken and did some creative dance & aerial shots in short athletic shorts and was inspired to continue… the shorts definitely got shorter and shorter as I love to show off in thongs and jock straps!  I then started shooting nudes and now shoot all styles ranging from commercial modeling to erotic.
Why underwear/swimwear underwear/swimwear?
I love modeling underwear and swimwear because I love celebrating the entire male form.  I think men’s bodies are strong, sexy, and beautiful. I work very hard to maintain my physique and love to show it off in sexy underwear and swimwear any chance I get!  Great styles inspire me to model and show off all my assets.
What do you think sets you apart from other models in the industry?
My aerial and dance training definitely sets me apart from others models in the industry.  I know how to move through my poses because I know movement and angels of my body.  My stamina in dance allows me to hold poses and work for long periods as well.  Because of my awareness though, all my photo shoots wrap very quickly because I always get the shots very quickly.  I can follow direction really well and end up creating moments the photographer and director never thought of because of how creative I am on site!
You recently have done shoots for BodyAware, how did you like them? One of your shoots was on silks and acrobatic, can you tell us about that shoot? Did you have experience before on silks and what was it like doing it in Bodyaware’s amazing underwear? 
I absolutely love Bodyaware underwear.  They were a joy to shoot for… very unforgettable!  I love all of the versatility in design and fabrics that BodyAware has to offer!  I am a man of many sensual moods so each piece offers many different “Shades Of Grey” you could say!  Every Bodyaware pant, tank, and underwear is unique and super comfortable while offering tons of sex appeal.

I am currently in love with my mesh white pair of Bodyaware Underwear as well as the mesh neon leggings you saw me model while on the silks.  Both have a large pouch for my bulge and gives me a natural looking lift in the front and back side.  I definitely have to keep the pouches big =).

I have been doing aerial professionally for 10 years now and love using the ability to model underwear!  Aerial is already naturally sexy and so to get to perform aerial while in sexy underwear is fire!!
Are there any underwear/swimwear brands you’d love to work with? Why?
I would love to model for Andrew Christian for their online catalogue and social media!  To be a famous Trophy Boy would be a dream come true.  I have gotten to model and perform dance in one of their videos a while back… it was the ice-cream twirking video that when viral.  I was the model in green underwear hitting a split for the camera =).
What has been your biggest accomplishment in modeling? 
So far my biggest accomplishment in modeling has been my recent feature in DNA magazine shooting with Nick Hernandez and modeling different styles of underwear.
Outside of modeling and working out what do you do in your down time? What are your hobbies and interests?
I love learning… taking dance and aerial classes!  I love hiking and amusement parks as well as hosting wine and cheese parties on my roof top in North Hollywood, CA!
What type of fitness regime do you do to keep in shape, and does it change when you do a shoot?
I work out every day and do completely different work outs / training exercise all the time.  Its called muscle confusion and it is the best thing for me for muscle growth and staying lean.  I train aerial arts a lot as well and so me lifting my own body weight is great for being photo shoot ready all the time.  I also do a lot of partner dancing so lifting women and men in creative ways is always great for the body.

I’m always “camera ready” because of my healthy eating habits and constant training for aerial arts and dance jobs.  If I am aware of a photo shoot coming up though, I will lift just a little bit heavier and also kick up my cardio to get a little bit more definition.

On the day of the shoot, I hit the gym very hard to bring lots of blood to all major muscle groups.  If there is any down time during the shoot, I will perform pushups and squats to maintain blood flow.  I use body oils and a cock ring to accentuate roundness in all the right places 😉

Models can’t always eat great what is your favorite guilty pleasure in food?
I love pizza!!!  Any and all styles of pizza.
We are an underwear blog so what makes up your underwear drawer? (what percentage of briefs, boxer briefs, jocks, thongs do you have?)
I model a ton and I always get to keep the underwear… I have 4 huge drawers filled to the brim of underwear.  I have equal parts of briefs, boxer briefs, jocks, and thongs.  Each style gets its own drawer!
What is one word that describes you?
If you were stranded on a deserted island what is one thing you must have with you?
I must have my phone! lol!
What is your favorite color?
I love gold because of the color and what it represents… wealth, luxury, and power!
What is a fact about you that would surprise our readers? (are you shy? Love disco? Know all the words to Star Wars?)
It always surprises people when I tell them I am from Wagoner, Oklahoma… an extremely tiny town with no supportive art programs.  So I didn’t start my artistic dance, aerial, and modeling education until I was 19 years old.
Quick Fire Questions: Answer with one or two words
  • Thong or jock? Jock
  • What was the last movie you saw? Black Panther
  • Swim Brief or Trunk for the beach? Swim Brief
  • Do you work out in the morning, afternoon or night? Afternoon
  • What color swim do you look best in? White
  • Favorite beach in the world? Bora Bora
  • Dream trip you’ve always wanted to take? Spain
  • Fav style of underwear? (Brief, bikini, thong, jock, etc) Jock
  • Cats or dogs? Dogs
  • Comedy or Drama? Drama
Where can our readers find you on the net and social media?

IG: @AntonioMartinezLA (I def use the most)

Twitter: @AntonioAerial


YouTube: Antonio Martinez Channel

Tumbr: AntonioMartinezEntertainer

We got a chance to interview one of my favorite models DW Chase. We hope you enjoy it as well

Why did you want to get into modeling?

Assuming that means “why” did I get into modeling? Out of boredom honestly. I was a country boy from the backwoods of NC and started posting on Myspace before I started getting serious and getting legitimate offers to do professional photoshoots.

Why underwear/swimwear underwear/swimwear?

Being short, not particularly having a great face, I decided to focus more on my body and then my body hair, which lent itself to less clothing. I became very interested in wearing and promoting swimwear since I moved to an island after college. American’s seem to terrified of men wearing “speedos” or smaller, more comfortable swimwear, so I wanted to be apart of helping educate and making that more of a normal concept.

What do you think sets you apart from other models in the industry?

That I have never been with an agency. My degree is in mass communication and I’ve never understood why most models, or these Instagram stars, sign with agencies when they could book their own shoots and get their own stuff published online. It just takes the incentive to do so. I try to keep my work very updated, and always strive to push forward where a lot of these models you will see them get popular for a small period of time and then disappear.

What shoots have you done so far?(Which brands/photogs have you worked with?

At the moment of this interview, I have completed 112 shoots. I have been lucky and blessed enough to work with talented photographers from all over the globe. Ev Dylan, Calvin Brockington, David Wagner, those photographers really helped shape my image and modeling work early on. Recent photographers like Tyson Vick, Carlos Trey Salazar and Jeffery Beasley have helped push me into new territories of male modeling. I have worked with so many great brands like CA-RIO-CA, Manus, LASC, Mertailor, Marcuse, CharliebyMZ, Salem Alba, Mahjii, the list of swimwear goes on and on.

Underwear has many styles from boxer briefs to thongs. Do you have any pairs you don’t want to wear on a shoot?

I have worn some pretty outrageous stuff over the years, so no, I’ll model anything if the concept, vision, and circumstance is good.

We have seen you in a lot of swimwear shoots, why do you tend to do more swim shoots?

Because I live on an island, I am always in the sun, at the beach. My interest in travel is always somewhere with an ocean or body of water, so I always try to schedule or set up a photoshoot when I travel. Brands are always sending me items to include on photoshoots. It’s just where my interest is.

Are there any underwear/swimwear brands you’d love to work with? Why?

So many great ones I haven’t worn or modeled for yet. Aronik interests me, Ildes have great designs, but honestly, I love discovering new brands that maybe have not hit the mainstream yet. I am always looking to turn someone on to a new brand.

Which photographers would you love to work with on a project?

I want to work with Jorge Rivas again, I have reached out to photographer Menelik Puryear (HardCiderNY) numerous times, he is one of my favorite artists. I would also love the change to work with Paul Freeman and Hayden Su before I call it quits.

You are always posting pics of you in swim briefs on the beach. Have you ever been the only guy in them on the beach when everyone else was in shorts? If so how did you feel?

I find myself the ONLY guy on the beach many times, ha ha. I typically seek out secluded beaches where other people don’t frequent. I am not one for crowds. However, yes, many times, I am the only one in briefs. I wear them because they look better, fit better, are more comfortable, dry quicker and create a much better tan line.

Outside of modeling and working out what do you do in your down time? What are your hobbies and interests?

I have 5 jobs, I rarely have down town outside of work, modeling and fitness training. Whenever I do have free time I like to travel, skateboard, bike and just chill on the beach. I cook a lot too, prepare most of my meals.

What type of fitness regime do you do to keep in shape, and does it change when you do a shoot?

I maintain the same regime all year long, including diet. You won’t ever hear me saying “getting my body back”. I believe in consistency, I’m always ready for a shoot. I don’t take a break from healthy eating or regular workouts.

Models can’t always eat great what is your favorite guilty pleasure in food?

Sure they can, most just choose not to. The only pleasure food I allow myself is sweet tea. I forbid all other bad things from my diet and have for years. I prefer abs over food.

We are an underwear blog so what makes up your underwear drawer? (what percentage of briefs, boxer briefs, jocks, thongs do you have?)

My closet is all briefs. One of my favorite underwear brands right now is Skull & Bones, I did a shoot for them last year, and they are super comfortable.

What is one word that describes you?


If you were stranded on a deserted island what is one thing you must have with you?

Logically a knife

What is your favorite color


What is a fact about you that would surprise our readers? (are you shy? Love disco? Know all the words to Star Wars?)

That my “DW Chase” persona is nothing like me. I don’t party, I don’t go out, I don’t drink alcohol, I don’t curse, and I am not sexually active.

Quick Fire Questions: Answer with one or two words

  • Thong or jock? Jock
  • What was the last movie you saw? 13 Hours (German film about man who almost assassinated Hitler)
  • Swim Brief or Trunk for the beach? Brief
  • What is your favorite movie? The Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • Do you work out in the morning, afternoon or night? Whenever I have a chance
  • Would you ever wear a swim thong? Sure!
  • What color swim do you look best in? Purple
  • Favorite beach in the world? Waipio Valley Black Sand Beach – Big Island Hawaii
  • Dream trip you’ve always wanted to take? New Zealand
  • Fav style of underwear? (Brief, bikini, thong, jock, etc) Brief
  • Cats or dogs? Cats

Where can our readers find you on the net and social media?



AustralianI really appreciate this you are one of my favorite models right now in the world of underwear. I think you will continue to grow in your career. Here are the questions:

Thanks for taking time to answer a few questions. You are blowing up on social media and we wanted to let our readers get to know you better. I was looking through some of our photo archives and found a shoot you did with Flash Avenue a few years ago. You have really done some awesome pictures.

You have an amazing look and are gaining a following, what made you want to pursue modeling? What was your first job?
Thanks, that’s very kind of you to say. I first started modelling when I was a college/university student back in Texas. One of my friends had gotten a job to walk in a local menswear show and asked me to come along. It started as just an easy way to make some extra money in between classes.


Looking back on your modeling career, what shoot do you consider your breakthrough in your career?
There have been two moments. The first was when I was living in Hong Kong and got my first print editorial. It was for a magazine called MrMr and was designed around this great snakeskin Vivienne Westwood suit. That really raised my profile over there. The second moment was here in London about three years ago when I first shot with Kadmil – a Serbian photographer who has done some of my favourite images. Two of the images ended up on covers which again raised my profile here and really set me on the path I’m on now.

You have shot for AMU and Flash Avenue Studios a lot recently. Which shoot has been your favorite? Why?
I had the pleasure to work a lot with Flash Avenue this past year. My favourite shoot with them would have to be my very first one. Firstly it was with a group of great guys – it’s always a bit more fun when you’re not alone – and secondly the sets were very cool. The one that sticks out in my mind was a huge white block with a circle cut out of the middle. We all took turns posing inside the circle and it ended up looking almost acrobatic. The background was a hot pink gel, the circle was white and we were in black Marco Marco underwear. It looked really cool.


Speaking of Flash Avenue Studios. This year you have a calendar coming out for 2016. Tell us about the calendar and what we can expect?
Yes, the calendar is actually available for pre-sale right now ( It will be shipped at the beginning of December but all the images have been taken and I’m very happy with it. It’s a compilation of some of the most popular images I have done with Flash Avenue over the last six months.  In addition to several new ones that are exclusive to the Calendar.

Part of the proceeds go to charity. What charity did you choose and why?
Yes part of the proceeds will be donated to BLISS, which is a UK charity associated with premature birth; I chose that charity because I was born twelve weeks prematurely – I was tiny at only 3 pounds 15 ounces. I had to spend over a month in the intensive care.  In fact that white mark you can sometimes see on my chest is a result of a heart monitor that was placed on me while I was in there.

All shoots are different but have you ever had a challenging shoot? If so why was it challenging?
Oh yes I have a few. The ones that have been most challenging were because of the cold and weather. It’s just not fun to pose outside in underwear/swimwear when it is cold. But living in Northern Europe like we do sometimes you have to do it. The one I remember most vividly was a shoot I did in Berlin with Tim Mueller. He had secured the top of one Berlin’s tallest buildings as the shoot site. It was October and while it was a beautiful crystal clear blue sky day, it was only a few degrees – and really windy. There were five of us on that shoot. I can remember all of us sitting huddled under a few blankets waiting to be called out one at a time to shoot the set. The look on the face of the guy who was called as he had to throw off the blankets and face the wind was priceless. I’ve never been so cold in my life but in retrospect it was actually funny – and the photos were amazing.

As we have said, you have worked a lot with Flash Avenue Studios and AMU. Are there any brands or photographers you would like to work with that you have not worked with yet?
Many. There are so many photographers all over the world that I would love to get to work with. Rick Day, Wong Sim, Bruce Webber, Marco Ovando… the list goes on. Most of the time distance is the limiting factor since I’m based here in London. I travel a lot and try and make people aware when I’m going to be somewhere but there never seems to be enough time!

When you are not in front of the camera looking great in AMU underwear, what do you do in your spare time?
I’m religious about the gym and going on my runs. I’ve always liked fitness which is part of the reason I’ve been able to do this job. I can cook too. Other than that it’s spending time with my partner and relaxing. I read a lot and I love a good TV series.

Working out and looking great is important for modeling underwear. Is there any specific kind of diet and exercise do you do to prepare for shoots?
For shoot prep I tend to limit carb intake the day before and cut out water from midnight the day of a shoot. I’m not too fussy about it though as I’ve never had a particularly ‘dry’ looking physique and it hasn’t hurt me thus far. I find that its general consistency with exercise and diet that will get you to where you want to be on shoot day.


Before modeling underwear did you like great underwear before shooting it?
I’ve always been a fan of underwear. I can remember growing up in Texas. The first time I tried on a pair of coloured briefs – they were red 2xist and what a revelation!

Being an underwear blog we must ask what makes up your underwear drawer?
20% Boxers, 60% Briefs, 20% jocks, thongs and other miscellaneous.

AMU underwear has shot you in mesh but what is the craziest pair of underwear you have ever worn for a shoot?
That would have to be another AMU pair. It was actually just a pouch that hung in front with a waist band.  There was no connector or anything that went under and around. We had a fun time figuring out how to wear those properly but we got there in the end.


When your name is mentioned more people know who you are how are you adjusting to the fame in the underwear world? When we Tweet about you people love your pics.
It’s very flattering and I always appreciate the support and messages I get from people. I’m just happy that there’s a group of people who enjoy my work and what I’m doing – I certainly am enjoying myself.

