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Male Model Casting: Open Shoot!

Amateur Male Model Casting & Open Shoot. Oakland Ca October 28th and 30th 2014

October 11, 2014 Posted by | Male Model Casting, Male Model News & Events | , | Leave a comment

The Dreaded Farmers Tan Turned Awesome …

Guys with a Farmers Tan

 

 

Some people find them sexy or cute, but for commercial photographers shooting male models for a client, a farmers tan can be a real show stopper. Sure, you can adjust the lighting or make edits in photoshop to minimize the awkward tan lines, but for us, a farmers tan has always been something to avoid at all cost.  That’s why the FamerTans photoshoot by commercial photographer Simon Cauvier Goupil caught our attention … Simon took took something we dread, embraced it and made it awesome …. You can see the shoot at Male Model Scene.

October 3, 2014 Posted by | Male Model Portfolios | Leave a comment

Does National Coming Out Day Still Matter?

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Short Answer: More then ever!
Long Answer: On October 11, the LGBT community and its many supporters will celebrate National Coming
Out Day (NCOD), a civil awareness day that celebrates individuals who publically identify as a
gender or sexual minority. The first NCOD back in 1988 was observed only in 18 states, this
year it will be all observed by all 50 states of the United States, plus Australia, Canada, Croatia,
Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. In the
United States and around the world, the LGBT community has gained victories and
achievements in the promotion and protection of civil rights and freedoms. With all this progress
at home and abroad, we pose the question, does National Coming Out Day still matter?
And the answer is that it does, and just as much now as it did on its first observance. The LGBT
community has gained much recognition and support, but there are many problems and issues
still faced in the United States and other countries. Yes, the LGBT community has been
victorious in many instances but there is still so much progress to be made in many aspects of
society. There are many individuals in the world who still suffer repercussions for their sexual
and gender identity and until that stops .. supporting young men and women coming to terms with their sexuality matters!
In August of 2014, a 16 year old Colombian gay teen committed suicide after enduring sexual
harassment accusations when his gym teacher found a picture of him kissing his boyfriend on his
phone. He was forced to visit the school psychologist and suspended. The school refused to
release his academic results and blocked his transfer to another school. The teen shortly
thereafter committed suicide by jumping from a shopping center. Jadin Bell, a 15 year old gay
youth from Oregon, committed suicide in 2013 after being bullied in person and over the internet
for his identification as gay. Both of these individuals lived in a country where homosexuality in
not criminalized, yet still were ostracized for their sexual identification.
Much progress has been made in several countries, in 2013 Uruguay and New Zealand granted
same sex marriage. In 2015, Luxembourg will become the 17th country to grant same sex
marriages. But we have seen regression in several places around the world. In 2014, Uganda
passed a law which penalized same sex relations with life in prison, the original draft of the law
asked for the death penalty. The law included extradition for Ugandan nationals who were in
same sex relations abroad so they could face their punishment in the African country. It also
included penalties for those who knew or supported members of the LGBT community. The law
was made invalid by the Constitutional Court of Uganda in August of 2014. 38 African countries
still criminalize homosexuality. In 2013, Russia passed its LGBT Propaganda Law, which made
it a criminal offense to distribute propaganda that supports what it defines as “non-traditional
sexual relationships” to minors. In both of these countries, there was increase in violence against
the LGBT community, as these laws were cited as justifications for the incidents. A
documentary, Hunted, by Channel 4 in the United Kingdom, expressed how young gay men in
Russia were experiencing a “new wave of terror”. Even in countries were progress has been made, there are still subtle and not so subtle indications of discomfort on the identification of gender and sexual minorities.
In September of 2014, Chile’s La Polar clothing store release an advert which showed same sex couples displaying
affection through hand holding and kissing, the video was quickly removed and replaced by a
more toned down version. Francesc Morales created a parody of the video with the help of other
artists; the video’s main message is that being gay is not a fashion. Soon after La Polar placed
the original video online, but not before many discouraging comments were made on Morales’s
video post. Comments included that it is irresponsible to place videos of same sex couples
kissing that children can see. Some of the worst comments incited the death of all homosexuals.
The LGBT community still faces other issues beyond the opposition to identification and
criminalization. In the United States, a lot of progress has been made at the state and city
government level to legalize same sex marriages and prevent discrimination against the LGBT
community. But the LGBT youth is still at risk and prone to more challenges. One problem that
LGBT youth face is homelessness in instances where they are rejected by their family and
community, a case that is very common among religiously conservative homes and communities.
LGBT youth make up 40 percent of the homeless youth population in the United States,
according to research by San Francisco State University’s Family Acceptance Project. While the
Center for American Progress places the number of homeless LGBT youth between 320,000 and
400,000 in the United States. Another problem faced by LBGT youth is the lack of access to
competent and sensitive care for those who identify as transgender. In August of 2014, Riley
Mascatel from Philadelphia committed suicide by jumping in front of an Amtrak train. Riley was
a transgender individual who never was comfortable in his body. The National Gay and Lesbian
Task Force and National Center for Transgender Equality state that 41 percent of their
respondents have attempted suicide.
On October 11, the LGBT community will celebrate National Coming Out Day, a day of
observation of the determination by individuals to live out publicly their sexual and gender
identification. The day should observe the decision of individuals to embrace their sexual and
gender identification, but it also should lend attention to the challenges and repercussions that too many
individuals still face for their identification.  The LGBT community has made several achievements. But there is much progress to be made, and National Coming Out Day can be a focus on the great work to be done.
That’s what we think anyway ..  Ace Male Models | Miami, FL | USA

