THE GREAT CHICAGO FIRE IN 1871 LEFT ABOUT A THIRD OF THE CITY IN ASHES. IT WAS A DEVASTATING MOMENT FOR THE THEN FASTEST GROWING CITY IN THE WORLD. BUT THE INHABITANTS OF THE WINDY CITY BRAVELY PICKED UP THE PIECES OF THEIR LIVES AND THEIR GREAT CITY AND STARTED REBUILDING. AFTER ALL, LIVING IN A CITY THAT IS PESTERED BY COLD, WINDY AND SNOWY WINTERS MAKES YOU A SURVIVOR. AND SO THE CITY RAPIDLY STARTED TO RISE FROM ITS ASHES ONCE AGAIN. LITERALLY, BECAUSE CHICAGO WAS THE FIRST CITY IN THE WORLD TO REACH INTO THE SKIES WITH A 42-STORY BUILDING: THE WORLD’S FIRST SKYSCRAPER.
Currently Chicago is home to approximately 3,7 million inhabitants. Dave Ouano is one of them. Completely self-taught, Dave has built himself a successful career as photographer and has been making name for himself by shooting club and event photos for magazines and papers such as Windy City Times, ChicagoPride.com, GoGuide and Nightspots for over 18 years. A period in which his work of course not went unnoticed. The visibility he gained with those many publications, landed him many corporate and commercial assignments and clients, and Dave Ouano is now a well sought-after photographer for many local businesses as well as fashion editorials. This month Fashion Chicago Magazine will feature one of his latest editorials.
The story of the fallen angel has been used and described in many ways. But if there ever was such an event, we tend to believe it must have happened in Chicago. The city is known for its ghastly winds and so it seems logical that nothing but a bird or a jet driven plane would manage to stay in the sky. Certainly no angel. The classic fallen angle theme is also the main source of inspiration for Dave Ouano’s movement and jumping series. Trying to defy gravity and allowing the human form to separate from Earth, even if it is for just a moment, has driven Dave to compose a wonderful gallery of images of models, actors and dancers in several stages of airborne positions. Like fallen angels desperately trying to climb back into the skies. Since these are by definition no positions you can stay in for longer than a split second, you can imagine the skill and timing sensitivity necessary to create such a portfolio. Impressive is the first word that comes to mind.
Dave Ouano loves to work with dancers or just individuals who can move well, are fearless and can express emotion through their body movement, energy and facial expression (or the lack of it). Whether it truly is driven by the fact he lives in the Windy City or not, Dave believes it can be invigorating to defy gravity whenever possible, where most of us go through life always connected to the ground. It is this way of working that injects so much personality and charm into Dave Ouano’s original work. It really does say a lot about Dave’s way of thinking. Unlimited and reaching for the stars. Visionary. Exactly as his fellow Chicagoans have always done. –BM-
DAVE OUANO | BEAUTIFULMAG
JUST IMAGINE, YOU ARE NOT EVEN BORN YET BUT YOU ARE ALREADY FEARED. AND WHY? BECAUSE YOUR MOTHER HAD A DREAM AND SOMEONE INTERPRETED THAT IN SUCH A WAY IT REALLY DOESN’T MAKE YOU LOOK THAT GREAT. IN FACT, IT MAKES YOU PROBABLY THE MOST UNWANTED BABY EVER. IT WOULD PROBABLY MAKE YOUR PARENTS SERIOUSLY DOUBT YOUR WHOLE EXISTENCE AND CONSIDER TO GET RID OF YOU. EXCEPT THAT IS NOT AN OPTION. FATE CANNOT BE CHANGED AND SO YOU ARE DESTINED TO BECOME A CATALYST FOR ONE OF THE MOST DRAMATIC EVENTS IN HISTORY.
Sounds a bit overdramatic? Maybe. But then again, old Greek mythology was pretty dramatic. And still there is evidence that this little story really happened. A small story with huge consequences. A small story that changed the known world of that ancient time. And it all happened in a city, both factual and legendary, which was located in northwest Anatolia, southeast of the Dardanelles and besides Mount Ida. A city that is known by the name Troy.