As you progress in your career what are your goals for your career modeling and beyond?
I’d love to have a long career. That’s the ultimate goal for any model since age limits how long it can be. Men have a bit of an easier time of it but that’s only if you can transition into the hot Dad/businessman look. I think it’s inevitable that the underwear jobs will eventually dry up and that’s ok. I’ll keep taking them until they do and after that do my best to look sexy and intriguing with clothes on!

What advice were you giving starting out that you can pass along to aspiring models?
Show up and be on time. If you’re professional it goes a long way. I’m amazed at how doing something that simple can really set you apart – but it does.

Thanks Andrew for taking the time to answer our questions. We look forward to seeing you very soon in new shoots!

Find Andrew on Twitter as @ACMLondon and Instagram as acmorrill

Model Profile (1)Many of you guys have Seen Logan Swiecki-Taylor over the years. He’s been the “face” of Rufskin for the past few years. I have known him for a few years and he’s an amazing guy. He sat down with us to answer a few quick questions so you guys can get to know him a bit better!

What was your first modeling job and how did you come to get it?

Well my first 100% legit, super, awesome, great job was Rufskin. They found me though Facebook almost 4 years ago.

10357720_864012980279778_6713148876512985819_oWhat made you want to pursue modeling?

I was more or less put into it because of one of my mothers hair dressers when I was younger “hes so cute he should model”, All the castings I went to never were fruitfull till I was out of college.

Do you have a shoot that you consider your breakthrough in your career?

I did a bunch of test shoots in Greece which helped me build a deccent “book” which led to Rufskin discovering me.

11817199_10207409476613929_711299748099802020_nWhich shoot has been your favorite? Why?

Rufskin, Rufskin, Rufskin! No other group or photographer has been able to share, create, and capture the energy that they do!

Which shoot has been your most challenging?  

With the team that Rufskin has there is no such thing as a “challenge”.

10257581_841343929213350_7099201618281977213_oAre there any brands or photographers you would like to work with that you have not worked with yet?

Never really though about it… Maybe someone or something along the lines of action and extreme sports (jumping out of a plane on fire while naked type stuff)

What is something our readers don’t know about you outside of modeling that you want them to know?

I’m hella shy but an all round nice guy once my shells cracked.

What kind of diet and exercise do you do to prepare for shoots?

Its not so much preparing for shoots… My lifestyle/passion is anything fitness related the side effects result in looking good naked. I’m Paleo-ish, love fruits, veggies, meat, and seafood. It boils down to eating REAL food thats minimally processed. Good in = Good out.

IMG_8104Favorite cheat meal?

I scream you scream we all scream for ICE CREAM

Were you a fan of underwear before modeling?

No and I still enjoy comando!

Looking at your underwear drawer, what is it made up of?

33.3% Boxers, 33.3% Briefs, 33.3% jocks 100% Rufskin


The craziest pair of underwear you have ever worn?

Le Sac by Rufskin which has been recreated and is now Asusa. Nice pouch for your man bits to just hang out in. (pictured Above)

What are your goals for your career?

Ive never set any goals for my modeling, I’ve always just “gone with the flow bro”. It’s gotten me this far and I’m happy. In the end as long as I’m happy thats all that needs to be planned for.

What is the best advice anyone gave you when you started your modeling career?

Don’t get your hopes up, its a cut-throat industry… but don’t give up. Everyone knows someone else use that to your advantage.

See more of Logan at the Rufskin site!

Picture by Dylan Rosser

We have along history with Eric Turner here at UNB. He has always supported us and been a good friend to the blog. He is one of the first models I ever met. He’s never had attitude, but he’s always been a pleasure to work with. He is also one of the funniest people I know! He’s now branched out and started his own line of underwear called Oryx

What was your first modeling job and how did you come to get it?

When I was 16 I knew a woman who was doing a runway show that involved hair modeling. She asked me to do it, so I did.

What made you want to pursue modeling?

I don’t know if I’d say modeling is something I’ve ever truly ‘pursued.’ It’s something I’ve always as a fun, side thing to everything else I have going on. It just so happens that it’s lead to other opportunities in my life, but I’ve never actually pursued the modeling.

Pistol Pete - Photo By James Franklin
Pistol Pete – Photo By James Franklin

Do you have a shoot that you consider your breakthrough in your career?

The first time I met with an agent, she looked at several photos I’d had taken, and then looked across her desk at me and said, “There’s nothing I can do to help you.” So I determined that I needed to be realistic about my modeling ‘expectations’ and get a real job. I moved to Phoenix a couple years later, and Carlos Arias tried to convince me to shoot. It took him a year to convince me to finally shoot, and after we did it opened up all sorts of other opportunities for me.

Which shoot has been your favorite? Why?

Morne’ and I shot with Dylan Rosser in Ibiza. Aside from Dylan being a really great and fun guy, the shoot was an excuse for a vacation in paradise. When we weren’t shooting with Dylan, we were experiencing everything the Mediterranean had to offer: incredible food, amazing scenery and sunsets, and some of the most incredible beaches in the world. They say that everything in life is better when you have someone to share it with, and it just ended up being an incredible experience, being able to experience it with Morne’.

Photo by Eric Dickson for Oryx
Photo by Eric Dickson for Oryx

Which shoot has been your most challenging? Why?

The first time I shot with Pat Lee in Chicago, it was the day before a bodybuilding show. As such, I was very depleted, with low energy, and little water. We ended up getting incredible shots, but I’ve never cramped so bad in all my life, as when I was trying to flex and hold poses for Pat.

Are there any brands or photographers you would like to work with that you have not worked with yet?

Now having started my own brand of underwear, Oryx, it’s been my main focus for shoots. I’ve been really lucky to have worked with some world-class photographers. Of anyone I can think I’d want to shoot with, it’s Simon Le, in Australia. But the distance has posed a problem. And if he was still living, I’d JUMP at the opportunity to shoot with Herb Ritts. He was an incredible photographer, and every one of his images has become iconic when thinking about the male figure. Two I would also like to work with are Serge Lee and Tibo Norman

What is something our readers don’t know about you outside of modeling that you want them to know?

I’m actually really shy and get really bad social anxiety around people I don’t know. If I’m at a house party, I’ll always be up against the wall, minding my own business- and never the guy who is the life of the party, unless I feel really comfortable with the people who are there.

Photo By Pat Lee
Photo By Pat Lee

What kind of diet and exercise do you do to prepare for shoots?

When I’m prepping for a shoot I increase my cardio slowly over the weeks preceding the shoot, and I start cycling my carbs. It’s unhealthy to go completely low carb. So I’ll have days where I do low carb to draw the fat out, but then days with medium and high carbs to re-energize myself.

Favorite cheat meal?

Cake, cookies, and ice cream. I LOVE baked goods.

Were you a fan of underwear before modeling?

Absolutely. I had several drawers full of underwear, most of them I’d never even wear.

Looking at your underwear drawer, what is it made up of? % boxer briefs, % briefs, % jocks, % thongs.

I’d say 60% briefs, 30% trunks, and 10% boxer briefs. No thongs and no jock straps.


The craziest pair of underwear you have ever worn?

As a gag one year for Halloween I wore a thong that had an elephant trunk in the front.

What are your goals for your career?

To build Oryx to be a lifestyle brand that comes to people’s minds when they think of quality and great fitting underwear.

What is the best advice anyone gave you when you started your modeling career?

Be realistic. Honestly, the best thing that ever happened to me was the agent who told me that I’d never be a model. It made me realize how fickle this industry is. A model can be the most perfect model one person has ever seen, and to the person next to them they can be hideous looking. That experience helped me to realize that if I was ever going to do any modeling, that it needed to be something I did on the side, because I’d never make a living out of it- at least not a long-term career. Most models have such unrealistic expectations. At any given time, there are 5 or 6 supermodels in the world, and none of them are male. So having realistic expectations of what to expect out of a ‘modeling career’ is critical to not only not be disappointed, but having a real job that’s going to provide for you.

Find Eric on: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram


In our latest Model Profile we sit down with Maurice Bright. He’s an up and coming model in the world of underwear. Here is your chance to get to know more about this amazing guy.

What was your first modeling job and how did you come to get it?

My 1st modeling job was a swimwear style shoot for Lupo. I got the job by building a solid relationship with Lupo North America’s general manager Malcolm over time and he believed in me before I really did any extensive modeling.

What made you want to pursue modeling?

For a long time I felt like from head to toe I was a rarity in appearance. Attractive enough to fit a “model” mold but unique looking enough to be able to rise in the ranks efficiently given the work.

Do you have a shoot that you consider your breakthrough in your career?

The Lupo shoot, by far. Working with photographer Rawy Rayan to create those images really set the tone for my career.


Which shoot has been your favorite? Why?

My latest shoot for my Chocolat campaign, with photographer Diana Etienne. I really liked that shoot because it was not so “harsh” so to speak, a lot softer and artistic than my previous shoots.

Which shoot has been your most challenging? Why?

The Lupo shoot was the most challenging simply because it was a 5 hour shoot in the BLAZING heat haha.

Are there any brands or photographers you would like to work with that you have not worked with yet?

I’d love to work with Ricky Day, his work his phenomenal. I’d also like to shoot with Luis Rafael. As far as brands, I’m quite comfortable with the idea of modeling for Lupo exclusively to be honest.


What is something our readers don’t know about you outside of modeling that you want them to know?

Uhm, I’ve been actively writing poetry for about 14 years of my life now and I love it!

What kind of diet and exercise do you do to prepare for shoots?

My diet is more flexible than other’s may think – I frequent Chinese food, Wendy’s and etc. but I make sure these foods fit my macronutrient requirements for the day. I tend to cut out diet sodas as a shoot nears as well. The exercises I do remain the same, lifting heavy but I do add more high intensity interval training like speed clean & jerks to shed a wee bit more body fat if needed.


Favorite cheat meal?

I’ve recently rekindled my love for brownies so yeah, those haha.

Were you a fan of underwear before modeling?

Not really but I’m discovering some really gnarly brands out there so I’m learning more as the days go by!

Looking at your underwear drawer, what is it made up of?  % boxer briefs, % briefs, % jocks, % thongs.

My underwear drawer is 70% boxers and 30% briefs but I’m really interested in trying out some jocks especially given my activeness.

The craziest pair of underwear you have ever worn?

Haven’t worn anything TOO crazy to be honest. I’d say these really tight Hollister briefs haha, didn’t really anticipate how snug they were going to be but my thighs and glutes are quite muscular so yeah.


What are your goals for your career?

To be one of the most known muscle models in the world, scoring a slew of work in underwear modeling but also remaining well respected in the fit model community.

What is the best advice anyone gave you when you started your modeling career?

“Don’t ever rush greatness, continuously feed it and be patient about it’s growth.”

(Pics from Lupo swimwear campaign with photographer Rawy Rayan)

Find Maurice on Social media – Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr


What was your first modeling gig and how did you come to get it?
I live in Chicago, and every year there’s this event called “Out at the Park” held at Six Flags. This organization rents out Six Flags and al the queers come out and ride the rides and get drunk and it’s super duper fun. Last year, I took a party bus sponsored by one of the bars, and my partner and I made all sorts of new friends. One of the people we met was a scout for an agency in Chicago, and while we were in line for the wooden old roller coaster, he turned to me and asked me if I’d ever considered modeling before. I laughed about it, and thought it was the funniest thing, and then he followed up the next day and was like “no seriously you should submit.” I’d showed up to an open call with a bunch of printed off Instagram selfies, and somehow got signed. They hooked me up with a bunch of really great photographers, and I’ve been going on shoots pretty consistently ever since. So, I guess my “first modeling gig” was “getting drunk at Six Flags,” and it’s been a roller coaster ride ever since.

What made you want to pursue modeling?IMG_5561
I really enjoy photo shoots! I could try to fancy myself up and be all like “I enjoy the art of collaboration” but that’d be a lie. I like to laugh, and usually I laugh a lot on shoots.

Which shoot do you consider your breakthrough in your career?
I mean, my shoot with Ross Haley for MalePower got me here, so that’s pretty cool. Let’s go with that.

Which shoot has been your favorite? Why?
One of my very first shoots as a “professional” was with my good friend Caitlainne Gurreri, who’s based out of LA but gets to Chicago a lot. Her and I have been close since my second semester of college, and she has this amazing sense of composition. I asked her if she could take some ‘lifestyle’ shots of my boyfriend and I in our first apartment together, after I got us kicked out because I got in a fight with the washing machine (I’d like to say there’s more to the story than that, but that pretty much sums it up), and that shoot was absolutely my #1 favorite shoot. Working with Caitlainne was so easy, and shooting with Dave (my BF) was so much fun because literally all we did was laugh at each other and the silly faces we were making. Caitlainne and I have worked together solo a few times since then, and her and I have a great working relationship, she’s the person I go to whenever I have a question or a worry (or even when I get asked to fill out an interview by a fun underwear blog!), but there was something special about that first shoot with her, and his name is Dave. =) BY THE WAY. She’s the best. I’ve also worked with Ray of Covet Images a bunch, and have loved working with him. We have a super similar aesthetic, and it’s really easy to work with somebody who’s as easy-going as he is.

Which shoot has been your most challenging? Why?
My agency hooked me up with a shoot for Ward’s catalogue, and it was the first hot summer day of 2015, and we were inside and I was wearing Phat Farm winter coats. It was so sweaty! But look for me in a money mailer coming your way!
Are there any brands or photographers you would like to work with that you have not worked with yet?
SO MANY! Kevin of the @skinlikedawnproject has some really fantastic stuff, and we’re mutual admirers of each other’s work. I’m hoping to maybe get something set up with him when my BF and I visit Georgia later this year (hi Kevin!). There’s the team at @skinandbonemag who I’ve been trading messages back and forth with, I think their shoots are really fun to page through! Brandswise, I’d love to work with Pump!, but I need a bunch more Instagram followers (and abs) before that’s a thing that could happen.
What is something that your fans don’t know about you outside of modeling that you want them to know?
I am a huge baseball fan, like to the point of subscribing to statistics websites and memorizing Moneyball (the book, notIMG_5503 the movie) as a teenager. and I’m named after the Hall of Fame shortstop for the St Louis Cardinals, Ozzie Smith. My team is the Minnesota Twins, though, who are having an AMAZING season out of nowhere, and I’m so proud of my boys.
But I can tell you exactly what idiot transactions led to the tire fire that is the 2015 Miami Marlins, or talk for hours about why the Anaheim Angels are my least favorite team in the game(I will never forgive them for 2002). I also love how the sport has really nailed the presentation of statistics to the casual fan; a big part of my day job is figuring out how to translate complex statistics and trends to laypeople, and find myself idolizing the writing staffs at Fangraphs and Grantland for their ability to turn the databases and pie graphs into compelling stories.
So that’s what you should all know about me.
What kind of diet and exercise do you do to prepare for shoots?
I try to eat relatively healthy, which makes it easy to prepare because you’re starting off from a good base. I start every day with a green smoothie (which started when I was unemployed and I got drunk and bought this app that had like 20 recipes for $6, so then I woke up the next day and was like “shit I better actually use this, I don’t have the $6 to justify just deleting this.” And I ended up really liking how they helped me to jump start my day, especially compared to the Cinnamon Toast Crunch I was eating in the mornings before that). I try not to eat too much meat and avoid dairy (I’m very lactose intolerant), I get most of my protein from nuts and powders (by the way, those plant-based powders are a god-send for us lactose-free folks). I go to the gym regularly, I like morning gym time because it’s easier to start your day with gym energy than to muster it after a long day at the office.
So for shoot-specific prep, I make sure that I’ve gone to the gym a few times the week before, I make sure that I didn’t eat a pint of ice cream the night before, and I make sure I had a good nights sleep. That’s about all you can do while staying sane.
Looking at your underwear drawer, what is it made up of?  % boxer briefs, % briefs, % jocks, % thongs.
All briefs and jocks. No thongs, I don’t like their feel or the way the sit on me. Boxer briefs are the worst, they roll up my legs and never make me feel cute. You’ll find a lot of 2xist, a lot of Andrew Christian, and a lot of underwear that makes me feel good. Underwear is literally the only thing you wear that is JUST for you, so it better make you feel good.
The craziest pair of underwear you have ever worn?
There’s this see-through neon mesh pair of Andrew Christians I have…does that count?
Most embarrassing photo shoot situation?
I don’t get embarrassed that much, if I feel myself beginning to feel weird I just start to laugh about it instead. Though if you ask my boyfriend, or most of my close friends, they’ve all seen some pretty amazing embarrassing pictures of me.
I guess there was this one shoot I did where I was sucking popsicles and wearing a swimsuit that gave me mom butt, but that was so much fun to shoot! Plus I got to eat like six popsicles, so really, it all worked out.
I said above that I’m lactose intolerant, but I also live in Chicago, and sometimes the pizza is worth the bloat. Piece Pizza in Wicker Park is my favorite, which is great because I work right down the street for my day job. And when the BF and I want to order in, we have this place called Nancy’s which is so good but also always surprisingly expensive. I spent $40 the last time we ordered there, for one pizza. But it was so worth it.
What goes through your mind right before you have to do these revealing shoots?
“I’m hungry. Should I have eaten something? Did I leave the air conditioner on? What am I making for dinner tonight? Oh no, tomorrow is laundry day. I hate laundry day. Maybe I can make boo do it, instead. How can I trick boo into thinking it’s his turn to do the laundry? Is it too hot in here? It’s totally too hot in here, I’m sweating balls. Do I get to run the music for this shoot? Gesuz, that’s a lot of pressure. What if they hate my playlist choices? Everybody likes Kanye West, right? Yeah, it’ll be fine. Everybody loves Kanye.”I have lots of thoughts. Most of them have nothing to do with the shoot. I’ll get up in my head about it before I even walk in the room, and that’s not how you wanna approach life.
What are your goals for your career?
Well, I’ve surpassed most of the goals I set for myself when I started doing this, so I guess it’s time to reevaluate. I’d really like to take a selfie next to a picture of myself on a train platform, I think that’d be hilarious and I’d have FAR too much fun with that. Can you imagine the Facebook likes I’d get?? I’d also like to work with a menswear store in Chicago, for a full lookbook, like what’s going on at Akira Mens this fall, oh look it’s Ozzie! That’d be super fun.
And then to keep working with super cool people! I’ve met some really funny folks doing this, and want to keep that going!
What is the best advice anyone gave you when you started your modeling career?
When I was just starting, Caitlainne told me to just go on as many shoots as possible. I had no idea what I looked like on camera, and it takes a lot of effort to get it right. I still think I have work to do, but the only way you can get better at it is if you actually do it. Even if it means working for free, getting the experience valuable.
Find Ozzie online at:
 Instagram (@oztotten008)
Twitter (@oztots008)
Model Mayhem (3617660)
Pictures other than selfies by RSH Photography featuring MalePower Underwear.

UNB Model Profile featuring Bruin Collinsworth


I had the privilege of connecting with Bruin on Twitter after seeing some of his work through some photographers we know.  With that face and that body, who could resist the chance to profile him.  Bruin talked to UNB about his Nasty Pig beginning, the fun he has had in front of the camera, and the modeling gene in his blood.

UNB Kyle:  Thank you for taking the time to share some of your career with us.  What was your first modeling gig and how did you come to get it?

Bruin:  My first legitimate gig was shooting for Nasty Pig Spring 2014. Earlier that year I went to MAL and visited the NP booth and told a random guy who was working for them how much I loved their jocks. Low and behold the person I told this to was David Lauterstein and he asked if I modeled.  At the time, all of my gigs were so small I usually got paid in the underwear or all I got out of them was the photos for me to use in my portfolio. I told him yes and we kept in contact until Easter weekend.  I was planning a trip to NYC with friends at which point I told David that I was visiting and we planned our shoot.

Kyle:  A great start for what was just a simple fan interaction at the time.  What made you want to pursue modeling?image

Bruin:  My grandmother was a model and I always thought she was so glamorous that I wanted to do it. I’m also a performer at heart and that’s why I enjoy doing runway work so much because its like a performance.

Kyle:  So modeling was definitely in your blood.  Which shoot do you consider your breakthrough in your career?

Bruin:  Without a doubt it was the Nasty Pig shoot. After those photos were released I would go places and get recognized. to say I felt famous was an understatement. They were picked up by and it really took off. It was because of that shoot that I moved to NYC last summer to really pursue modeling.

Kyle:  Great first story which ended up being your breakthrough!  Does any shoot stand out as a favorite?

Bruin:  At the end of my summer in NYC I got the opportunity to work with Marco Ovando just as a portfolio builder but I had been wanting to shoot with him for so long that there was a lot of build up it. It was everything that I expected and the shots turned out so well. I ended up using them for most of my portfolio.

imageKyle:  That is where I first saw your pic and it was beautiful!  Any difficult shoots that you have had?

Bruin:  In Chicago I worked with Colin Davis for one of his still life shots in which I was a table with a table top sat on my back with multiple things on it. Fortunately there was a support table under me but I was basicly sandwiched between these 2 things and had stay there for a long periods of time while they staged the photo. I’m a tough guy but that was rough. The shot tuned out great and at the end of the day that’s what it’s all about.

Kyle:  I can imagine something that seems so simple to an amateur can end up being so demanding and difficult.  Are there any brands or photographers you would like to work with that you have not worked with yet

Bruin:  Because of how well the shoot went with Marco I would love the chance to work with him again and shoot for Slick It Up. Rick Day was another photographer in NYC that I wish I would have gotten a chance to work with. His work always looks so polished.

Kyle:  I am sure your phone will be ringing with the chances.  What is something that your fans don’t know about you outside of modeling that you want them to know?

Bruin:  I love to learn new things. I watch the History Channel and play games like Jeopardy and Trivial Pursuit because I learn some of the most random facts and it really changes me mentally.

Kyle:  You enjoy exercising your mind.  Your body looks great too.  What kind of diet and exercise do you do to prepare for shoots?  And how about when you sneak in a cheat meal?

Bruin:  My diet really never changes for a shoot. I always tend to eat well. Every night for dinner its some sort of protein (steak, flsh, chicken) with light seasoning and roasted vegetables, usually green beans or diced peppers. The exercises vary depending on what type of shoot I’m doing. If its underwear I’m going to work on getting my butt a little bigger and my core a little tighter but if its more clothing then I’m going to work more upper body to get the shirt fitting a little more fitted.  

There is nothing better after eating well all week than a huge Chicago style deep dish pizza! It has so much cheese and meat that after a couple slicesI  have to call it quits and save the rest for lunch.

Kyle:  Good routines.  They work for you as we enjoy the butt and underwear shoots!  Speaking of underwear, what do you prefer? % boxer briefs, % briefs, % jocks, % thongs.

Bruin:  I’m not sure on specific percentages but the majority of my underwear collection is briefs with jockstraps as a close second. I have boxer briefs and thongs too.  On a day to day basis I don’t wear them nearly as much as briefs or jockstraps.

Kyle:  I appreciate a man who isn’t afraid to own some thongs!  And now, the craziest pair of underwear you have ever worn?image

Bruin:  For a runway show I wore a pair of black mesh briefs so it left very little to the imagination. They are extremely hot but I have to be strategic about where I can wear them.

Kyle:  Keep those for special viewing only I’m sure.  You sometimes have to put a lot out there on these shoots.  Stuff happens sometimes though I’m sure.  So, most embarrassing photo shoot situation?

Bruin:  This didn’t happen on the photo shoot but during shoots I try to be very professional but on my Nasty Pig shoot I was wearing these shorts that were pretty tight so tight that when I moved around things started to rub and the resulting photo had a pronounced bulge in the crotch area. I didn’t even notice it until multiple people including my mother noticed.

Kyle:  Nice dinner conversation I can imagine.  Besides what your mother will say, what goes through your mind right before you have to do these revealing shoots?

Bruin:  As soon as I get booked for a shoot I put together a playlist of music that I think fits the theme of whatever shoot I’m going to be doing. I listen to it on repeat until the day of the shoot. It gets me in a head space that I need to really perform well on the set. It also keeps my mind off the fact that I’m almost naked and keeps me calm. I tend to get myself over worked for shoots and that helps.

Kyle:  Music is a powerful tool. I love that though.  What are your goals for your career?

Bruin:  As much as I want to be the next big male underwear model,m I’m happy just having a steady stream of work coming in. Its not my main job so I’m not financially reliant on booking shoots every day but if I can make money and get my name out there I’ll be happy at the end of the day.

Kyle:  Well I hope big things continue to happen for you.  Finally, we have a lot of aspiring models that look to those like you for advice.  What is the best advice anyone gave you when you started your modeling career?

Bruin:  One of the first photographers told me to have fun with my shoots. He said if I’m not having fun then whats the point of it. Ever sense then I’ve always found the fun in the shoots that I get booked for.

Check out more of Bruin Collinsworth below:

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UNB Model Profile featuring Ajdin Sefer

STRIATE purple Ajdin


We spoke to Ajdin at the last Magic show and thought he would be a great addition to our model profile series which he was happy to do for us.  We love that his first gig was an underwear runway show, right up our alley.  He continues to share with us his special diet, desire to inspire, and Lady Gaga connection.

UNB Kyle:  I am glad that you spoke to UNB at Magic and joined us in this showcase.  Tell me how you got started in modeling?  

Ajdin:  My first gig was walking in an underwear runway show. I got the gig through the agency that I was signed to WoodMorning6_withlogo
at the time.

Kyle:  Starting off in our favorite department, underwear!  What made you want to pursue modeling?

Ajdin:  People at my gym would come up and tell me to try it but then a friend that was with an agency really suggested his agency multiple times. I thought that it would be really cool to try it but kept dragging it. Each time I saw him, we would talk about it and I would tell him that I’ve been wanting to but haven’t gotten a chance to go in yet since they only did open calls once a month. I finally got a chance to go in on the day that they had the open call and took digitals as well as filled out a form. They interviewed me and said they would e-mail me in two weeks. I ended up getting an email a few days later with a contract offer.

Kyle:  Sounds like your friend steered you in the right direction.  The agency clearly liked you because they snatched you up very quickly.  Since that first day, have you had a breakthrough moment yet?  

Ajdin:  There’s a few shoots that got me some good exposure but one of the biggest ones had to be playing lead role for a Lady Gaga music video “G.U.Y.” Once the video came out, I was receiving all types of e-mails, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. messages from all types of people. A lot of interviews came in from all kinds of web portals, T.V. networks, radio stations, etc.

Kyle:  I don’t doubt you became a big name after that.  Part of such a big pop phenomenon will definitely give you so much exposure.  What have you done in your career so far that has been a favorite moment?

Gaga And Me Screenshot JPegAjdin:  I don’t know if it’s fair to pick only one so I will list my top 3. One would have to be when I was flown out to Montreal, Canada to be a lead role for an international commercial. I spent a whole week there filming as well as shooting some stills and I loved every moment of it. Another one would be a commercial where I got my racing license and was able to drive an Indy Car on my own at 158 mph. The final and probably my all-time favorite up to date has to be the Lady Gaga shoot because I got to work with her and her complete team. Since my role in the video was to seduce her and it was just me and her on a floatie, we got to know each other really good in between takes and during takes. We had normal conversations where she asked me my name, where I’m from, and other casual questions.

Kyle:  Great choices!  A little modeling and acting combined in 3 great experiences.  I’m sure the music video was quite an experience and something you would think would be out of this world but probably felt very intimate and comfortable just talking like two normal people.  What have you found challenging in your shoots?

Ajdin:  One of the most challenging ones was a stop motion shoot I did for an app that will soon be available. It was a shoot that took over 12 hours to do. It was all still shots that were put into a motion and made into a commercial. Took forever to do and was dragging but I had a blast doing it.

Kyle:  That does sound like a very tiring but rewarding day.  Can’t wait to see what app this is.  Now I feel like everyone should have one, what about an embarrassing moment?

Ajdin:  I don’t know if I would consider it embarrassing but it was definitely funny to me. I was fortunate enough to be booked as the face for Envy Menswear. We took a couple test shots in the beginning to make sure everything looks how it’s supposed to. As they were looking at the screen to see if everything was how they wanted it, I noticed them talking to one another about something. Couple minutes go by, and they come up to me saying “everything looks great but since we’re working with a black backdrop, the little hairs on your legs and arms are sticking out and it would take forever to remove each piece of hair for the final shots especially since we are shooting the complete line.” They ended up making a trip to the store to buy me shave necessities and after about 30 minutes or more in the bathroom, I walked out with shaven legs and arms along with quite a few cut marks since it was my first time ever completely shaving legs and arms. They also had two ladies shaving my gluteus maximus which was also a first for me.

Kyle:  Feeling like a new man that day, or at least a smoother man!  That was nice of you to take one for the teamB-FNfiLCIAAmmNb
and do what needed to be done for the shoot.  Are there any brands or photographers you would like to work with that you have not worked with yet?

Ajdin:  I’m pretty sure that every fitness and underwear model will agree with me that the dream client to work with would be Calvin Klein, There’s a ton of other companies I would love to work with including Men’s Health, Nike, Adidas, Reebok and many more. We will see what happens.

Kyle:  I see you in those sporty mainstream lines.  Can’t wait for the dream to become a reality for you.  What is something that your fans don’t know about you outside of modeling that you want them to know?

Ajdin:  I was born and raised in Bosnia and Hercegovina, lived in Michigan for 15 years before moving to LA so my accent can be unique sometimes. Also, I tend to use my Snapchat quite a bit. I try to get a lot of behind the scenes at my shoots, gym updates, selfies, funny clips, and other random stuff that I see on the daily.

Kyle:  You just gave me an idea for a new post here on UNB.  We will have to talk about some of those behind the scenes and selfies!  Your body looks great!  What kind of diet and exercise do you do to prepare for shoots?

Ajdin:  I have a customized diet I created for myself and been using it for a couple years now. I eat my breakfast which is two parts, 4 of the prepared meals that I always have ready for me, and then for dinner I do a salad with either tuna or chopped up grilled chicken. I drink a gallon+ of water every single day. I slow down a lot couple days before and the day before and during shoot, I only drink when I absolutely have to.

Kyle:  Quite a routine you have there.  But clearly it pays off and you look incredible.  When you aren’t so strict on yourself, what is your favorite cheat meal?

Ajdin:  In N’ Out and Chipotle is a priority after my shoots. It’s tradition upon completion of my job 😉 When I am visiting Michigan, there’s quite a bit of cheat meals which are usually all Bosnian foods that my mom makes or that I get when we go out to eat.

Kyle:  I love that you have treat completion meals after a shoot.  Nice tradition to have.  What goes through your mind right before you have to do these revealing shoots?

