Sluggers presents New Campaign featuring Casey Conway

Former National Rugby League (NRL) player for the Sydney Roosters, Casey Conway has spoken out about being a gay, Aboriginal man in the world of professional sport.

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During an interview with SBS, Conway explained that he had privately come-out to club officials during his time in the NRL, however only came-out to teammates after he left the Roosters. The former Roosters player said that he was leading a ‘double life’, hiding his sexuality from his teammates whilst sometimes trying to navigate the gay club scene in Sydney.

I was out-and-about on the scene and meeting people. I was doing that undercover and it finally came to a point where I had to start accepting it. I wanted more than what I was having.

Conway believes that his experiences in the gay scene helped him come to terms with his sexuality, however, he would often receive racist remarks.

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The 30 year old Conway also works as a youth development coordinator for a small non-profit in Queensland and says he hopes to use his public profile as a platform in helping LGBTI youth.

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There are young people out there hearing comments like that and they’re questioning themselves. I know what it was like to be in the country and think, ‘Oh shit, I think I’m gay’.

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At that time there wasn’t really a big push in the media for equality. I’ve worked with kids who are homeless because they’ve been kicked out of home when they came-out. They’re suffering not only because they don’t have a home, but because of their mental health and a raft of other issues.

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Conway, is now trying his hand as a fashion model and has been the face of Aussiebum and is now currently modelling swimwear brand, Sluggers.

Made in Australia: Sluggers presents new ads Summer Campaign promoting their new collection with some really nice arrivals, including speedos and sungas in amazingly beautiful colors and designs. Russell Fleming did an amazing job with an Australian model Casey Conway, Russell really captured Casey’s cheeky personality!

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Casey Conway. Gay Rugby player & model. Doesn’t get any better than that!

You better shop now Sluggers!

Welcome into the world of Casey Conway

Hairy Goals

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In this hairy month post Francesc ‘Pako’ Gascó, an avid CrossFit trainer, Men’s Health España contributor and comics fan, who recently earned his PhD in Paleontology.

Pako‘ was currently featured in the Men’s Health Spain Januari cover story Change in 2016 

Here we see Francesc Gascó in a photoshoot ‘Goals’ by Joan Crisol, photographed in Madrid for Summer Diary

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Francesc Gascó in Joan Criscol

Born in Badalona in 1974, Joan Crisol currently lives and works in Madrid, Spain. After his photography studies at the Institut d’Estudis Fotogràfics de Catalunya, Crisol started working as a professional photographer in 1999.

His work has been published in more than 40 different magazines all over the globe, and Crisol has also been Director of Photography for more then 50 music video’s.

Discover more on facebook, instagram, and twitter.

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Ageless Beauty, Carmen Dell’Orefice

Today is the 85th birthday of Carmen Dell’Orefice (born June 3, 1931), an American model of ironic status and actress, known within the fashion industry for being the world’s oldest working model was on the cover of Vogue by the age of fifteen and has been modeling ever since.

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Carmen Dell’Orefice (Click photo to enlarge).

In her own words Carmen says of her spectacular career; “I projected a strong personality for a gray-haired again population – I gave them the permission to be themselves. Then my career was on the high road again, and it did not really stop. Now I consider myself a cover girl. I am 80-years old.”

Springing from Italian and Hungarian ancestry, Carmen’s parents had a tempestuous and unstable relationship characterized by frequent breaks and reconciliations, punctuated with periods of time where Carmen lived in foster homes or with other relatives during her parent’s clashes.

In 1942, Carmen and her mother moved to New York City. At the age of thirteen, while riding a bus to ballet class, she was approached to model by the wife of photographer Herman Landschoff. Her test photos, taken at Jones Beach, were a “flop” according to Carmen. In 1946, her godfather introduced her to Vogue and fifteen-year old Carmen signed a modeling contract for $7.50 an hour. She became a favorite model of photographer Erwin Blumenfeld who shot her first Vogue cover in 1947. She appears in the December 15, 1947 issue of US Vogue as Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White and Cinderella along with model Dorian Leigh, actors Ray Bolger and Jose Ferrer.

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Carmen and her mother were poor, and her modeling income was not enough to sustain the family. With no telephone, Vogue had to send runners to their apartment to let Carmen know about modeling jobs. She roller-skated to assignments to save on bus fares. Carmen was so malnourished that famed fashion photographers Horst P. Horst and Cecil Beaton had to pin back dresses and stuff the curves with tissue.

Carmen and her mother were accomplished seamstresses and made extra money making clothes. One of their customers was Dorian Leigh. Carmen later became best friends with Dorian’s younger sister, model Suzy Parker. Together they were bridesmaids at Dorian’s second wedding to Roger Mehle in 1948.

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Carmen Dell’Orefice for Vogue America (Click photo to enlarge).

In 1947, Carmen’s rate was raised to $10–$25 per hour. She appeared on the October 1947 cover of Vogue, at age sixteen, one of the youngest Vogue cover models to grace the magazines cover. Carmen was also on the November 1948 cover of Vogue.

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Pictured above is a Chanel No.5 perfume ad from 1958 featuring Carmen Dell’Orefice.

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She worked with the most famous fashion photographers of the era including Irving Penn, Gleb Derujinsky, Francesco Scavullo, Norman Parkinson, and Richard Avedon. Carmen was photographed by Melvin Sokolsky for Harper’s Bazaar in 1960. The iconic image titled Carmen Las Meninas has been collected internationally. Sokolsky also photographed her for the classic Vanity Fair lingerie campaign in which Carmen obscures her face with her hand. She was painter Salvador Dalí’s muse.