King Priam had a number of wives. During his reign he fathered about 50 sons and many daughters. Among them was Hector, war hero and heir to the Trojan throne, and Cassandra, the tragic prophet who foresaw her own – and many others - dead and disaster due to the massive eruption and destruction of Thera. An event that many believed to be the fall of Atlantis. And one other son was Paris, born Alexandros.
While pregnant of Paris, Priam’s wife Hecuba had a dream of giving birth to a flaming torch. The seer Aesacus saw this as a foretelling of the downfall of the mighty city of Troy. He declared the child would be the ruin of his homeland and therefore should be killed right after being born. Both Priam and Hecuba were unable to kill the infant themselves and so a herdsman was ordered to move the child away and take his life. But him to was unable to hurt the innocent babe and left him exposed on Mount Ida, hoping he would perish there. But Paris survived, and, suckled by a she-bear, grew up to be a young man of outstanding beauty and intelligence.
Helen was the daughter of Leda, wife of the Spartan king Tyndareus. She grew up to be a girl of extreme beauty and since no one could for sure say who her father was, it was assumed she could only be the daughter of Zeus, Overlord of the Greek Pantheon. When it was time for Helen to marry, many kings and princes from around the world came to seek her hand. Eventually it was Agamemnon from Mycenae who claimed her. Not for himself but for his brother Menelaus, king of Mycenae. But as said before, fait cannot be changed and before Helen could marry her king, Paris from Troy came to visit Sparta on a diplomatic mission. Upon seeing the handsome Troyan prince, Helen fell in love and decided boldly to escape her supposed fate and went to troy with Paris. Little did she know because instead of escaping it, she followed what fate had planned all along.
And so it came to happen that Paris and Helen went to Troy and by doing so they decided upon the fate of this most fabled of all cities. Because the Mycenaean and the Spartans joined forces and followed them. For them it was a moment they had been waiting for. The two Greek forces had their mind set upon the enormous wealth of Troy and Helen’s ‘abduction’ was all the excuse they needed for a large scale attack. Together with his brother Hector, Paris defended his beloved city but they were not strong enough for the combined armies under the command of Agamemnon and Achilles. And so Troy fell, but on the final day of the battle the Thera, the isle of the Minotaur erupted in a massif explosion that sent tidal waves all over the Aegean Sea. Troy disappeared, and so did many other small kingdoms and states. And the few survivors fled westward, to a land laid out over 7 hills and started a small survivors colony which later would grow into the mightiest empire that ever ruled on Earth. And Helen? Her fate is a mystery with many accounts. –BM-
Roberto Chiovitti photographed model Paris in the character role of his namesake Paris of Troy, son of Priam, lover of Helen and catalyst to the destruction of Troy.
ROBERTO CHIOVITTI | BEAUTIFULMAG
PARIS | BEAUTIFULMAG
CHRISTMAS IS BY TRADITION A TIME OF REFLECTION. A TIME OF SLOWING DOWN AND TAKING A CLOSER LOOK AT OURSELVES AND THE ONES CLOSE TO US. A TIME OF CELEBRATION AND HAPPINESS. AND A TIME OF ENLIGHTENMENT AND SHARING. AND FOR SOME IT IS A TIME OF CLOSURE. A MEMORABLE DATE TO FINISH THE OLD AND START SOMETHING NEW. BUT ABOVE ALL CHRISTMAS IS A TIME OF BEAUTY. BEAUTY IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD.
When you are young, Christmas is probably the most wonderful time of the year. There are lights everywhere and beautiful trees decorated with silver and gold. The time of Santa Claus and his magic elfs. And presents. Many presents. And than, when you grow up the magic becomes thinner. Santa disappears and makes place for hurried days full of preparations, planning and organization. And when Christmas is finally there, it just doesn’t feel the same as it used to. It has often become a time of obligations and the presents, if there are any, are not as surprising as they were when you were young.
If you are one of those who feel they have lost the magic of Christmas, rest assured. It is still there. You just need to look a bit further then when you were a kid. And you need to believe. Christmas is no longer the promise of red fire trucks and Barbie dolls is shiny gowns. But there is still a lot to be grateful for and a lot to be shared. And so especially for you we have prepared a gift that is unique. It is a gift of beauty. It is only for the ones close to us and it is memorable in the sense that it is probably the last of its kind. Our gift to you this Christmas is Brad and the last (almost) nudes he shot with Malemodel.nl photographer Gert Kist.
You might remember him from some months ago. Gert Kist introduced us to Brad in April this year as the model that comes by only ever once in a while and makes your mouth fall open in awe. It happened to him. It happened to us. And apparently it happened to a handful of agencies and fashion houses as well. Because since then, Brad, Dutch from Croatian origin and barely 18 years old, has moved on to an international modeling career and has become a well sought after model for some of the biggest fashion brands of today. And as it is often the case when young men sign contracts with renowned agencies, they move out of reach of the masters of artistic photography.
Christmas is by tradition a time of reflection. And so let us think a little bit on this phenomenon. We live in modern times and we all know what a naked man looks like. At least I certainly hope to. Still most of the time when models enter the exciting world of fashion, they are no longer allowed to pose for artistic nudes. It is rather strange. It looks like agencies and fashion labels still use their models as coat hangers, and seem to forget in the process that most of these men – and women – are human beings with emotions, with beauty and – yes – with sexuality. Brad for example is the personification of male beauty. Well shaped, well proportioned and masculine in every sense. It is a shame it all needs to be covered up. And lets face it, when you see a beautiful man on a runway, don’t you sometimes wonder what he looks like underneath those designer outfits?
So here he is gentlemen: Gert Kist’s Brad in all his glory. His last and final nudes. Our Christmas gift for you. And how wonderful he looks against that blue backdrop, covered with tiny silver water drops. A flagship photography set that explains what Malemodel.nl is all about. Beautiful, sensual and sexual men. Of course we wish Brad all the best in his fashion career, but still, we carry a tiny flame of hope that this won’t really be the last time we see him in all his glory, without a Prada suit. And if that happens, if that veil of taboo lifts we can sit back and relax. Because then Christmas really is here. –BM-
GERT KIST | BEAUTIFULMAG
CHRISTMAS IS A CELEBRATION OF GIVING. IT IS THE TIME OF THE YEAR WHERE YOU SHARE LOVE AND AFFECTION. IT IS ALSO THE TIME OF PRESENTS AND SURPRISES. THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS DAY IS BOXING DAY, NAMED FOR THE FACT THAT ON THIS DAY WE THINK ABOUT THOSE CLOSE TO US AS WELL AS THOSE WE DO NOT KNOW BUT ARE IN NEED FOR SOME WARMTH AND ATTENTION.
If you enjoyed the gifts we had for you on Christmas Day, you will most likely also lick your fingers at the sight of the presents we kept hidden for you for today. Bowing Day, the day to unwrap all your presents and play with the new goodies Santa has brought you. And today we do that with the second part of Gert Kist’s generous offer and some Christmas gifts at the courtesy of from John Clum and a special treat from Simon 'Hotsnapz' Barnes. For sure this will help you through the day.
We already experienced back in November that the grass is greener on the other side. How green exactly is something you can find out by yourself, visiting Gert Kist’s Malemodel.nl website. But we are happy to offer you at least a little appetizer in the form of Claudio. Although ‘little’ doesn’t really describe this beautiful men from Mexico.
In the 31 acre wooded, private park-like Table Rock Refuge, in the gentle shadow of the Pennsylvania’s Endless Mountains, John Clum combines his two passions – painting and photography – and transforms it into a unique art form. We have seen that already back in March this year, and we saw it for the second time with his series focused on Alex early December. A set that went accompanied with a most original cover. And today he is back.
“The painter in me loves photo editing and creating unique situations with a twist. My imagination takes over when I begin to edit and Christmas is the perfect subject for my irreverent sense of humor. A sense of humor I had to develop just to survive childhood and my teens being the gay son of two Pentecostal Ministers. I hope my Christmas satire brings a smile to its viewers. If you can't have a little irreverent fun on Christmas it would be very dull. Cheers, John Clum.” –BM-
Featured models for John Clum: Anthony Barillo | Alex | Teo Turato | Brock Chapman.