Ajdin:  I have to make it the best shoot possible.

Kyle:  Well since you have been doing underwear since your first runway show you probably are very comfortable.  Speaking of underwear, what do you like outside of shoots?  % boxer briefs, % briefs, % jocks, % thongs.

Ajdin:  75% trunks and boxer briefs and 25% briefs. 

Kyle:  Pretty standard choices among many men.  What is the craziest pair of underwear you have ever worn?

Ajdin:  There’s been a few crazy ones but if the Borat one piece counts as underwear then that one is definitely the craziest I’ve ever worn and it was for a campaign I did.

Kyle:  Haha that iconic piece of underwear.  I am sure that was the one and only time you have worn that.  What are your goals for your career?

Ajdin:  I will continue to push myself to keep booking shoots whether they are print, commercial, music videos, etc. I’m always trying my best to push others and motivate them to chase their dreams because with hard work and dedication, anything is possible. It’s an amazing feeling when I get an e-mail or a message on social media from other people (a lot of times people I don’t even know) saying that I’ve been inspiring them and proving to them that anything is possible.

Kyle:  I love that you want to inspire people.  We get many comments on these profiles from aspiring models who appreciate the feedback that you share.  Finally, what is the best advice anyone gave you when you started your modeling career that you want to pass on to those reading this profile?

Ajdin:  The best advice that I get is from my mom and from the motivation quotes. I’ve been looking up and coming up with my own motivational quotes for a while now and it’s the first thing I turn to if I’m having a bad day or if I haven’t booked for a while.

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UNB Model Profile featuring RKA

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After featuring Musclehead Graphics photographer JC Norton in a photographer profile, we started talking about the models he works with on his site and RKA quickly came up.  This up and coming model is looking to really jump start a career and feature his bodybuilder physique in the industry and we think he definitely has the look.

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UNB Kyle:  We are happy to have you here as we see the start of a successful careeer for you.  I know you work closely with Musclehead Graphics.  How did you start modeling?

RKA:  I got into modeling from my time competing in men’s physique.

UNB Kyle:  I can see how there are aspects of both that can relate to one another.  What made you want to pursue modeling?

RKA:  I just wanted to try something different.  I have been working my whole life in construction and after getting involved in the men’s physique competitions, it seemed like a path I wanted to explore.

UNB Kyle:  I think it’s great that you are exploring this new side to you.  Since you are newer to the industry, who are some models that you look up to or inspire to mimic? 

RKA:  A 70’s bodybuilder Frank Zane.  He wasn’t huge but had the best physique in my opinion, perfect symmetry.

UNB Kyle:  I looked him up.  Good choice to model after.  What are you most excited about by getting into the modeling industry?

RKA:  I am excited about it being something new.  I’ve worked construction my whole life so it will be a totally new experience.

UNB Kyle:  New experiences can be a great way to challenge yourself.  Maybe as a throw back to your career you can do some construction inspired modeling shoots!  What are your concerns or fears of the modeling industry?

RKA:  That it will be to hard to make a career of, to make any kind of income.

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UNB Kyle:  You are not alone in that thought.  A lot of models and photographers have that fear, especially when not in the main commercial arena of the business.  Have you had any challenging moments to date as you start on this journey?  

RKA:  This last shoot I did is for underwear.  This was challenging because I’ve never been shot in that way and I needed to get a little more comfortable in front of the camera versus being fully clothed in a shoot.

UNB Kyle:  Well the pictures look great!  You look like a natural.  Speaking of underwear, what do you typically wear?

RKA:  Boxer briefs.

UNB Kyle:  A boxer briefs guy.  I can see that with you line of construction work.  But it’s nice to see you shooting in all kinds of underwear.  You mentioned that it was challenging stripping down for the camera.  What goes through your mind right before you have to do these revealing shoots?

RKA:  Mostly hoping my body is in enough condition.

UNB Kyle:  I think we all agree it is in great condition!  What kind of diet and exercise do you do to keep your body in such great shape?

RKA:  High protein and fats, moderate carbs, not too low.  I like lifting heavy and little cardio.

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UNB Kyle:  The heavy lifting and high protein definitely pays off for that body.  But when you are feeling like cheating on your diet, what is your favorite cheat meal?

RKA:  Pancakes, of course.

UNB Kyle:  Ah, the good old breakfast foods!  Are there any brands or photographers you would like to work with in the future?

RKA:  I would like to work with Under Armour or Nike.  That would be cool.

UNB Kyle:  That seems to go with your workout and gym mindset.  Great brands to be featured with!  What is something that we don’t know about you outside of modeling?

RKA:  That I have been in construction since I was 12 years old and a licensed electrician.

UNB Kyle:  A man of many trades.  That is a good business to be in with the modeling career.  So much potential for side work to help with the income fears as you begin to succeed with your modeling.  What interests do you have away from the camera?

RKA:  Competing in either men’s physique or bodybuilding, and getting my clothing line going, Iron Made appeal.

UNB Kyle:  Construction, model, and entrepreneur.  You have a lot of great potential going on.  Can’t wait to see more of your Iron Made line.  What is some of the best advice anyone has given you for the modeling industry?

RKA:  You can do whatever you set your mind too.

UNB Kyle:  Determination will help you get far.  Great advice.  Finally, as you embark on this journey, what are your goals for your career?

RKA:  To inspire other to go after what they want and to want to live a healthy life.

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UNB Model & Photographer Profile featuring SILV

It’s always a privilege to talk to someone who has had experience both in front and behind the camera.  They can offer so much experience and knowledge to various models and photographers they work with.  SILV talks to us about his life in front and behind the camera, his passion for the art he makes, and his unique vision.

UNB Kyle:  Thanks for contacting me about being featured in a double feature profile!  Let’s start with the DSC_5956modeling side.  What was your first modeling gig and how did you come to get it?

SILV:  My sister is a wonderful photographer, and I used to assist when she had projects in mind. My first collaboration with another photographer came with Sam Cummins, also known as Sam Apple Photography. He was working on some interesting, arty concepts and asked me to be part of it.

Kyle:  So there is a gene in the family with this amazing talent I see.  What made you want to pursue it all?

SILV:  Co-creating with photographers, as I prefer to discuss it, has come from my own interest in photography and ridding of shameful concepts. I dove behind the lens years ago when I began working on my newest book, Toy Soldier. Initially, I thought it would allow me to network and find more individuals willing to pose for me, but then I acknowledged how liberating it has been for me.

The first time I posed nude in front of a camera was the first time I was nude, as an adult, in front of another adult. There was intention in utilizing photography as a means to work on the disconnect with my own body.

Since then, I have realized how important it is for me, being the person that I am, to be doing the work that I do; nude, gender-bending, etcetera.

Kyle:  That is a great vision of pictures to portray.  You seem to have developed a great comfort in the nude.  Which shoot do you consider your breakthrough in your career?

SILV:  This photographic journey has been full of excitement and great thematic work. However, the way I see a breakthrough, or epiphany, if you will, is the way I manifest life-changing connections with others. Through this creative path, I have found, met and fallen in love with a few fantastic friends. The first time that happened within the first months of me being in front of the lens consistently, was in San Diego with the man known as Yoga Bear Studios. It was not only my first more-than-one-day photographic extravaganza, and more mainstream session, but I now consider him a wonderful friend.

53dbdefac3151Kyle:  That is great that you have made some lifelong friends and consider those relationships breakthroughs instead of necessarily being on the cover of a magazine as a breakthrough.  Have you had a favorite shoot?

SILV:  Coño…there have been many wonderful sessions which are favorites. At the moment, anything with Drew’s Pride or Humon Photography. Andrew Graham is one of those magical beings who come along and shake you to the core. He is love, kindness, creativity and passion all in one tall, bearded package. By now, we have such a natural flow which makes the sessions effortless. Peter, Humon, like Andrew, has such a precise eye for detail. Our work together goes from athletic to erotic; somber to silly.

However, I will say the first session with Yoga Bear was pretty stellar. I remember seeing this image of me in jeans, a tank top, and a cap hanging from this train and thinking ‘holy vegan cupcakes, Batman, I feel like a Colt model!’. I do not know exactly why that was a fun thing to feel, but it was. I guess my twelve year-old self was thinking of sneaking Steve Kelso photographs through my dial-up connection and basking in his confident, nude glory.

Kyle:  What a great feeling!  I can imagine the joy, excitement, and feelings you get when you are on set or see some of these finished results.  What has been challenging about some of your shoots?

SILV:  The concept of challenging myself is always present. Physically and creatively challenging myself is part of the charm of it all. However, I find it challenging when I rely on others to convey something that I am doing usually alone with the photographer. My first time posing with another model was very much about learning how to convey an emotion considering yet another person. Not to mention any outdoor session where there are spectators. I have yet to figure whether I am a true exhibitionist. I am leaning toward no.

Kyle:  Spectators can definitely be a little nerve wracking for photo shoots.  Probably taking up some of your focus.  I love this part; how about the most embarrassing photo shoot situation as a model and as a photographer?550c53129b106

SILV:  As a photographer, I have a few interesting stories. There was an instance with a vegetable in some one’s anus. That is the end of that story. But mostly, I found amusing the amount of men I photographed who felt they had to ejaculate at the end of the session because they could not handle it. One of the first men who did that said to me ‘could you give me a few minutes?’ and proceeded to guide me outside of my own space.

As a model, the only time I am timid is when I am holding a pose in a forest, lake or beach and there are one or two men lurking from a distance staring. As I said above, I do not appear to be interested in that energy at the moment.

Kyle:  Those are definitely some crazy moments.  You definitely see everything as a photographer and model.  What goes through your mind right before you have to do these revealing shoots?

SILV:  It often does feel like the first time. Especially when not having worked with a photographer before. In a way, it is like making love with someone. I am nude, they see all of me, and eventually I begin revealing my emotional side through poses and concepts. Knowing this, I simply hope that the photographer reveals herself or himself to me so that there is an amount of reciprocity.

Kyle:  I like that.  That is a good comparison.  You have been photographed in underwear and we are an underwear blog so we want to know what you like.  Looking at your underwear drawer, what is it made up of? % boxer briefs, % briefs, % jocks, % thongs.

SILV:  My underwear drawer is shrinking due to my nudist lifestyle. When looking into it, there are probably 45% trunks, 35% jockstraps, 7% briefs, 7% boxer-briefs, 3% thongs, and 3% bikinis.

Kyle:  Good variety thought.  And the craziest pair of underwear you have ever worn?

SILV:  The craziest thing I have worn was this spider-looking thong-brief hybrid design which had three separate pieces on each side. It was not comfortable, and to be honest, not too appealing.

jh_14prtlndKyle:  I guess that isn’t one you wear often then!  Being in these nude shoots, what kind of diet and exercise do you do to prepare for shoots?

SILV:  None. Thus far, when I have collaborated with a photographer, we have discussed ideas, intentions and then make it happen. My appearance is part of the charm. So I do not attempt to look a certain way for a session.

Kyle:  You have a great look so I think that is part of your brand.  So I guess since there is no special diet you don’t have a favorite cheat meal or do you?

SILV:  Everything I eat I enjoy. I am very into Ethiopian cuisine at the moment. I find really good places where to reside and visit, and they usually have a great sense of eating. Portland, Oregon has been my main base in the past year and I enjoy eating there; tremendously.

pic-5819Kyle:  You are quite an adventurous man, not only in your style but also your cuisine!  Are there any brands or photographers you would like to work with that you have not worked with yet?

SILV:  I am open to working with underwear and clothing companies which are diverse and inclusive. Animal-aware and eco-friendly brands would take top priority. You have no idea how many times I have been told that I am not an underwear model due to my shape and amount of body hair.

There are many photographers out there breaking the mold and doing it beautifully. As long as someone is willing to be creative, and seeing photography as a means to make art whilst connecting to one another, I am interested in discussing working with them.

Kyle:  It’s great to see someone embrace the “real man.”  We love seeing that here at UNB and see you as a great underwear model and photographer.  What is something that your fans don’t know about you outside of this art that you want them to know?

SILV:  This is a humorous question to me. If there are individuals out there who are enjoying my photography work: thank you. A lot of individuals may see one frolicking naked in an image and forget that we are more than the purpose of objectifying each other.

I have always enjoyed cultivating my sense of intellect. I began writing and drawing when I was very young and still consider those two to be the base of all the things I do.

Doing nude photography has actually been a tool for me to be able to showcase that outside of being an intellectual, I am also still living and breathing inside my human shell. So, you could say that the sentiment goes both ways.

Kyle:  It is refreshing to see someone embrace different so well and represent a whole genre that is needed.  What is the best advice anyone gave you when you started your career?

SILV:  Seek within to find your strengths and charm. We all have something. Photography is a great tool with whichDSC_0014 to find what is special in a person, other animal or thing, and document it.

Kyle:  You have done some work behind the camera too? Tell me about how that part of your career started.

SILV:  When I began working on Toy Soldier, I wanted to collaborate with a photographer. I had compiled poetry for a few years and was ready to add a visual to my usual process. Eventually, I found myself photographing friends as I composed photography based on drawings and doodles in my notebook.

Kyle:  You embrace and showcase art is so many different ways its beautiful.  Do you have a preference on whether you are in front or behind the camera? What are the best parts and worst parts of both sides?

SILV:  When behind the lens I do not have to compromise my idea or intention. I love a lot of my self-portraits because it was only me and my ideas. However, when I am in front of the lens I have this capacity to be in a moment with someone and, like making love, it is magical.

Kyle:  Your attitude towards all of this is so positive and refreshing.  Finally, what are your goals for your career?

SILV:  Through the process I find that it interests me to showcase my body as a way to inspire others to do it. Perhaps just for the sake of it. But most importantly so that we can all keep exploring and celebrating our differences. My goal is to keep being part of interesting projects which allow me to grow, and hopefully do the same for others.

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UNB Model Profile featuring Jacob Ford


Andrew Christian supports a lot of great models and when I saw fresh faced southern boy Jacob Ford he quickly shot high up on my list of models I needed to interview.  This genuine man sits down to talk to us about his fun moments with Andrew Christian, work he has done and how he hopes to use his fame and good name to help others one day.

UNB Kyle:  It is so great to have the chance to talk with you.  Tell me about how your first modeling gig and how you got started with Andrew Christian?

IMG_0296Jacob:  My first modeling gig came from Andrew Christian actually! Back in September of 2014. I managed to get a test shoot through a promotion on their Facebook page. They posted an email address to send in photos and I did it! They posted the pictures along with a few other guys and within 12 hrs I had accrued over 30k likes, destroying the competition in all honesty!!! They called me the #truefanspick.

Kyle:  I can see why.  Beautiful face, great look, and wears the underwear very well.  It’s also nice that all of the underwear lovers were choosing you to showcase such a fun brand.  What made you want to pursue modeling?

Jacob:  It was always something I had wondered about but never knew how to get into it. I started frequenting LA and meeting people, photographers, and other models, things like that. I started making friends with people in the industry, guys like Murray Swanby and Colby Melvin. It all really started to fall into place after that.

Kyle:  You put yourself out there, showed ambition, and met the right people.  Drive will get you far in your career.  Which shoot do you consider your breakthrough in your career?

Jacob:  I would say the “breakthrough” shoot for me was the Launch of the AC Blow brand. The first video and photo shoots we did for BLOW was huge! Revolutionary really!  Andrew was breaking the underwear mold once again! But the blow pictures were everywhere, and I was blessed to be one of the poster boys. I was in ads all over the Internet, banners, and pop ups on cell phone apps.  My face was everywhere!