September 26, 2014 Posted by | Life & Style | Leave a comment

Labor Day 2014

Technically Labor Day is supposed to be a Holiday to honor the men and women of the workforce with a much need day off. But given that almost 40% of Americans work in the Retail, Hospitality and / or services industry of some sort, it seems that many of us end up working over time on labor day. For us (and many others I think) Labor Day is more of a time stamp that transitions us out of summer mode and slams us into one of the busiest times of year as we work to help our clients get their business websites ready for the upcoming holiday shopping season. Also, in the weeks following labor day we shoot more product and catalog photography than any other time of year.

No matter what you’re up too this weekend, working, celebrating or other, we hope you find some time to be with people you care about and enjoy some of the last days of summer. Happy Labor Day 2014 form all of us at Ace Male Models / Miami, FL USA

product and catalog photography

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August 30, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Stunning Male Model Photo Art by Bob Bienpensant

Every once in a while art we find art on the web that stops us dead in our tracks – and that’s exactly what these male model photography renders by artist Bob Bienpensant did. Bienpensant is from France and a new and up and coming name in the modern erotic art scene. You can view more of his gay erotic photo art at Erotic Collectibles™.  Pretty sure a couple of his prints are going on our Christmas list later this year!  Enjoy!!  xoxxo ~ ACEBOYS™ / Miami, FL  USA

You can purchase Mr. Bienpensant’s work @ Fine Art America


Male Model Photography Art by Bob Bienpensant

Male Model Photography Art by Bob Bienpensant

August 26, 2014 Posted by | Male Model News & Events, Male Model Portfolios | , | Leave a comment

ACEBOY MODELS: FALL 2014

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Male Models Backstage: Personality Matters!

The topic of personality has been coming up more and more lately and for good reason. . . Brands across all industries are working hard to authentically connect with their target customer base and a great way to do that is through video interviews. In this video below, male model Logan is being interviewed by allaustralianboys.com and it’s a very smart move on their part. By publishing this backstage, informal discussion members of the adult pay site can get a much better feel for who the model is and what he is all about. Yes, in this case it’s an adult pay site, but the concept applies to any industry.

 

 Tips for Marketing Directors & Male Models

Tips For Brands: Look for opportunities to take your customers behind the scenes. Reality sells and allowing your customers to feel like they are a part of something or have access to information and content that is normally not shared with the public can make them feel special and help them feel a deeper connection with your brand. Be authentic about it and watch customer engagement increase! Look for more then just hot male models, look for a brand ambassadors who can help your brand, product or service really connect and engage your target customers.

Tips For Male Models: It used to be about getting that one great shot, but things have changed (a lot)! With video becoming much easier to use and publish, advertising and brand models in the connection economy need to be more then just a pretty face. They need to be real people, with real lives and real personalities that potential customers can relate too. The take away for models here is pretty simple though .. When marketing your self via your male model portfolio or lookbook, consider using video to help you stand out from the crowd. Record a short video bio, introducing yourself and helping casting directors get a feel for who you are and what you are about. Think about it! If you need a hand developing a professional portfolio we offer very affordable Male Model Portfolio Launcher services that can help you get your image out there faster and with a look and feel that agents are looking for. You can learn more here: Male Model Portfolio Services

 

We offer a number of professional marketing services for Brands of all sizes and services for male models. For more information please visit our Male Models Website or use the contact form below and the most appropriate member of our team will be in touch with you fast. Thanks!! :)

August 13, 2014 Posted by | Adult Web Content, Hire Male Models, Male Model Portfolios, Male Models Backstage | 2 Comments

Social Networking, Male Model Casting and Matthew Noszka

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How Matthew Noszka Landed Paying Male Model Contracts From The Social Web.

On July 31, 2014 COSMOPOLITAN.COM published a post introducing Matthew Noszka and told the story of how he landed a male model contract with Wilhelmina Models using the Instagram social network.  Per Cosmopolitan, Matthew is business major, plays basketball and all- in-all has a relatively ‘normal’ life for a 21 year old college student.

Well, normal until Wilhelmina agent Luke Simone came across his Instagram profile …

Noszka explains that he was recruited site unseen by Wilhelmina and actually landed a contract with Nike with nothing more then an Instagram account and a few shirtless photos a friend shot of him while working out at LA Fitness. But that’s not the interesting part (to us anyway) …

Personality Matters!

Reading Mathew’s story is worth while for aspiring male models for a couple reasons. First, although he had considered modeling, Noszka never dreamed that this kind of success was within his reach. Second, throughout the brief Cosmopolitan post, the topic of personality came up a few times both from the Wilhelmina agent (Luke Simone) and from Noszka himself.  Obviously Matthew is strikingly handsome and marketable in terms of looks, but according to the article there was just as much emphasis put on his personality and ability to connect and communicate as there was on his looks.  Matthew explains that on one of his go-see meeting with Wrangler Jeans, in addition to photographs they captured video of him introducing himself and telling his story. Like they wanted to really know him, not just look at him (shocking huh?) Luke Simone also commented on personality, stating that although he had never used the Instagram social network to recruit a male model in the past, he was able to get a feel for Mathew’s personality from the variety of photos he published in his profile.

So Why Do Brands Care About A Male Model’s Personality?

In the connection economy, brands need too .. you guessed it .. Connect with their target audience. And there here in lies some lessons for aspiring male models (and female models as well of course). There are countless beautiful young men who could pose for a fashion photo shoot or walk a runway, but can they help a brand connect? To that end, I think we are getting a sneak peak into the future a bit. Aspiring male models should approach modeling more as a Brand Ambassador then simply a pretty face or chiseled body and case study Noska’s story and look for ways to show case not only hot shirtless selfies, but how they are ‘showing up’ on the social web and how their personalities can help brands authentically connect and sell products and services.

Much more to come on this topic of the male model as brand ambassador and personality casting, branding and the emerging criterion that top agents like Simone are using to cast professional male models in future posts.

Congratulations to you Matthew, we will be paying attention to your progress and wish you the very best in the coming year!

Ace Male Models, Miami, FL  USA

Sources & Credits:

Photo by: Leonardo Corredor  // You can see more from this talented photographer here: http://www.leocphoto.com/

You can read the original Cosmopolitan Post here: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/fashion/interviews/a29634/gorgeous-male-model-got-discovered-on-instagram/

To lean more about Wilhelmina please visit their site here: http://wilhelmina.com/

August 10, 2014 Posted by | Hire Male Models, Male Model News & Events, Male Model Portfolios, Male Model Professional Network, Male Modeling Industry | , | Leave a comment

Happy 4th Of July!

July 4th 2014 - Acemale Models & Aceboys

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Noteworthy Fashion Trends For Guys – Spring / Summer 2014

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Happy New Year! Each year around this time, we publish what we believe are the emerging menswear trends that actually matter to ‘real’ guys. We base our Top Fashion Trends For Guys on the catalog photography work we have done throughout the year for our men’s fashion clients as well as what we saw on the male models wearing on the runways. We don’t necessarily approve of them all, but we do believe these are the trends you’ll see on campus, on the street and in the office in the year ahead.  On behalf of ACEBOYS™ Life & Style and Ace Male Models™, here are the Spring 2014 top fashion trends for men …

 

Tie Dye Prints & Big Color

Although this is not our favorite emerging fashion trend for guys this year, we’d be withholding information if we didn’t point it out. More then a couple of the fashion designers targeting the 20 to 30 something man are featuring some sort of  tie-dye prints and if not tie-dye, some sort of pastels in their 2014 spring and summer lines. Yes you read that correctly, dear reader .. tie-dye and pastel prints!! Here’s our take (and it has nothing to do with being gay or straight or metro or anything else, it has everything to do with having a penis) pastels don’t work. If you haven’t figured it out yet, we suggest you don’t go there, unless of course .. forget it, just don’t go there.

mens fashion trend #2 for spring 2014 - socks are optionalDitch The Socks!