JOHN CLUM | BEAUTIFULMAG
MALEMODEL.NL | BEAUTIFULMAG
IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR, AND BECAUSE OF THAT WE HAVE PREPARED YOU A SPECIAL GIFT. NOT SURE IF YOU MADE A BEAUTIFULMAG CHRISTMAS WISH LIST, BUT IF YOU DID, WE HOPE OUR GIFTS WON’T DISAPPOINT YOU. WE CHOOSE THEM WITH CARE, WRAPPED THEM AND UNWRAPPED THEM, AND OFFER THEM ESPECIALLY FOR YOU.
Christmas. We talked a lot about it over the past days. And now it is here. As usual we have prepared something special for you. Over the past year we have offered you some very special series shot by Gert Kist, and so, keeping it in tradition, he is present this year as well. But in addition we decided to give you a bit more. Two days of the sexiest Christmas boys, offered by Justin Monroe, John Clum and Gert Kist. So relax, sit back and let is all come over you. And let’s not forget, have a wonder Christmas time.
We are always happy when we can work with Justin Monroe, and so when he offered some special gifts for Christmas, we were shaking of excitement. And not without reason. Justin is always a very welcome guest at BeautifulMag, highly appreciated not only by us, but – as we know – also by you. So following the work he showed last month us focusing on his recently launched 2013 calendar Rock Bottom, here a brand new package from this most gifted artist from Los Angeles.
"Here are some holiday goodies guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth without making you fat. From all of us here at Monroe-land, we would like to wish Beautiful Magazine and its subscribers a happy, healthy and prosperous holiday season. We would like to thank you for the opportunity to have the BEST job in the entire world. We are surrounded by naked men every day. Sincerely, Justin Monroe."
As mentioned before, Malemodel.nl’s Gert Kist is a regular when it comes to Christmas series, and so he could not be left out in this Christmas mini-special. His presents are two of his most popular man at this moment. Today we offer you Brad, whom you already met last August. And tomorrow? Well that should remain a surprise, no?
“I would like to wish all the people who follow this beautiful site a merry merry Christmas and a good health and happy new 2012! Also I would like to thank BeautifulMag for publishing and promoting my work. We really had some great articles and series this year. Finally I also would like to thank my models from Malemodel.nl for all the hard work and believe in me. Without these great hot guys I could not make all this happen. For next year we will have some great new series for you. So I hope you will keep on following this beautiful site and enjoy my work.” – Gert Kist. –BM-
GERT KIST | BEAUTIFULMAG
JUSTIN MONROE | BEAUTIFULMAG
CITY SIDEWALKS ARE BUSY SIDEWALKS, DRESSED IN HOLIDAY STYLE. AND IN THE AIR THERE IS A FEELING OF CHRISTMAS. STRINGS OF STREETLIGHTS AND EVEN STOPLIGHTS BLINK A BRIGHT RED AND GREEN, AS THE SHOPPERS RUSH HOME WITH THEIR TREASURES. IT IS THE 24TH OF DECEMBER AND EVEN THOUGH IT IS CLOSE, IT IS NOT YET TOO LATE.
Don’t you hate those last minute Christmas shopping? The things you forgot to buy, or simply the presents you still need to buy because you just didn’t have the time. Today is the 24th, the day before Christmas and the last chance to get all your gifting organized. Some of you are done, but others are probably panicking because they still haven’t gotten a clue of what to buy. So here is a suggestion.
ES Collection has transformed itself from a swimwear product to a lifestyle brand. As you probably know already, over the past years ES Collection has offered us a large variety in not only swimwear, but also underwear and more recently athletic garments. And no matter what the Spanish fashion house brings, guaranteed you look absolutely sexy in it. One of their latest creations is the one-piece pajama. Made of 95% of the finest cotton and 5% spandex, this piece is not only soft and comfortable, it also hugs your body closely and accentuates your most sensual shapes. We know what we are going to wear on Christmas Eve. And you? –BM-
ES COLLECTION | BEAUTIFULMAG