Kyle:  I can imagine the feeling of seeing those pictures everywhere.  It must make you feel like you have arrived and your drive paid off.  Do you have a favorite shoot you have done?

Jacob:  I think my favorite shoot honestly was just something we did goofing off at the studio. Nick Jonas had just 11045358_813121278736029_6104704943184387347_nremade The iconic Calvin Klein ad that Mark Wahlberg made famous in the 90s. So of course I wanted to do an Andrew Christian style remake of the photos! It didn’t blow up or anything like that but I had a lot of fun doing it!

Kyle:  It is a picture that is iconic and regardless of how many people see it, there is always a personal pleasure with recreating such well known poses.  What shoot did you find to be more challenging than the others?

Jacob:  I recently did a water balloon challenge with Ryan Rose! It was so cold outside and we were soaked! Not to mention I lost the challenge!!

Kyle:  Yes I think people don’t always realize that these beautiful outdoor shoots aren’t always done on 90 degree days!  I have seen the video.  It was close and you put up a good fight!  Now we want to know because you have to have one, most embarrassing photo shoot situation?

Jacob:  Any situation where I have to dance! Ask any other AC Model, if I have to dance it’s going to be a long day! I have absolutely zero rhythm!

Kyle:  I am sure southern boy has some moves!  There always seems to be some hip shaking in those videos.  Time to get in the studio and practice!  Are there any brands or photographers you would like to work with that you have not worked with yet?

image11 (1)Jacob:  I would love to shoot with Mark Henderson eventually, and Id like to do a NOH8 photoshoot as well. I always enjoy the AC shoots, but I have many friends that I enjoy working with as well, guys like Jason King, Shaun Vadella, and Paul Boulon. As far as brands, I’m not really picky if I like the products I’d gladly work with them! I’m really into Tatteeboy as of late though!

Kyle:  I love your shoots with Shaun Vadella and I would love to see you do NOH8.  Those are some of my favorite pics and would love to see your pic with them!  We know a little bit about you through your work with AC and on social media but what else can you tell us about Jacob Ford outside of modeling?  

Jacob:  My passion and goals are to help people. I would love to get involved with LBGT Activism on a larger scale. I have aspirations of possibly releasing my own brand someday something along the lines of NOH8, well the same message anyway!

Kyle:  It is wonderful that you are keen on helping people.  So humble and a great way to use your status and 10455128_760150970699727_7140168290330264133_ncontacts for good.  Your body looks great!  What kind of diet and exercise do you do to keep that body in check?

Jacob:  Diet is easy.  I don’t portion meals or anything like that but I try to eat clean. That means no junk food, candy, chips, soda, you know things like that! Just get your protein in and watch the carb intake.  Don’t over do it and it’s all good! As far as workouts go, I wrestled growing up for about 10-11 yrs and because of that most of my workouts are based off of the stuff I’ve always done. I use the BFS (bigger faster stronger) system, isolate body parts, and always get in my cardio, at least a mile per day!

Kyle:  Great advice and I love how you have incorporated things you have done all your life.  But when you really want something bad, what is your favorite cheat meal?

Jacob:  Hot wings! The hotter the better!  I think my record is 3 lbs in one setting, and not boneless either. I’m a real man!!  But I also have a real weakness for Red Velvet cake, I call it “almost chocolate”

Kyle:  Wow that is quite a helping of hot wings!  And I love red velvet too.  So we have seen you in lots of great varieties of underwear.  On the personal side, looking at your underwear drawer, what is it made up of? % boxer briefs, % briefs, % jocks, % thongs.

Jacob:  *cough* Drawers! I have a lot!!! Id say briefs and jocks make up the biggest percentage maybe 70% followed 9680-1_1by 20% boxer briefs, and 10% thongs… We are literally talking about hundreds of pairs!

Kyle:  Wonderful!  What a collection!  You need to model them all for us!  In all of that, what is the craziest pair of underwear you have ever worn?

Jacob:  That’s easy! The Andrew Christian Blow Spider Jock!

Kyle:  Yes, I have not worn that pair but looks like quite a tangled web of fun though.  What goes through your mind right before you have to do these revealing shoots?

Jacob:  “Do I look fat? Really guys! Am I fat today?!?” Im my biggest critic!

Kyle:  Well, take it from us, you look amazing!  What are your goals for your career?

Jacob:  Who really knows what modeling will hold for me in the future.  It’s hard to say. As I said earlier though, I want to help the cause.  If I’m going to gain fame at all from this experience, I want to use that fame and notoriety for the greater good! I want to make a difference in this crazy world.

Kyle:  That shows a lot about your character.  I am pleased to hear you say that.  Such a good man with such a great heart!  Finally, for others out there who look up to you as a model they want to be like, what is the best advice anyone gave you when you started your modeling career?

Jacob:  Above all else, take care of yourself and don’t become one of “those” guys. What I mean by that is, don’t forget the things that matter most, friends and family. When the looks fade and your star doesn’t shine as bright, they’ll still be there!  And PLEASE! be humble, we are all capable of the same greatness. At the end end of the day however, none of us are curing cancer, we’re just in our underwear.

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UNB Model Profile featuring Phil Bruce

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Simon Barnes

It’s great to learn so many different aspects of a model’s life past what we see in a photo shoot.  Meet Phil Bruce.  Our overseas model, personal trainer, exercise instructor, and football (American soccer) coach takes on each aspect of his life with passion and determination.

UNB Kyle:  You have quite a list of titles that you bring with your name.  Regarding modeling, what was your first gig and how did you come to get it?

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Simon Barnes

Phil:  My first piece of modeling work was done around 3 years ago, when a mate who is a photographer thought I would be good at modeling and do well in the industry, so I completed the shoot, really enjoyed the experience, and the rest is history.

Kyle:  I think your friend knew he had good talent in you.  Was there anything besides your photographer friend’s encouragement that made you want to pursue modeling?

Phil:  It was originally through recommendations of people saying that they thought that the modeling industry would be a good path for me to go down. As my confidence in front of the camera grew and my physique improved, I became more open in regards to the types of shoots that I would do, which has opened up opportunities for me. 

Kyle:  It’s probably nice to see how much you have grown over these past few years in terms of your modeling.  Noticing how you become more open and it opens doors for you is an important aspect for all newer models to realize.  Which shoot do you consider your breakthrough in your career?

Phil:  I would say that there were two particular shoots that really contributed to the success of my career so far. The first was a shoot with Gavin Harrison, that ended up with me featuring in the official calendar for Vanity Hype, and the other was the first shoot that I completed with Simon Barnes, as he is widely regarded as one of the very best photographers out there, and shooting with him helped to boost my level of publicity. 

Kyle:  Both are great photographers and have some beautiful shots in their portfolio.  Any shoots that stand out as favorites for you?

Gavin Harrison Vanity Hype Shoot
Gavin Harrison Vanity Hype Shoot

Phil:  I don’t compare photographers to one-another as they all have their own ways of doing things, and I have really enjoyed working with all of the photographers that I have done so far. But I would say that I do really love working with Simon Barnes, we have completed four shoots together so far, hopefully there will be many more to follow, and we have become really good friends from working with each other. 

Kyle:  I love that answer.  You definitely understand how each photographer contributes a new vision and you don’t compare them to one another because of that.  Have you had any shoots that you consider to be challenging in one way or another?

Phil:  I haven’t found any of my shoots particularly challenging in the sense of the poses that were needed to be done or the people that I have worked with. I could say that my first few shoots were the most challenging as I was pretty inexperienced, and completing a shoot recently with food poisoning was a test too. 

Kyle:  Wow I am sure that was difficult.  It is never easy going to work when you are not feeling well and I can imagine the same is said for that situation on set too.  What about that most embarrassing photo shoot situation?  Have you had one?

Phil:  I’m lucky as there hasn’t been an embarrassing situation in a shoot as such, but maybe when I was having to do topless outdoor shoots in public areas with people around would be the answer for this.

Kyle:  Yes, I can see how that can be a little embarrassing and uncomfortable.  But I am sure after you do a few you relax and it becomes second nature.  What kind of diet and exercise do you do to prepare for shoots?

Phil:  To be honest, there’s no real diet that I follow just for shoots, as I eat a healthy, balanced diet throughout the year, and exercise on a daily basis. With the demand of the work that I do, it would be very hard for me to cut out food altogether or cut out carbohydrates, as I have found out from past experience.

Kyle:  With fitness and football I imagine you get a good amount of exercise in and eat very well to stay in shape. IMG_0425 But when you want to be bad, what is your favorite cheat meal?

Phil:  This would be pizza and a bowl of ice cream, and I do like birthday cake.

Kyle:  All great choices!  With stripping down in these underwear shoots or even less, what goes through your mind right before you have to do these revealing shoots?

Phil:  The thought that often goes through my mind before having to do revealing shoots is a combination of excitement for what doors these pictures could, and usually do, help me to open, and the potential one-liners that my mates and players who play for my football teams are going to come out with when they see them.

Kyle:  Clearly, they will be jealous!  You look amazing!  Now we are an underwear blog so we are always curious about people’s preferences.  Looking at your underwear drawer, what is it made up of? % boxer briefs, % briefs, % jocks, % thongs.

Phil:  I would say that most of them (around 75%) are sports pants as I teach a lot of exercise classes, then the rest consist of boxers (15%) and briefs (10%)

Kyle:  Underwear that fits the man and the lifestyle.  How about the craziest pair of underwear you have ever worn?

Phil:  That would probably the pair of boxers that have a picture of a tiger on the front of them (yes, I do still wear them).

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Jon Davies Shoot

Kyle:  Haha aren’t you just an animal!  Seeing who is out there in the industry, are there any brands or photographers you would like to work with that you have not worked with yet?

Phil:  There’s still a lot that I want to achieve yet. including working with as many of the top photographers as I can, and becoming the face of big companies is an ambition of mine too.

Kyle:  I think spreading it out with different photographers is a great goal because you experience so many different visions that it will really transform your portfolio into something unusual.  What is something that your fans don’t know about you outside of modeling that you want them to know?

Phil:  I think most of my fans know that I am also an Exercise Instructor, Personal Trainer, Football Manager and Coach, and I have my own Football Coaching Company called “The Phil Bruce Soccer School”. I have played football against Premiership Footballers, as well as training a footballer who has played in the final of the Champions League, and I have taught exercise classes to Professional Football teams.

Kyle:  I love watching Football and it’s such a fascinating sport.  Your dedication to the sport and teams is quite admirable.  What are your goals for your career?

Phil:  To set up Football Academy Teams for children at The Phil Bruce Soccer School, in order to allow Football to be played and enjoyed by children of all ages and abilities
To play and Manage/Coach Football at as higher level as possible
To set up my own Charities and raise as much money as possible
To open up my own Gym, giving accessibility and affordability for people of all ages, fitness levels and well-being to be a part of
To do as well in the Modeling Industry as possible, aiming for lots of publication and to be a face of companies
To help to get as many students qualified in their associated Fitness Qualifications as possible
To be as successful as I can be and help people as much as possible
To help to motivate and inspire others

Kyle:  Those goals are impressive and show your character very well.  You have a real desire and determination to help and support others reach their potential.  We wish all the best for you in these endeavors.  Finally, what is the best advice anyone gave you when you started your modeling career?

Phil:  The best bit of advice I received was to just be confident in front of the camera and to keep relaxed with my poses. Also to give everything my very best shot and have no regrets.

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UNB Model Profile featuring Chris Campanioni


A man of many talents who most know as a popular model through his impressive portfolio.  We recognize the face, the body, and the many pairs of C-IN2 he wears.  Now, Chris Campanioni sits down to share with us more about who he is and his life as a model, professor, and author1917129_554722729136_85874_n

UNB Kyle:  Thanks for taking the time to sit down and discuss the many aspects of your life with us.  First let’s talk about your modeling career.  What was your first modeling gig and how did you come to get it?

Chris:  My first modeling gig was a C-IN2 shoot, but the first job I booked was a Cosmopolitan shoot that was for an editorial called “Sex & Desire.” The shoot was in the Hamptons and involved another girl, a shower, and a flesh-colored thong. Halfway through the editorial, I remember having to call in late to work. It would be the first of many similar phone calls.

Kyle:  I can hear that phone call now.  I am sure it is second nature now and probably easier understood from work too.  What made you want to pursue modeling?

Chris:  Curiosity. Boredom. I also had nothing better to do on a Thursday morning and my friend asked me to accompany him to an open call.

Kyle:  Sounds like another case of right place, right time.  It’s funny how curiosity helped pave the way for greatness in your modeling as well as your creative writing side in becoming an author.  What was your modeling breakthrough moment?

Chris:  Without a doubt, the DNA “Sexiest Man Alive” cover and spread/interview that was published in 2009.

tumblr_n565jrsyrr1t7cmdvo1_1280Kyle:  A title which you definitely deserve!  What a great honor to be featured in that magazine.  Have you had a shoot that stood out as a favorite?

Chris:  I always enjoy working with Harol Baez, if only because he is one of my best friends. We’ve shot a combination of portfolio stuff and big client jobs, like the Revel Casino campaign.

Kyle:  It’s good to have that constant connection and relationship that benefits the both of you and goes beyond just a simple working contract.  Which shoot has been your most challenging?

Chris:  I think every shoot presents its own (often very different) set of challenges. I can’t think of one that has been more challenging than any others. I think that’s what makes modeling still interesting to me, that constant challenge. The requirement that to succeed, you need to perform and adapt, for very different roles and circumstances.

Kyle:  I like that answer.  Every modeling gig offers its own challenge to you which keeps you interested and continuing to achieve something new each time.  And I know in one way or another they always happen so how about most embarrassing photo shoot situation?

Chris:  My balls are almost routinely out of the package. That’s not to say this is embarrassing for me, but I am considering other people here. In general, embarrassment is not something I can identify with, at least in terms of my body. Being raised in a mixed household, particularly on my father’s side, we’ve always embraced our body and have always been comfortable with ourselves. That’s Cuban culture for you. A long history of exhibitionists.

Kyle:  Gotta keep those in that underwear!  That’s great that your upbringing helped you be comfortable in yourtumblr_ngun1ml63F1s26gkao1_1280 own skin and with who you are.  I assume revealing shoots do not cause you any anxiety as other people may get.  What goes through your mind right before you have to do these revealing shoots?

Chris:  What this might read like after I transpose it onto paper.

Kyle:  They transpose beautifully.  I especially love the black and white shots you have done.  Are there any brands or photographers you would like to work with that you have not worked with yet?

Chris:  No one comes to mind, if only because I don’t really forecast anything in terms of modeling. So much of my life is calculated and written in advance (literally, because I’m an author and poet), so I enjoy using my modeling career as a vehicle to be spontaneous and (hopefully) also unexpected.

Kyle:  You seem to be a man that appreciates opportunity and being in the moment with your modeling career.  That goes back to your first gig, right time and right place.  What is the best advice anyone gave you when you started your modeling career?

Chris:  Trust yourself.

Kyle:  Very sound advice!  Tell our underwear viewers what brands are in your drawer?What is it made up of?  % boxer briefs, % briefs, % jocks, % thongs.

Chris:  It’s probably 95 percent C-IN2 (no surprise there), and I mostly wear briefs.

