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  • Jode - I like to encourage body confidence

    Jode - I like to encourage body confidence

    The pink paint shoot was one of my favourite projects I have worked on.

    Myself and Jason (Phototrinity) brainstormed ideas for this paint shoot and spent about 2 months getting the resources for it and planning exactly what we wanted to do. This shoot was split into two main sets of photos. The first was fun, creative, bright colourful shots, creating interesting body shapes and focusing on detailed imagery.

    The second was of a slightly darker setting, expressing mental health awareness. This set was created with the message of showing vulnerability and struggles with mental health such as anxiety, depression and BPD. This was a very powerful shoot for me and something I could really use to be expressive and channel all of my energy into.

    The shoot in total took around 8 hours in the studio. It was super fun, very messy and a hot shower afterward was much appreciated!

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  • Cleia - atrevan a hacer lo que les gusta / dare to do what you like

    Cleia - atrevan a hacer lo que les gusta / dare to do what you like

    Mi consejo es que se atrevan a hacer lo que les gusta. Que tengan seguridad en ellas mismas porque la seguridad y la confianza es lo primordial. No se comparen con las demás persona, todos somos diferentes con habilidades y metas distintas. Cuando su voz interior diga: "No puedo" o "No soy capaz", díganle "Puedo", "Soy capaz". Siempre habrá alguien delante de ti haciendo las cosas que a te gustarían hacer y siempre habrá alguien detrás de ti deseando hacer lo que tu haces, así que sé tu misma, con tus habilidades puedes lograr lo que te propongas. 

    My advice is to dare to do what you like. That they have security in themselves because security and trust are paramount. Don't compare yourself to other people, we are all different with different abilities and goals. When your inner voice says, "I can't" or "I'm not capable," say, "I can," "I'm capable." There will always be someone in front of you doing the things you would like to do and there will always be someone behind you wanting to do what you do, so be yourself, with your abilities you can achieve what you set out to do.

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  • Sharon - si quieren algo luchen por conseguirlo, de eso se trata / if you want something, fight to get it

    Sharon - si quieren algo luchen por conseguirlo, de eso se trata / if you want something, fight to get it

    Mi humilde consejo para aquellas chicas que quieran empezar con el modelaje es confiar en sí mismas,

    sentirse seguras y amarse es el primer paso para luchar por lo que quieren. 

    Es cierto que hay envidia y mala onda, pero si quieren algo luchen por conseguirlo,

    de eso se trata porque hay lugar para todas.


    My humble advice for those girls who want to start with modeling is to trust themselves,

    feel safe, and love each other is the first step to fight for what they want.

    It is true that there are envy and bad vibes in this business,

    but if you want something, fight to get it, because there is room for everyone.

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  • Charlotte -  Believe in yourself and you can achieve anything

    Charlotte - Believe in yourself and you can achieve anything

    The confidence hasn't always been there for me. Modelling has definitely increased my self-esteem.

    Your perfect just the way you are and you should show off what you have because nobody has it like you!

    Finding a photographer who to trust and confide in for your first shoot is important, they can help give you guidance as well as help you excel in what you enjoy doing.

    My motto is.. Believe in yourself and you can achieve anything.

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Why Cruising? Why now? And why does it feel like how you answer those questions will determine which side pocket you keep your handkerchief in?


The gay blogosphere has largely treated the re-release of William Friedkin’s 1980 ode to fisting, faggotry, and flash cuts with a level of indifference nearly equal to the fury of the disco era’s gay community. What currency could Al Pacino’s battle with the monsters in his closet possibly have when held against the ironic shitter-stall malfeasance of a real live DOMA-endorsing, Clinton-tutting Republican Senator? The bloggers at AfterElton went so far as to wonder if Warner Bros. hadn’t virally engineered media coverage of Sen. Larry Craig’s graceless political curtain call with as many “cruising” references as possible, which seems a remarkably cavalier attitude toward a film that, in its day, was essentially accused of sanctioning gay murder in the same sense that Dressed to Kill was thought to justify rape. (Brian De Palma had initially considered adapting Cruising before apparently realizing how much he would rather work in his element: high heels, venereal disease, and Park Avenue whores.)

