This summer BeautifulMag exist 10 years. 10 Years of bringing you the best of the best when it comes to male photography. 10 Years of trying to push boundaries. 10 Years of stepping up the barricades when it comes to showing the male body is something to admire and cherish. In all it's glory. In that decade we never shied away from showing you just a little bit more, or even a lot more. We have done it with pleasure even though it has been hard sometimes. Hard to be on top of our game. Hard to try to be the voice of reason when it came to defending male nudity and gay rights. It has been an incredible journey in which we made many friends and some enemies, in which we have been judged and admired and during which we have seen many other blogs come and go.
10 Years of BeautifulMag is currently good for more than 3,000 written articles and, grace to you, almost 10,000 comments. The format has changed over the years, naturally. Some of you might remember our successful Beautiful Thursdays, the Porn Star Interviews, music and film reviews, our anthology book BeautifulVision, the Chronicles of Desire and of the course The Prophecy. A unique photography project, at that time free for you to download in larger than life format, and that has made it's way all around the globe and even found a place in a museum. And though we usually like to stay a little behind the scenes (after all, BeautifulMag is not about us, but about those we chose to feature) we do allow us now to take a step back, look at what we have done and give us a modest pat on the back. Are we proud of this volume of work? Hell yeah we are.
One of the more popular features over the past few years has been the annual SEX Edition (I wonder why...). After a gap of one year, we decided to start celebrating our 10th anniversary with a new SEX Edition. I think/hope many of you will be thrilled to hear that. The other thing we have planned is a party. Obviously that cannot be done online, so I'm sorry for those who are too far away. The party will take place in our hometown Paris, on Saturday June 27. Indeed, the day of the 2015 Gay Pride. We are in full preparation mode already and I can tell you it's going to be a blast. Details will follow, but I thought I give you a heads up in case you didn't make any plans for this summer yet.
When we started BeautifulMag back in 2005 we had no idea we would still be here 10 years later. 10 years in which so much has happened. Not only for us personally, but in the wide world around us. Good things and bad things. And certainly things that, according to us, still need to be pointed out. Need to be improved. Equality and gay marriage. Child adaptation. Acceptance. And as long as we think we can make a change, no matter how small it will be, we will continue doing what we do. Even small pebbles can make a big wave. Thank you for being with us, and we hope you'll join us on the next journey. –BM-
Cover photography by Jesús Ortega Paz.
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