I know right!! Just when you finally got comfortable wearing those uber loud plaid or paisley socks you bought 10 years ago as way of ‘expressing your unique personality’ we go and tell you to ditch the socks in 2014 and show off your ankles a bit. WTF?!  Well, fear not dear reader, we aren’t suggesting that you toss your s
ock drawer in the dumpster all together, but going ‘sockless’ this spring is a great way to dress down an outfit.

The no sock trend seemed prominent across many of the major labels in the SS14 fashion previews. A Perfect example is from IceBerg’s SS14 Men’s collection seen below. Go ahead, we dare you to find one of their male models with a pair of socks on.

Suspenders, Bow Ties & Buttons – It’s Geek Chic!

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The nerds finally get revenge in 2014 as a number of subtle but important finishing touches took center stage that scream NERD! It’s pretty much the stuff you would have got pelted on the bus for wearing when you were a kid, but BAM, all of a sudden Geek is fashionable.  We actually like this trend a lot and think that it’s a really cute look for most guys in the right context and situations.

NYC based menswear design collective Bespoken did the best job of showcasing the look on the runway this year. Please check out their website for more great options. 

2014 Mens Fashion Trends by aceboys.com

Printed Blazers & Jackets -

Prints in and of themselves are nothing new and even the most conservative of guys have been playing with prints on campus, on the town and even at work. We see this trend going even further in 2014 departing from the plaid button down to highly energetic printed blazers and sports coats. It’s bold, but brings a element of playfulness to the classic blazer and denim combo that’s become popular with the hipster chique. But before you run off to your closet to mix and match, make sure you know the difference between a Blazer, Sports Coat and Suit Jacket!  Earlier this month, Trunk Club posted the following blog article that helps draw a clear distinction between the three types of jackets and when to and (more importantly) when not too wear each. 

  1. The Difference Between Sport Coats, Blazers, and Suit Jackets – Trunk Club(In the “Ask Barkin” series, our head of sales, Michael Barkin, answers questions about style. This particular edition is inspired by a Gawker blog post.) A couple of weeks ago, Hamilton Nolan advised Gawker readers to avoid wearing sport coats with jeans, saying, “The more fiercely a man argues in favor of wearing sport coats and jeans together, the more plainly the flaws of his character are revealed.”

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Guys Pants Are On A Roll In 2014

Another trend in menswear we see catching on in 2014 is the reincarnation of the oh so Duran Duran rolling up or cuffing guys jeans. We first started seeing this in Eastern Europe in the 2010 timeframe, but it’s clearly catching on in the America’s now as well. Popular men’s clothing lines like J-Crew are actually showing catalog images of their denim rolled up or cuffed at the bottom. Cuffing men’s jeans is a very simple trick that takes and ordinary outfit and adds instant style. The Life & Style team here at ACEBOYS all agree that this is a cool trend that we hope does gain some traction in the coming year. Before you go off rolling up your pant legs, there are a couple things to keep in mind. First and foremost, don’t cuff your denim unless you have a decent pair of shoes on. Sneakers or Sandals don’t cut it and if you’re not careful, you’ll be the brunt of some tired old jokes about floods and stuff like that. Cuffing Men’s jeans usually works best with a casual dress shoe or with a men’s work boot.

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Bye Bye Board Shorts .. and .. Hello Short Shorts:

2014 Mens swimwear trends

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In Conclusion …

Be Bold and Confident and Don’t be afraid to’try on’ the looks and styles you see here and on the designers websites that get your attention. You don’t need to run out and spend a fortune either, many of these looks can be achieved with clothes you already have in your closet (or on the floor for our dorm based readers).

January 3, 2014 Posted by | Life & Style | | Leave a comment

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