Kyle:  Haha, yes we have seen your extensive C-IN2 collection!  From your shoots, what is the craziest pair of underwear you have ever worn?

Chris:  I really don’t find anything “crazy” … I guess it’s all relative, right? The underwear industry has gotten more and more creative and forward-thinking with every passing year, thankfully.

Kyle:  Yes, crazy or different is all relative.  I like your open mind with underwear.  Your body looks incredible.  tumblr_nm2boegalX1ree7oao5_540What kind of diet and exercise do you do to prepare for shoots and keep up that shape?

Chris:  I don’t ever diet. I don’t do anything special before shoots in terms of exercise, but I do run every morning, before breakfast. I think this is probably the best thing anyone can do if they are looking to get into shape, no matter their genetics or how their body responds to certain activities and foods.

Kyle:  Running is one of the best forms of exercise.  So if you don’t diet regularly, what are some of your favorite “cheat meals” as they would say?

Chris:  Have you seen my Instagram? Haha … I don’t have “cheat meals” … every meal is an opportunity to cheat (and treat) yourself!

Kyle:  Eat whatever you want, run, and have that body.  What is something that your fans don’t know about you outside of modeling that you want them to know?

Chris:  Mostly everyone knows about my writing career, and my journalism and college professor roles at work. I’m very Google-able, for better or worse, if only because I’m the only person in the world (or at least the Internet, which is basically the same thing, right?) with my name. I was born premature, two months and two days. I’m not sure anyone outside of my close circle of friends knows that.

Kyle:  Yes you are Google-able and well known.  With all of the media attention on the British math teacher that 11081259_10100868426518186_2335998178896500530_nwas a model, what has been the reaction from your students, fellow teachers, and administration seeing your modeling career?

Chris:  CUNY has been pretty quick to embrace the various roles I play, mainly because this is also what I teach about. In other words, I have never separated my modeling career from my journalism career or my teaching career; as an author and poet, the best thing has been the opportunity to synthesize all of these experiences in my writing. I teach a class at Baruch College and the College of Staten Island called “Identity, Image, and Intimacy in the Age of Internet and Celebrity” so I regularly bring in my experience in the fashion industry into our seminars. At John Jay, I teach a class called “Ripped from the Headlines: Making Art from the News” so the emphasis from the administration has always been on hiring me to specifically teach about my life and the work I’ve done in the last decade. Maybe there was some initial surprise from students, fellow teachers, or even the English department, but I think the new cultural norm for our generation is reinvention, so I doubt the surprise lasted very long.

Kyle:  That is great that everyone is so accepting.  Your experience probably helps those students learn better and enhances your teaching.  What are your goals for your career?

Chris:  I want to keep writing, every day, and grow as a person through the experience afforded to me by my teaching and modeling opportunities.

Kyle:  Speaking of your writing, your book Going Down has some incriminating content about the modeling industry. How much is truth vs fiction and where did you draw the line?

Chris:  I don’t think there’s any really incriminating content in Going Down; if there were, I’d probably no longer be able to work in the industry. In all seriousness, people steal each other’s designs all the time, it’s nothing new. I think most of the “behind-the-scenes” reading experiences have come from those readers outside the fashion industry because of how unfamiliar certain cultural practices are to them. In that way, I really love how so many different people can experience the novel in so many very different ways. I never wrote Going Down as an industry “tell-all” kind of book, but I imagine a large readership has come to the novel either expecting that or in some way receiving that. That’s why art is so beautiful; everyone can get something out of it and what they get might be vastly different from the person next to them.

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Going Down by Chris Campanioni

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UNB Model Profile featuring Jack Mackenroth

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I had the privilege of sitting down and talking with successful model and HIV activist Jack Mackenroth on his past modeling days and his desire to be a voice and support system for those in the community.

UNBKyle:  First, thank you for reflecting back on your modeling career with us as well as sharing your passion for helping others in the HIV community.  Tell us how you got started in your modeling career?

Jack:  My first modeling job was in a gay magazine that is no longer in print called Genre. I think it was about 1989.1999 photo The photos are horrifying to me now. HA! I also did a series of book covers for a line of pre-teen books called The Sunset Series. I believe my character’s name was Kyle. Hilarious.

Kyle:  I think that is a sign for us speaking today!  Great name!  Did you always want to pursue modeling?

Jack:  I was going to fashion design school at Parsons in New York and people kept telling me I should try modeling. I never really “wanted” to do it. I just needed the money. In the beginning I just went to all the agencies in New York for their open calls which they used to have once a week. I did that until I got signed. I think the business was a lot different then. This was back in the early 90’s.

Kyle:  I think once we are encouraged on so much we start to take that path as you did.  Thinking back, what was that breakthrough moment that happened for you when you thought this was all truly real?

Jack:  I never really had a breakthrough. I had some degree of success. I spent a season in Milan and did some work for Versace. I did a lot of catalog work which is what really pays the bills. I got much more attention after being on Project Runway Season 4. But by then I was already 38 years old. And I had been lifting weights for a long time. There is a huge difference in the industry between “fashion” models and “fitness” models. Fashion models are usually between 18 and 25 and they are super tall and thin–at least 6 feet. You have to fit the sample sizes which is typically a 30 waist and a 40 regular jacket. I’m now a 52 chest and even back then when I weighed 160 pounds I was too broad from swimming.


I never made much of an impact as a fashion model. Just a few jobs here and there to pay the bills. After my exposure on Project Runway I had photographers hitting me up all the time to do photo shoots. You can see the progression of my career in my photos as I get older and more muscular and then anything in the last 4-5 years I have had a beard or at least some scruff.

Kyle:  In social media I see a lot of different people who distinguish themselves as “fashion” or “fitness” models so it is nice to get some perspective on that.  Sounds like Project Runway gave you some great exposure as well.  Do you have any favorite photo shoots you want to tell us about?

Jack:  Hmmmmmm. I had a great time with Justin Monroe. I’ve shot with him a couple of times. He’s fun and the shoots are sexy and a little bit slutty and he’s always well prepared with a good set and concept. I don’t think that people realize that modeling isn’t really much fun most of the time. You’re in the same awkward position for a long time and usually there is not much budget so you don’t get many perks. It’s not like in the 90’s when we had location vans and food and full wardrobe, make-up and hair teams. That’s only high end editorial now for the most part.

Kyle:  Not the glamorous lifestyle and perks that people perceive.  I am sure many people don’t know how hard the work for a model is and how difficult on set can truly be.  Besides holding awkward poses, what challenging photo shoots have you had?

Jack:  I’ve worked with photographers that basically just want to get you naked and are so overtly sexual that it IMG_4278becomes uncomfortable. I won’t name names but some of the well known photographers are notorious for unsolicited groping and fluffing. I’m no prude but that can be annoying. I’ve been in shoots where I’m literally freezing but I have to look warm like I’m having the time of my life. Many freezing swimming pools. I remember being chased off of property because we didn’t have permits–crazy stuff like that.

Kyle:  I am sure those situations turn you off from wanting to continue.  I can only imagine standing in cold water and acting like you don’t want to scream and be wrapped in a blanket!  There are always some so how about most embarrassing photo shoot situation?

Jack:  Boners.

Kyle:  Haha to the point!  I am sure that happens frequently and can halt some things.  You have a great muscular build.  What kind of diet and exercise do you do to prepare for shoots?

Jack:  Nothing special. I used to have to starve myself when I was trying to fit into samples. I did the Atkins no carb diet for 2 straight years, So gross. Now I don’t care too much. Photoshop didn’t exist when I started modeling but now they can fix your abs and do pretty much anything. I’m a competitive swimmer so I’m always in pretty good shape because I swim 4-5 times a week in addition to lifting weights. I eat like a pig for the most part.

Kyle:  Swimming is a great workout though plus we appreciate the speedos!  Besides speedos which I am sure you have for swimming, what is your underwear collection made up of? % boxer briefs, % briefs, % jocks, % thongs.

JackMackenroth9Jack:  30% boxer briefs, 40% briefs, 30% jocks. I’m sort of known for my ass and I don’t mind showing it. 😉

Kyle:  Yes, I am a fan of you showing off the assets as well!  Notice the collection of jockstrap pics in our gallery of you!  So most of us don’t know the real you, only what we see in pictures.  What is something that your fans don’t know about you outside of modeling that you want them to know?

Jack:  They can always reach out to me on social media with questions (@jackmackenroth). Twitter is the best outlet. I always answer back when it’s about HIV issues. I tend not to respond to “You’re hot.” or “Tell me your workout routine.” 

Kyle:  I love that you have put yourself out there to support others.  That is exceptional and admirable.  Where do your goals go after you feel that your modeling career is shifting from not being in front of the camera as much?

Jack:  Well I considered my modeling career to be over a long time ago. I’m actually surprised it lasted as long as it did. I’m 46 now. I’m always surprised when someone still wants to photograph me. Now I’m a full time HIV activist and advocate. I was just hired as the Senior Communications Officer for The Global Forum on MSM and HIV ( I’ve been HIV positive since I was 20 so it has always been an important cause to me. I’ve created several successful social media campaigns in the past like HIV Equal and The HIV Shower Selfie Campaign #weareALLclean. With MSMGF I will be working on advocacy on a more global scale.

Kyle:  Congratulations on those great endeavors.  Education and understanding are key on these important issues and you are doing your part helping others. Over the course of your modeling career, are there any regrets or things you wish you had done differently?jack pride 2014

Jack:  I wish I was more secure when I was younger. The fashion industry is rough. I used to go on 8-10 castings a day and they would flip through my portfolio in 30 seconds and say, “No thanks.” That’s hard not to take personally. If I had been more confident I would have been more assertive and taken more chances. You have to realize that often they are just looking for a specific look. It’s not personal.

Kyle:  I can imagine that understanding comes with time and getting past the personal to professional views only comes with experience.  We can see how much you have grown into that.  What advice would you give to those looking to get into or newly involved in their modeling career?

Jack:  Do it for fun. You are not going to make a lot of money as a male model. EVER. Only the top male models make a decent living for a few years and that’s if they book huge campaigns. If you keep that attitude then you can be successful at some level. Learn to promote yourself. You can practically become famous on Instagram these days. This is the age of shameless self promotion so embrace it. And shoot a lot. It does take some practice to know what you are doing. There are just as many photographers out there who are trying to build their portfolios as well. Work with them.

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UNB Model Profile featuring Braeden Wright


Our good friends over at the PnV network hooked us up with another great recommendation for our profile series.  In comes Braeden Wright!  Braeden shares an intense passion for the arts which adds so much value to his creative side.  He sits down to share his passion through his heart and puts everything out there for us in his words and portfolio.  Definitely one to remember!

UNB Kyle:  Thanks for taking your time to talk to me today.  I love your portfolio.  How did it all start?

Braeden:  My first big modeling gig was walking Calvin Klein S/S 15 exclusive in Milan this past summer. My New York agency (Soul Artist Management) got them to fly me in for a casting a couple of months before the show.  There CKL_0264.450x675are always so many guys competing for only a handful of spots, so it was really exciting to book as my first fashion week show. They actually ended up confirming me on my birthday.  That phone call from my agent was probably the best birthday present I have ever gotten. Actually, calling my family to tell them the news was maybe the only thing better. It was all pretty surreal.

Kyle:  Wow what a great way to spend a birthday and a great memory to always have.  Fashion week is huge too so that is an amazing first chance.  What made you want to pursue modeling as a career?

Braeden:  After I graduated from University back home in Canada, I knew that I wanted to spend some time pursuing music.  I’ve always felt that music and fashion owe a lot to each other, so in many ways fashion has always been a big part of who I am as well. I’ve always had a love for the arts– music, poetry, photography, film. The fashion world is full of a lot of brilliant creative minds and that was something that attracted me as well. After spending one winter working on demos, I was scouted by Mode Models and eventually decided to go in and meet them.  The rest is history.

Kyle:  A love for the arts definitely enables you to showcase that creative side.  I love how someone can have such a passion and vision for something and be able to pursue it with such love.  Do you feel that you have had your breakthrough moment yet?

Braeden:  Well I just shot with Bruce Weber for VMAN 33, my first major editorial. It was only just released this week. But I do have a couple of other surprises on their way out this month, and I think the collection of work all coming out at once is going to be very fun to see.  You’re just gonna have to stay tuned.

IMG_0152Kyle:  I will eagerly await the releases!  Any favorite or great moments in shoots that you have had? 

Braeden:  As far as what’s been released, I would definitely have to say shooting with Bruce for VMAN in Miami. It was an incredible experience. Shooting with Bruce is like stepping inside his world for a moment, and he just captures you within it. It was unlike anything I had ever experienced before; such an authentic, relaxing, and creative atmosphere, with a crew that feels like a family. It was also my first time in Miami– and after having a winter blast here in New York and being back in Canada for the holidays, I was pretty excited to spend a day in the sun surrounded by palm trees and jellyfish.  An experience I will definitely never forget.

Kyle:  Yes I can imagine the warmth and sun was a welcomed place to be after that cold winter.  Sounds like a special photographer who can transform a model and shoot into such an internal world.  Which shoot has been your most challenging? Why?

Braeden:  Actually, I would also have to say the VMAN shoot with Bruce. This is only because I actually had a family member extremely important to me pass away only a week before having to fly to Miami for the shoot. It was all a bit of a whirlwind for me, and having to get my bearings in order to be prepared was actually really difficult. But once I was there, shooting with Bruce, feeling the amazing energy, that stress faded away pretty quickly. I actually remember having a moment to myself on set, lying in this hammock on the beach, with the sun looking down on me through the palm trees.  In that moment I felt her looking down on me, and I really felt her presence. She was one of my biggest supporters in pursuing this career– and I knew she was smiling down at me.

Kyle:  I can imagine that was a difficult time and how hard it is to have to throw yourself into your work.  Those moments sound pretty personal and something that you will always keep in your heart.  And it’s kind of nice how you will be able to see these pictures and remember your family member and know she is smiling down on you.  Now no one wants to admit it but they can be funny.  Have you had any embarrassing photo shoot moments?tumblr_n8swwqRk5h1trw3nco2_1280

Braeden:  I’m a pretty open and easygoing guy, so most photo situations that would maybe seem embarrassing for other people usually are the ones I find most interesting or exciting. There really isn’t anything I can think of. Yet.

Kyle:  That is a good attitude to have though.  Makes them more exciting as you said.  But yes, yet, is the keyword there haha!  Are there any brands or photographers you would like to work with that you have not worked with yet?

Braeden:  There are definitely too many to list. There is such an array of bold and creative minds out there in this industry. It’s really incredible. I remember sitting down and going through some books by Mario Testino—“Alive” is one that comes to mind. It was totally captivating. I sat there and stared at the pages over and over for maybe two hours. It just completely blew my mind. I’ve also always loved seeing what Mert and Marcus are up to.  Their work is always so surreal and otherworldly, yet always so incredibly fucking perfectly beautiful. It’s like this perfect dream world where only the most badass get to live. Same goes with Steven Klein. They are all really great.  I also really love Hedi Slimane. He’s seemingly capable of anything. He takes some of the coolest photos, designs these amazing pieces of clothing—and he draws so much from rock n roll and injects even more right back in.  I remember when I first realized that the same person who took the photos for the album artwork of Phoenix’s ‘Alphabetical’ (one of my favorite bands) was the same person who was, at the time, creative director at Dior Homme. And now he is making such amazing things for Saint Laurent. Just incredible, man.

