ALL THROUGH HISTORY FLOWERS HAVE BEEN GIVEN AS SYMBOLS OF LOVE AND AFFECTION, FRIENDSHIP AND SYMPATHY. IT'S SIMPLE BEAUTY EVOKES UNEXPRESSED THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS SOMETIMES SO HARD TO DESCRIBE WITH WORDS. THE GIVING AND RECEIVING OF FLOWERS OPENS OUR HEARTS TO A VULNERABLE TENDERNESS THAT DESIRES EXPRESSION.
Flowers. Delicate in their beauty, but so strong in their persistence. Nature's pieces of art, yet so necessary in the continuation of the cycle of life. All through history we have had a love relation with flowers. We have come to know them and grow them, gave meaning to them and appreciate them in their simple beauty and significant symbolism. Roses, the queens of flowers, stand for passion and love or purity, peace and happiness, depending on its color. Daisies represent innocence, carnations for a mother's love and lavender for cleanliness and devotion. But there is one flower that has a most particular association.
Orchids come in all kinds of shapes and colors. This most delicate flower is associated with beauty, love and luxury. But, based on its name origin – the Greek orkhis which means testicle – the orchid also stands for virility. And so if we would have to find a flower to associate with Juan Carlos, we would definitely choose the orchid.
Juan Carlos, another discovery of Dutch photographer Gert Kist, is of Spanish origin and a good friend of Christian, whom we have presented to you on BeautifulMag on several occasions already. Juan Carlos is not entirely unknown either, as you might have seen and admired him already in Gert Kist's duo shoot with earlier mentioned Christian. Juan Carlos is one 24 years old and as much man as you can get. With his well trained body that has strength written all over it, and his dreamy innocent look in his face, Juan Carlos has found a job that perfectly fits his personality. Juan Carlos is a florist and thus surrounded by those delicate creations of nature all the time. It leafs little doubt his sells a lot, this Spanish orchid. Straight as an arrow, but willing to bare it all, Juan Carlos is the perfect accession to Gert Kist's Malemodel collection, which is a flower collection all by itself and a welcome addition to the bouquet of flowers we have composed with Gert over the past years. –BM-
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