But at least Friedkin and Warner Bros. thought to tack on a defensive statement before the film (at least in its original run) that read “This film is not intended as an indictment of the homosexual world,” which admittedly proves they knew exactly how thin a line they were skirting. It’s still fascinating to weigh the film’s current attempted renaissance (one which, as Ed Gonzalez’s unequivocally contrary blog entry on the film suggests, will still probably wind up in a critical draw) against the current political climate—as well as the current state of gay cinema. Our culture has now scaled Brokeback Mountain and breathed in the thin, undernourished, Oscar-hungry air thereabout. For all its bad judgment, questionable portrayals, and arrogant artsploitation aims, Cruising is precisely what Brokeback and all excepting a small handful of eternally rewarding fringe gay movies (Tropical Malady, Bad Education, Mulholland Drive) are not: an interesting film. If Cruising‘s homophobia is also in contrast with Brokeback Mountain‘s purported lack, well, no one said art (or even faux-art) went down easy. Just ask John Waters, who put the words “the life of a heterosexual is a sick and boring lifestyle” into the snaggle-toothed mouth of Edith Massey years before Cruising got so many dicks bent out of shape.

Cruising, based on a book inspired by a series of murders that would in later years be termed hate crimes, is a film that had to answer for a lot of unfair expectations. Chief among those is the burden of being one of the first major studio pictures to present gay sexuality on the screen (as opposed to the more innocuous gay “identities” of The Boys in the Band). Firsts are always in some measure definitive, and the reservations of those who were not portrayed accurately by Cruising are understandable in light of the film’s implication that each and every last fag in the tri-state area fell into three groups: leather daddies packing cans of Crisco, mincing tranny bitches, or sweet-natured eunuchs caught in between, doomed (because of their unwillingness to fly their freak flag) to spend their miserable, artistic existence in solitude. (I left out a fourth archetype, but since that would be the predatory murderer demographic, I don’t imagine including that to pump up the diversity quotient would appease Cruising‘s detractors.)

Some of the film’s objectionable presuppositions can be dismissed, others not. In the former camp is the notion that the adjustment of the sexual alignment of Pacino’s undercover cop emerges from having spent a few nights pumping his arms on the grimy dance floors of the S&M clubs. He frequently rushes back from his stakeout apartment on Christopher Street to have sex with his girlfriend (Karen Allen). As the film goes on, he appears to engage in increasingly rougher sex, and at one point seems to need to hear that disco-punk beat in his head to get in the mood with her. While to some this is a flagrant demonstration of the insidious, seductive allure of homosexuality that is passed like vampirism, I think Friedkin’s scenario is far more interested in examining the fragility of undercover policemen’s identity.

That Pacino’s crisis is held against the idea (still pretty fresh in the late ‘70s) that homosexuals could be as traditionally macho as heterosexuals is almost accidentally serendipitous, at least as far as the plot is concerned. It’s not necessarily Friedkin’s fault that a few gay men took the baton of that newfound machismo and shoved it too far up each other’s asses. A tad less forgivable on Friedkin’s part, though, is the outcome of Pacino’s crisis (which is probably about as much worth a spoiler alert as is the theory that AIDS may have been contracted among some members of the film’s cast, and on camera at that). Much as Friedkin tries to put a cute question mark on his coda a la The French Connection, you’d have to be pretty desperate for ambiguity to not assume Pacino ends up knifing the one gay man he could have brought himself to love. Now, I’m as repulsed by the mechanisms of fisting as the next guy, but it’s hard to imagine any sane non-fundie with half a wit (or at least a snapped hymen) could reason that all acts of male-on-male penetration are equal, be they consensual or homicidal.

The politics of homosexuality in America are in a continuous wrestling match with the societal standards of heterosexuality. Every policy, every attitude, every lifestyle choice is made in reaction to the standard of hetero monogamy. The Larry Craig incident is only the latest example; countless editorials surmised that airport bathrooms will continue to bear the brunt of unwiped spooge trails until homos are allowed the rights intended them by our nation’s forefathers to violently thrash the springs of their marital beds, that sex between two men (or two women, though you wouldn’t know it even exists listening to media talking points) would be dirty until the act of filing taxes jointly validated it for everyone. Does the resuscitation of Cruising at this moment when political correctness is on its deathbed have more impact from a cultural standpoint than it does from an aesthetic one?
Unquestionably. No matter what any number of Army of Shadows-fellating critics will tell you, the aesthetic values of re-released films are rendered negligible by their cachet as time capsules. In that sense, the appalling horror some may glean from Cruising isn’t its cold, clinical efficiency as both a thriller and a fag-baiting manifesto of hate. Its truly unnerving quality is that its existence is a brutal reminder from the past that homosexuality is not heterosexuality, and that any attempt to reconcile the difference will only breed resentment, confusion, and violence. Or perhaps it will only lead to more lame Hallmark movies of the week like Brokeback Mountain.