Kyle:  This is what I love, the passion.  This will probably please so many brands, photographers and other arts outlets as you continue to excel in your career.  Your portfolio ranges from fully clothed to artistically nude.  What goes through your mind right before you have to do these IMG_0149revealing shoots?

Braeden:  “…This is gonna be fun.”

Kyle:  Haha!  That may be the best answer!  Your body is very nicely defined.  What kind of diet and exercise do you do to keep up this physique?

Braeden:  I am always exercising. My routine is very constant. I work out five times a week, full body split, with heavy weights and a little trick that I learned from my good friend Nic Palladino—“the burnout.” I also learned a lot of ab tricks from the late, great Greg Plitt. He was one of my heroes. He’s the reason people stare at me like I’m slightly insane, as I’m hanging upside down from a chin up bar doing crunches. That never gets old ha.

Kyle:  Yes insane but clearly pays off.  I am sure you have a weakness here and there for something fun to eat.  Do you have a favorite cheat meal?

Braeden:  Panago (Canadian pizza chain) Tropical Hawaiian pizza. Hot wings with blue cheese sauce. Salsa Verde Doritos (special flavor I’ve only found in Las Vegas). Chocolate raspberry cheesecake. If there was a dream cheat meal for me, this would be it. Add a mojito and call it a day haha.

Kyle:  All good choices.  I hope you don’t hate yourself after eating all of that.  We have seen you in some underwear shots and we are an underwear blog so we all want to know your personal tastes.  Looking at your underwear drawer, what is it made up of?  % boxer briefs, % briefs, % jocks, % thongs.

Braeden:  10% boxer briefs, 90% briefs. Calvin Klein and Emporio Armani.

Kyle:  Nice, good quality brands.  Outside of your drawer, what is the craziest pair of underwear you have ever worn?

Braeden:  Definitely my white Calvin Klein thong, they give you one to wear under your clothes at the show. Tiniest piece of underwear I’ve ever worn. No lines under the clothes though—big points for functionality ha!

Kyle:  I am guess that did not make it into your favorite underwear pile!  But as you said, it serves a purpose in those fashion shows.  We have really enjoyed seeing the man in the pictures and getting to you know your model side.  What is something that your fans don’t know about you that you want them to know?

lab-a4take-in-a-momentbw-2224053134436Braeden:  That I can sing. I promise. And that I really like to play guitar, drums, and program strange and dirty little synth sounds. Guitar effects pedals are one of my obsessions.  And that I’m not always a good boy.  

Kyle:  Hmmm not a good boy?  I will have to get the private exclusive answer on that one!  What are your goals for your career?

Braeden:  Honestly, I really don’t want to say.  I have many lofty goals for my career, some you could probably guess but many you wouldn’t expect.  And it’s just so much more fun when it’s all a surprise.

Kyle:  We look forward to following your journey of surprises!  Finally, there are a lot of up and coming models out there who enjoy getting all of the advice they can.  What is the best advice anyone gave you when you started your modeling career?

Braeden:  I think the best advice I’ve ever gotten is to know yourself for yourself and just be that person. In this industry it’s very easy to get lost trying to match everyone’s expectations for you– one market telling you to be one way, and another telling you the opposite. Sometimes it’s enough to make your head spin. At the end of the day, you do need to keep yourself very open to growth and wisdom from all avenues, and even though who you are and want to be can grow and evolve over time, the bottom line is being able to know exactly where you fit and who you are and need to be. You just need to be the best version of yourself possible. You need to stay true to your vision, and work your ass off. There is power in authenticity– and when you are your best and authentic self, that is exactly when good things start to happen.

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UNB Model Profile featuring Alec Leddy


I love to search pictures on Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram and just wait for someone to catch me eye.  There are faces I have seen and then when I find them on these social medai sites I can associate the name with them and hope they want to be profiled.  Alec Leddy was one of those finds and you can imagine how happy I was when he agreed to talk to me about his career and share some of his pictures with UNB.

UNB Kyle:  Alec, thanks for sitting down and chatting with me.  I have seen your pictures and you have some great work.  How did it all start?AC

Alec:  My first official modeling gig was with Andrew Christian, and surprisingly I got it just by emailing them saying I was interested in modeling with them, and they liked my look.

Kyle:  You definitely went big on your first shot and it paid off!  We have seen their taste in men and you definitely fit the bill.  Glad they snatched you up.  What made you want to take that chance and pursue modeling?

Alec:  I think it was actually everyone around me that would always tell me, “OMG you look like a model, you should model, do you model?” And I thought hmm, well why not give it a try.

Kyle:  Clearly, they all have a good eye.  You have the face and body.  Do you feel that you have had that breakthrough shoot yet and which one was it?

Alec:  I would say Andrew Christian because it gave me the most exposure in the industry.

Kyle:  They definitely have made a name for themselves with their models and advertising.  Is there a particular shoot that has been your favorite?

Alec:  I did a shoot with Bobby Shahideh, which was by far my favorite, because he took me out of my comfort zone to do weird things that I wasn’t sure would look good, but turned out looking amazing. For example he had me walking down a staircase in underwear with a suitcase which was so bazaar but ended up looking amazing,

Kyle:  I’m sure these photographers have some crazy ideas but you have to trust them and know that they understand their vision and how to translate it into a photo.  What shoots have been challenging for you?

image1 copyAlec: I would say my most challenging shoot was for the Fckh8 2015 calendar. This is because it took me a bit out of my comfort zone because I never shot implied nudes before so was something I had to adjust to.

Kyle:  The first time naked in front of the camera can be a scary thing.  Any embarrassing photo shoot situations to tell?

Alec:  I don’t have one yet luckily.

Kyle:  Well, that is a good thing.  So you have been with Andrew Christian which is huge.  Are there any brands or photographers you would like to work with in the future?

Alec:  I would love to work with Charlie BYMZ because I love their speedos and love his photos. There’s also a few New York photographers I would like to shoot with.

Kyle:  We wouldn’t mind seeing your speedo work!  Let’s hope that happens.  Apart from modeling, what is something that your fans don’t know about you?

Alec:  I am not just a pretty face/body. I’m actually pretty smart, I’m finishing up my degree in Accounting at USC. Also I am a professional dancer. I have been dancing since I was about 5 years old being trained in tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, contemporary.

Kyle:  That is great!  It’s important to get that education and have a career available when you have done what you want to do in the modeling world.  Dancing is such an amazing outlet that has really increased visibility over the past several years.  To keep that body for modeling and dancing, what kind of diet and exercise do you do to prepare for shoots?IMG_3268

Alec:  I drink lots of water, and if possible always try to work out (especially abs) before a shoot.

Kyle:  Water and ab workouts get that stomach. Got it! Haha!  When you are not being good, do you have a favorite cheat meal?

Alec:  CARBS! My favorite cheat meal would be anything with carbs in it, like pizza.

Kyle:  Pizza is delicious and a personal favorite of mine as well.  So we have seen you in underwear shoots but let us in to your own lifestyle.  Looking at your underwear drawer, what is it made up of? % boxer briefs, % briefs, % jocks, % thongs.

Alec:  Basically every pair of underwear I own is a brief 🙂

Kyle:  Hmmm, we need to expand that for you!  How about the craziest pair of underwear you have ever worn?

Alec:  Not going to lie I am not too kinky with underwear, but I do now own my first jock strap, which I actually love. I have multiple pairs now.

Kyle:  You will definitely have to let us post tumblr_niul2jiBA01s9jshbo1_1280some jockstrap shots for you!  Doing these various shoots, what goes through your mind right before you have to do these revealing shoots?

Alec:  Usually just remind myself that this is fun, I love being in front of the camera and if your nervous, it shows in your pictures, so to just have fun with it and keep flexing, lol.

Kyle:  That is a good attitude to have.  That definitely proves why your shots are so amazing.  What are your goals for your career?

Alec:  I would love to one day be a model for Calvin Klein, Gucci, or some of the big named brands out there and really make a name for myself in the industry.

Kyle:  Can’t wait to see you on the billboard and in those magazine ads for those big names!  Is there any advice that you were given that stands out in your mind when you started modeling?

Alec:  To have fun!  I think this is the best advice I was given because if your not having fun whats the point in doing shoots anymore, right?

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UNB Model Profile featuring Robert Michael


I came across Robert Michael over a year ago on Tumblr and was immediately intrigued by the beauty of his face, body, and personality.  Since then I have been a fan of his and when I started doing profiles on UNB, I immediately thought of him and knew I had to feature him.  Robert joins us to discuss his modeling start in his community, big dreams, and some amazing selfies.

UNB Kyle:  Being a fan of yours I was happy that you were able to sit down and discuss the start of your career with me.  What was your first modeling gig and how did you come to get it?

Robert:  My first ever modeling gig was when I was a kid for a local event. I have no idea how I got the gig but I remember I was really excited.

Kyle:  Starting off so young probably made you feel like quite the celebrity!  Im sure you were just smiling ear to ear with the opportunity.  Any particular reason that made you want to pursue modeling?image5

Robert:  Hmm, I really don’t know! Haha, I like being in front of the camera.  It’s fun.

Kyle:  Based on what I have seen in your work and selfies, you have such a natural and intriguing look.  In front of the camera is where you need to be.  Which shoot do you consider your breakthrough in your career?

Robert:  I don’t think I’ve had it yet! But a shoot that got me noticed by some people was a shoot I did for NVRLND which is a fantasy type circuit party in Chicago. They do really amazing promotional work.

Kyle:  That sounds like a great connection to get you noticed that can be a stepping stone in elevating you to the next level.  Do you have any favorite shoots?  

Robert:  My favorite shoot was for NVRLND’s purity ball promo posters. The photos came out amazing and a shot of mine was made into a drawing and put on a shirt.  They also used that shot as an icon for their app! It’s some what of the company icon which I love.

Kyle:  So great that you have helped define their brand!  Quite a local honor there!  How about your most challenging shoot?  

image1Robert:  A shoot I did for TYPE/FACE magazine was a rough one because it was the swim suit issue and I had to shoot it before swim suit season, outside, in Chicago!! I was freezing the entire time. I would do a couple shots then run into shelter to warm up so I didn’t look like a cold corps in the photos.

Kyle:  I am sure the elements and time of year can definitely make things difficult for a shoot.  Not the glamorous shot that so many people think about.  Other embarrassing shoots to mention?  

Robert:  Sometimes the room is super cold and we all know what happens when a man gets too cold… Yeah, that’s embarrassing.

Kyle:  I can imagine you thinking “why am I not doing this on a tropical beach?” Haha!  You have done a lot of local work.  Moving up in your career, are there any brands or photographers you would like to work with in the future?

Robert:  So so many!  I have a lot of photographers who have asked to work with me but I haven’t had the chance to travel to go do the shoot. One of those photographers is Rick Day, so the minute I’m in NYC I’ll be doing that for sure. As far as brands go, I’d do anything that I felt was good for the path I want to take in this industry.

Kyle:  Well we can’t wait to see you in NYC with Rick Day!  What is something that your fans don’t know about you outside of modeling that you want them to know?

Robert:  Fans?! Haha that’s strange to think about! Maybe that I love to debate with people. I’m very opinionated so any chance I get to speak my mind I take it.IMG_0188

Kyle:  Yes, fans!  You have many of them!  That is how I found you!  Your body is absolutely amazing.  What kind of diet and exercise do you do to prepare for shoots?

Robert:  Before a shoot, I’ll eat a light breakfast, a few eggs and that’s about it. I’ll hit the gym after breakfast try to get a mini full body workout in. Throughout the workout I’ll work my abs in between sets, Your abs need to look sharp for a shoot.

Kyle:  Well your abs look phenomenal.  But I know you have a weakness.  What is your favorite cheat meal?

Robert:  PIZZA! I was born and raised in Chicago and our pizza is some of the worlds best. I can’t live with out it.

Kyle:  You have done some underwear work and we love your underwear selfies.  Everyone reading the blog wants to know what is in your drawer?  % boxer briefs, % briefs, % jocks, % thongs.

Robert:  30% jocks, 60% briefs, 10%boxer briefs, 0% thongs. Thongs are not for me lol.

Kyle:  Thongs aren’t for many people and are rare in the underwear drawer.  In any of these shoots, what has been the craziest pair of underwear you have ever worn?image4

Robert:  I had to wear a bedazzled/metal spiked athletic cup with clear straps for an event I did. Hopefully I never have to wear that again lol.

Kyle:  Oh I am sure you secretly still have that in your drawer just waiting to wear it again!  Wearing underwear, little clothing, or even nude, what goes through your mind right before you have to do these revealing shoots?

Robert:  Nothing bad, I get really excited and think of all the positive things like how cool the shot will be when its published

Kyle:  Confident and with a great attitude.  That will take you far and make photographers enjoy shooting you.  What is the best advice anyone gave you when you started your modeling career?

Robert:  Don’t take anything personal.  This is a business just like anything else.

Kyle:  Good advice.  We can’t wait to see more of you and hope you keep showing us what you are doing.  What are your goals for your career?

Robert:  As far as modeling goes, I’d like to cover a magazine one day, like DNA or something like that. I’ve just started modeling, it’s still very new to me and I really haven’t dove in deep, I think this summer you’ll see a lot more from me.

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UNB Model Profile featuring Will Clark

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This week’s profile features Will Clark.  I stumbled across Mr. Clark and his shots wearing Timoteo for Armando Adajar and knew he would be the perfect addition to our growing profile series.  Will sat down with me to talk about his start into modeling, the breakthrough he is waiting for, and how he values his family.

UNB Kyle:  What was your first modeling gig and how did you come to get it?

Will:  The very first time I got in front of a camera was with my ex in a couples shoot. I had been going to several 1shoots with her over the course of a few months supporting her. After a while I began to get curious, and wanted to try and get in front of the camera myself. What better way to start out than with your experienced girl friend? 

Kyle:  I think that is a great start.  Being a good boyfriend and supporting and it probably helped you calm your nerves a little bit the first time in front of the camera, being with her.  What made you want to pursue modeling?

Will:  After my first solo shoot in San Diego with Armando Adajar, I realized all the work that goes into creating a vision in a single snap of a picture. The more I learned about the art and creativity that went into producing a single frame, the more I began to like process.

Kyle:  Sounds like someone has a creative side too.  Appreciating and learning everything that goes into what we see as the final product.  Perhaps down the road you will get to explore your creativity in shoots.  Which shoot do you consider your breakthrough in your career?

Will:  Unfortunately I do not believe I have had that shoot just yet. Although if I were to pick a favorite shoot, I would have to say the shoot with Armando. Mostly due to the fact that he knew I was just getting started so he took the time to walk through the process and teach me a lot pointers that I carry on to all of my current shoots. I’m very fortunate to have collaborated Armando. I am always open to new possibilities and opportunities.

Kyle:  It is nice to see a photographer willing to teach a new model instead of dwell on the fact that the shoot will not 1958334_785622801476575_7970032982493964602_nbe as straightforward as experienced models.  I am sure when you have that breakthrough moment, it will be an amazing feeling and we hope to hear about it!  Which shoot has been your most challenging and why do you think that?

Will:  Recently I worked with a more local photographer named Ross Haley. We were working together to get some catalog shots for a clothing line out of New York. I have been trying to explore and experience all aspects of modeling, and this one was more conservative posing than I have done in the past. The challenge was that I kept catching myself in a dominate stance that was more fitness oriented.

Kyle:  I like that you are exploring the different avenues that modeling has to offer.  You probably didn’t expect something so standard like catalog work to be as complicated as it was.  It just shows that every aspect has their quirks.  I am sure not every shoot goes according to plan.  Any embarrassing photo shoots you want to tell us about?

Will:  Hahaha! Armando and I did a scene with the same underwear from Timoteo on a hiking trail in San Diego. In just some shoes and a jock strap as some guy and his dog come strolling by.

Kyle:  I am sure he rounded the corner and was not expecting that but what great moments to laugh about together.  Are there any brands or photographers you would like to work with that you have not worked with yet?

Will:  Two of the photographers that I would really love to work with in the future would be Pat Lee and Wain Wright. These two fitness photographers produce absolutely great work!

Kyle:  We hope they are reading this and give you that opportunity!  Apart from modeling, what is something that WClark_RSH_6your fans don’t know about you that you want them to know?

Will:  Most people outside of close friends and family don’t really see the amount of time that I spend with my family. I have a large immediate family that is extremely close. Typically whenever I am balancing my schedule, regardless of time constraints, I am always making time to stop in and see my brothers and sister. Spending as much time as I can with my niece and nephew.

Kyle:  That is wonderful.  Family is important.  Sounds like they support you too.  We see your body and know that you are not eating too much junk food with the family, so what kind of diet and exercise do you do to prepare for shoots?

Will:  I am always structured when it comes to my dieting and exercise. This past season I decided to take an off season and really work on my weak points of my physique. So now coming into this season of competitions and photo shoots I will stay as lean as I can comfortably in between shoots. I prefer to plan as far out as possible for a shoot, I like to have at least 2 weeks to prepare for a shoot. Unfortunately that is not always the case which is why it’s photo (1)crucial to stay lean all the time. The last two weeks I really start to cut down on carbs, and increase my rep ranges. The last week before the shoot I like to cut cardio out of the regimen to prevent getting a “flat” look in the shots. The last couple days I cut carbs out virtually all together, and limit my water the day before. Spiking my carbs up the night before to fill out the muscle and give you the best look.

Kyle:  Quite a process and regimen there but it definitely pays off.  But for fun, how about a favorite cheat meal?

Will:  Actually just today some of my friends, and I tried a new cheating method where you can eat as much as you want, but it has to be with in a 1 hour window. No exceptions after the timer goes off though. After eating all the food I could not move from the couch for almost 5 hours.

Kyle:  I can only imagine how you felt after that hour!  Ok, now we all want to know, open your drawer and tell us what is it made up of?  % boxer briefs, % briefs, % jocks, % thongs.

Will:  Honestly it has to be a 50/50 between Boxer briefs and Briefs.

Kyle:  And outside that drawer, how about the craziest pair of underwear you have ever worn?

Will:  Hands down it has to be some of the Timoteo underwear line out of Los Angeles.

Kyle:  Must have been that jock on the trail!  One last question.  You are at the shoot, in a jockstrap, about to start your day.  What goes through your mind right before you have to do these revealing shoots?

Will:  Well there are always questions of where will they be, what is the purpose of the use, and what is the selling point. However at that point I have completely collaborated with the photographer to put my mind at ease.



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UNB Model Profile featuring Adam Phillips


The model series here at Underwear News Briefs continues with the beautiful addition of Adam Phillips.  Adam sat down with us to talk about his start in the modeling world, how his career has been so far and where he hopes it will take him.

UNB Kyle:  What was your first modeling gig and how did you come to get it?

Adam:  My debut modeling gig was for a Plymouth-based underwear company. I was contacted by a friend who worked for the company. I was really excited to see the images since it was my first gig, only to find out that my head and most of my torso had been cut off!

Kyle:  Oh that is a shame!  I am sure that was a little disappointing but look where it got you!  What made you want to pursue modeling?10612574_300433813414385_3218347772675108625_n

Adam:  Being quite creative myself, I guess this was a big factor into why I pursued modeling. I think in a visual way and I enjoy seeing the final edits of my images as I have a real appreciation of color and composition. Having the opportunity of being able to travel the world and do something you love is very appealing too.  I enjoy meeting different people who also think in a creative way.

Kyle:  Being creative, have you been able to help plan or put your spin on any pictures yet?

Adam:  I tend not to get involved with what the photographer wants if I have only shot with them.  Sometimes I help with ideas and help creatively where I can.  A lot of the positions I pose in are freestyle.

Kyle:  I love that you are a creative person.  It is such an amazing gift to have that mind and to be able to take that vision and turn it into a reality.  Which shoot do you consider your breakthrough in your career?

Adam:  My shoot with Cal McDougall was definitely my break-through. I have had the pleasure of shooting with Cal on numerous occasions as we work well together. I recall one shoot, set in a cave, which was really fun to do and from that shoot I ended up on the front cover of DNA magazine, which is sold worldwide.

IMG_5697Kyle:  Sounds like a great pairing!  The cover of DNA magazine is quite an accomplishment too.  Congrats!  Which shoot has been your favorite? Why?

Adam:  If I am honest, I don’t have a favorite shoot. It would be too difficult to pick one as I have enjoyed so many for many different reasons.  They are all favorites because of the cool locations such as Istanbul and New York, the people I work with, and the clothes that I, ha, sometimes wear! At the end of most of my shoots, I am really buzzing and excited to see the final images. 

Kyle:  Haha I like that clothes comment.  That’s part of the job I would assume.  But the places it takes you and the people you meet you can’t put a price on.  With everywhere you have been and everything you have done, which shoot has been your most challenging and why?

Adam:  My most challenging shoots are definitely with Cal. Our shoots tend to last long and we often move around.  We end up either in the sea, scaling cliffs or trailing through forests. I usually end up wet during the shoots and often find myself in the sea, wishing we were shooting somewhere a whole lot hotter than the UK.

Kyle:  Yes.  I am sure a tropical location is the first thing that comes to your mind with that.  How about your most embarrassing photo shoot?

Adam:  My most embarrassing photo shoot I ever did was probably the first ever time I got in front of the camera. Plymouth Calender men test shoot! I was totally out of my comfort zone and had no idea what I was doing!   

Kyle:  I am sure that is normal in the beginning.  But you have come so far, with amazing shoots and probably a higher comfort level.  Are there any brands or photographers you would like to work with that you have not worked with yet?

Adam:  I am still pretty new to the modeling industry so would love to shoot some clothing lines or model for a swimwear/underwear campaign. I love my fashion, so anything from Calvin Klein to Zara would be a dream. There are so many talented photographers I still would love to work with but have been fortunate to collaborate with some of the best photographers already, such as Rick Day and Greg Vaughan.10649732_295641643893602_2927584222330448162_n

Kyle:  I am sure you will have that opportunity in your future.  Apart from modeling, what is something that your fans don’t know about you outside of modeling that you want them to know?

Adam:  Before modeling, I studied at university and received a degree in graphic communication and typography.

Kyle:  Good to have that degree in your back pocket.  What kind of diet and exercise do you do to prepare for shoots?

Adam:  Prior to a shoot, I would usually try to stick to a protein diet. So a week before, I maybe would have 2 meals of carbs and the rest of my diet would be protein-based. I aim to go to the gym at least four times a week, and I avoid alcohol and unhealthy food, although having a sweet tooth can sometimes lead me into a little sugary temptation!

Kyle:  But when you are not preparing for a shoot and you get to sneak that cheat food in, what is it?

Adam:  Easy!  Favorite cheat meal is probably an English breakfast.  Fry it up!

Kyle:  Now, we are an underwear blog so we all want to know what is really your taste, not just what we see in shoots.  So, looking at your underwear drawer, what is it made up of? % boxer briefs, % briefs, % jocks, % thongs.

Adam:  50% boxers and 50% briefs.  

Kyle:  Equal love for both.  But we know there have been others on you.  How about the craziest pair of underwear you have ever worn?

Adam:  The answer to that Kyle is no underwear, however, I do have a pair of wild things silk boxers.


Kyle:  Good answer.  Nothing is definitely crazy to some!  So I leave you with one last question to set the scene for us.  The photographer is set up, you are wearing nothing or just a pair of underwear, people standing around waiting for you, what goes through your mind right before you have to do these revealing shoots? 

Adam:  I don’t dwell on a photo shoot before.  I find I get caught up in the moment and just try to produce the best image I possibly can.  If the photographer is happy, then I am happy.

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UNB Model Profile featuring Cody Johnvin

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It’s great to sit down with some of the newer models on the block to see how their career has taken off.  Cody Johnvin tells us about his desire to start modeling, who his biggest target is in the photography industry, and how important the gym and a healthy lifestyle is to his being.

UNBKyle:  Thanks for taking the time to speak with me.  Let’s start from your beginning.  What was your first imagemodeling gig and how did you come to get it?

Cody:  I guess my first real photo shoot was a few days after my birthday down in Chicago, Il for Jr Nationals. A friend of mine had put me into contact with Golden Czermark aka: Furious Fotog. Golden had a lot of shoots already lined up, but said he could fit me in, so I scraped up every penny and made the journey down there. At the time I was working night shift, so I left home late that night, headed down to Chicago, slept for about an hour in a parking garage and then went and did the photo shoot with Golden. From then on, I guess I was hooked!

Kyle:  That is a great beginning.  Saving every penny and taking a chance, sleeping in the car, and shooting after barely any sleep.  What made you want to pursue modeling?

Cody:  I guess I would have to say that it is extremely self-rewarding when something you have worked on your entire life begins to unfold. At this point, I don’t have college wrestling or other sports to train for (with the exception of men’s physique bodybuilding), so it has become another thing to keep me driven with my type of lifestyle in the gym.

Kyle:  Well, we can tell the gym is definitely paying off.  Which shoot do you consider your breakthrough in your career?

Cody:  Well, that’s a bit of a toss-up. What ended up happening was, that night after the shoot with Golden, Allan Spiers contacted me and wanted to shoot with me while I was still in Chicago. I shot with Allan the very next morning and he recommended me to start up an athlete page on Facebook. After the first couple shots from Golden and Allan were posted, I couldn’t believe the opportunities that opened up for me. At times it was a bit overwhelming for a small town guy like myself!

image (4)Kyle:  Wow.  That ended up being quite a few days for you!  I am sure that can be very overwhelming and feels like a dream.  Which shoot has been your favorite? Why?

Cody:  That is a difficult question because every photographer has different styles, looks, and ideas. I don’t know if I have a favorite, but I really enjoyed shooting with Golden because he answered so many of my questions and really made me feel comfortable for my first big shoot.

Kyle:  Sounds like he was a good initial mentor.  Hopefully that relationship has continued to grow.  Which shoot has been your most challenging? Why?

Cody:  I would have to say shooting for the cover of “Awakening the Willow’s Heart” was the most difficult because I really wanted to capture the image/moment the author had envisioned. I’ve also known Photography by Jane since I was a young boy, so it made for a lot of fun and some good laughs!image (1)

Kyle:  I can see that challenge since you are turning a story into a vision.  Are there any brands or photographers you would like to work with that you have not worked with yet?

Cody:  One of my goals has always been to do a shoot with Pat Lee, so hopefully some doors with that will open up at some point. Otherwise, I think it would be a huge honor to be in Men’s Health Magazine someday. Dream big, achieve big.

Kyle:  Well hopefully those big things will come your way!  We can’t wait to see more from you!  What is something that your fans don’t know about you outside of modeling that you want them to know?

Cody:  I’m not a certified dietitian or trainer although it may be something I will work into in the future. As far as diet and exercise goes, I have taken bits and pieces from nutritionists, coaches, athletes, etc. and used them to find out what works best for my body. What I really love doing is motivating and inspiring people to show that anything can be achieved with the right mindset.

Kyle:  I can see your passion in that.  What kind of diet and exercise do you do to prepare for shoots?

Cody:  I typically add an hour of fasted cardio sometime in the morning which usually involves a bit of interval training. I also begin to super-set more when lifting to increase the intensity of my workout. With my diet, I typically eat pretty healthy year round, so when it comes to prepping for a shoot or show, I break up my meals into smaller portions (6-8 per day) and increase my water intake even more until a few days before.


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UNB Model Profile featuring Bentley Hudson


We love finding newer talent on Twitter and when we saw Bentley Hudson we knew we had to sit down with him and take a look at his portfolio.

UNB Kyle:  What was your first modeling gig and how did you come to get it?

Bentley:  My first gig was a Ralph Lauren Polo presentation. I got it with my agency, soulartistmgmt, right when I was first signed with them. IMG_3875

Kyle:  Polo.  Nice gig to start with.  What made you want to pursue modeling?

Bentley:  I  thought it would be so cool to travel and see the world as I work and shoot for companies. 

Kyle: Definitely a good way to travel.  I am sure you get to go to all kinds of different locations.  Which shoot has been your favorite? Why?

Bentley:  Dujour magazine editorial with Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner and Kris Jenner shot by Bruce Weber.  That shoot was my favorite for sure so far.  I really enjoyed the chance to talk to Bruce Weber, eat lunch with him, and to meet the Jenners. 

Kyle: Which shoot has been your most challenging? Why?

Bentley:  Tough shoot.
I shot with Kat Morgan for Schon magazine.  It was a nude shoot.  There were girls in some of the pictures so it was a little uncomfortable for all of us. 

Kyle:  I guess that is one way to get comfortable with someone very quickly.  Are there any brands or photographers you would like to work with that you have not worked with yet?

Bentley:  I would love to work with Steven Klein, Mario Testino and would love to work with Bruce Weber again. I would love to walk for or shoot for Versace, Givenchy, Ralph Lauren, and John Varvatos. 

IMG_3906Kyle:  Great goals there.  What is something that your fans don’t know about you outside of modeling that you want them to know?

Bentley:  I play high caliber ice hockey all over the United States and out of the states.  I had some great opportunities to go to good colleges to play.  Unfortunately, I broke my back when I was 21. I’m a very athletic guy who loves to surf, skateboard, play soccer, run, workout, and so on.   

Kyle:  Ice hockey?!? How exciting!  Tragic accident for such a young athlete though.  What kind of diet and exercise do you do to prepare for shoots?

Bentley:  I eat extremely clean, consisting of mostly raw vegetables and a lot of fish.  I also run everyday 5+miles to shred as much as I can. 

Kyle:  We have see you in briefs for some shoots.  On the personal side, looking at your underwear drawer, what is it made up of? % boxer briefs, % briefs, % jocks, % thongs.

Bentley:  Boxer briefs 30%, briefs 20%, workout wear 50%, thong 0% 

Kyle:  The craziest pair of underwear you have ever worn?

Bentley:  I haven’t worn anything too crazy yet in underwear 

Kyle:  Yet is the key word there!  You have already done nude shoots so revealing underwear wouldn’t be so difficult for you.  And the most embarrassing photo shoot situation?IMG_3902

Bentley:  Shooting with Kat Morgan definitely.  The nude shoot because it was a mixture of guys and girls in some of the pictures. 

Kyle:  When you are not clean eating for a shoot, what is your favorite cheat meal?

Bentley:  My fave cheat meal would be any kind of dips; cheese dip, crab dip.  I also love pizza, wings, and you know, anything fried!

Kyle:  There you go!  Finally, since you have done some nude shoots, what goes through your mind right before you have to do these revealing shoots?

Bentley:  I hope my mom, dad and grandmom don’t see them hahaha. But honestly, they understand what I have to do for some of the shoots and that’s the industry sometimes.  In the end, I just focus on the shoot and to do my best. 


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