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Despite her early successes, modeling agent Eileen Ford declined to represent her and Vogue lost interest in her. Her thin frame required medical attention: doctors prescribed shots to start puberty, and her new curves brought her work in catalogs modeling lingerie at $300 per hour. She joined the Ford Modelling Agency in 1953. She retired from modeling after her second marriage in 1958.

After her third divorce and in need of funds, Dell’Orefice returned to modeling in 1978. In the late 1980s, Dell’Orefice was engaged to television talk-show host David Susskind. He died before they were married. In 1993, a neighbor introduced her to Norman F. Levey, who was Bernard Madoff’s best friend. Levy was her boyfriend for several years. In the 1990s and 2000s, she modeled for Isaac Mizrahi’s clothing line at Target, as well as Cho Cheng and Rolex. Dell’Orefice is featured regularly in their advertising campaigns appearing in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and W

In the 1980s and 1990s, Dell’Orefice lost most of her money in the stock market. She was forced to auction off her famous modeling photographs from the 1940s to the 1980s through Sotheby’s,

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 Carmen Dell’Orefice by Tim Petersen, Madame, October, 2010 (Click photo to enlarge).

In 1994, with what little money she had left, and with money from boyfriend Norman Levy, she invested with notorious financial fraud Bernie Madoff. For twelve years, Ruth and Bernie Madoff and Dell’Orefice and Norman Levy were a ‘foursome’, traveling and partying together on lavish yachts. Levy died in 2005, at age 93, and Madoff was the executor of his will. Levy had $244 million in assets at the time of his death, according to Dell’Orefice. Madoff’s fraudulent investment scheme drew on these funds to lure over 13,500 individuals and charities to his Ponzi scheme. She continued to socialize with the Madoffs after Levy’s death.

In December 2008 a 68-year-old friend, who invested her life savings with Madoff, telephoned Dell’Orefice to inform her that she too had been bankrupted by the scheme. Dell’Orefice said, “For the second time in my life, I’ve lost all of my life savings.”

In June 2011, Dell’Orefice celebrated her 80th birthday. On July 19, 2011 she was awarded an honoray doctorate from the University of the Arts London, in recognition of her contribution to the fashion industry. The university sponsored a retrospective exhibition curated by illustrator and long-time friend David Downton, featuring Dell’Orefice’s Vogue covers, career highlights, and photographs from her personal archives.

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Carmen Dell’Orefice on cover of New You (Click photo to enlarge).

We want to wish Carmen Dell’Orefice a happy, healthy 85th birthday!!

MARLON TEIXEIRA FOR RISBEL #8 COVER STORY

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After gracing the Spring/Summer 2017 cover of Risbel Magazine, the super handsome Marlon Teixeira is back in the spotlight with the magazine’s cover story, beautifully shot by photographer Greg Swales. Captured as a solitary spirit, surrounded by a blooming and tropical nature, the Brazilian stunner lends his charming features for a series of striking images, styled by Newheart Chanian in a wardrobe that includes fashions from the likes of Prada and Balmain.

From opulent designs to elongated silhouettes and bondage-inspired accessories, No matter if it is in the middle of the jungle or on the beach, Marlon is a breathtaking vision of beauty and magnetic charisma.

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Come into the world of Risbel and Greg Swales

Have a good night sleep with David Gandy

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In collaboration with British top male model, David Gandy,  Marks & Spencer has developed for their Spring/Summer collection, a luxurious range of swimwear, underwear and sleepwear using the world’s finest fabrics. Classic underwear designs are combined with luxury Supima® cotton for a soft feel and premium Freefit Lycra® for support and ease of movement. The beautifully made swimwear, that we showed you in an earlier post, combines Quick Dry technology, All items have a detail-rich tailored but modern design. All for vèry good prices!

I was an immediate convert to David Gandy’s loungewear line. Not only is it cut from superb materials, but it’s also incredibly affordable, comfortable and offers much-needed variety to the underwear on offer on the high street (and this only looks set to get better with the houndstooth-heavy anniversary collection). Proof that if you’re looking for great underwear, you should leave it up to a man who’s made a living wearing it.

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From pyjamas to shorts, sleep easy in their luxurious nightwear,

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Marks & Spencer and David Gandy’s Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

These and other models and colors you can buy it here.

David Gandy shirtless for Mark & Spencer’s Spring Summer 2016!

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Iconic British model David Gandy, we know from his famous Dolce & Gabanna photoshoots, continues now on his on-going relationship with Mark & Spencer fronting a new outing in swimwear styles from David Gandy for Autograph.

In collaboration with David Gandy they developed a luxurious range of swimwear, underwear and sleepwear using the world’s finest fabrics. The beautifully made swimwear combines Quick Dry technology with a detail-rich tailored but modern design. For vèry good prices!

Dive into summer with the range’s 10 smart colours and two leg lengths:

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Marks & Spencer - Spring/Summer 2016

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Marks & Spencer, David Gandy for Autograph, Spring/Summer 2016

These and other models and colors you can buy it here.

Model Jacob Hoxsey Strips Just To His Jock Cup as The Player

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The grizzled Jacob Hoxsey looking immaculately dapper in a white vest, leg pads, and jock cup, for an afternoon game of cricket by Venfield 8.

Not even the bottle of Hildon mineral water can cool a 23-year-old model Jacob Hoxsey off from the California afternoon sun, so he strips down to his jock cup and less in a seductive game where he’s the only player. Photography by Venfield 8 for The Summer Diary.

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Not even the bottle of Hildon mineral water can cool Jacob off from the California afternoon sun, so he strips down to his jock cup.

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Jacob is just 23, but already a man full grown.

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Photography by Venfield 8