What do you imagine when someone asks you to describe an ‘ordinary body’?
Gay pin-up zine ‘meat’ has been challenging body shaming and stereotypes in the gay community by asking members of the public to strip off and bare all in the name of confidence and acceptance.
Their sexiest publication to date, the 2018 naked calendar, the latest in the annual series, has taken portraits of men in their birthday suits to a whole other level of attractive.
London-based founder and editor, Adrian Lourie, has brought some very handsome men together to show the world it’s OK to be who you are, and to tell you how important it is to be happy in your own body.
The calendar’s cover star Fernando, a hunky, down-to-earth HR professional in London’s busy Mayfair, said: “I thought I would never be picked because of my body shape and I wanted to prove that you can be hairy and have a belly and it can be sexy.”
While Mr. August, Dwayne, said: “I think it’s always interesting to see a broader representation of guys as pin-ups. Seeing down-to-earth men in a sexy, fun way is always important.
“I think everyone should be photographed for meat: not to make you be someone you’re not, but to take what you are and show how amazing and beautiful that is.”
Gay pin-up zine ‘meat’ has been circulating around London’s gay scene since its inception in 2010. Some issues have even been shot in, and sold by independent book stores, across Europe and the United States.
What do you think of these guys? Meet the men of meat’s 2018 naked calendar here:
Mr. March, Blaize:
Mr. June, Danny:
Mr. July, Jamm:
Mr. August, Dwayne:
Mr. September, and cover star, Fernando:
Mark and Daniel share the ‘Mr. October’ title:
Mr. December 2018, Tony:
Go behind the scenes of the shoot, here: