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Trophy Boy: Nick Mascardo

Nick is the 24 years old Andrew Christian Trophy Boy from Pensacola, Florida.

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Nick is the 24 years old Andrew Christian Trophy Boy from Pensacola, Florida. He entered and won the 2016 Trophy Boy contest. Since then he has moved to San Diego, California.

In one sentence, describe Nick.
I am the friend you have to explain to your other friends before they meet me.

Tell us about how you were discovered and began your career.
I was discovered by winning The 2016 Andrew Christian Model Search Contest. I entered the contest and went through several months of voting and campaigning. This process was a lot like an election, everyone voted around the world, I had interviews, appearances and finally a group of judges voted on me. After winning Andrew Christian pushed me to my limits, they helped me break barriers, learn about modeling and also learn about myself. My career with this company has just begun and I am not planning on it ending anytime soon!

What was your motivation to enter the Trophy Boy contest?
My motivation for joining The 2016 Andrew Christian Model Search Contest was actually just the question of “Why not?” I was browsing on Instagram and I saw the AD in my explore page, and I thought to myself the pros and cons of sending in a picture and BOOM, I did it and I am glad I did!

Is modeling something you always wanted to do?
Modeling was not always something I aspired to do. I went to college and graduated with a 4-year degree in Marketing and Communications. I was always interested in marketing just never knew I would be marketing as a model!

Do you ever feel timid or shy in front of the camera?
Nope, not at all. When I first began I was nervous at seeing myself in the photos and now I realize that the only way to have good photos is to be confident! If your not confident in your photos it will show!

So far what has been the most exciting moment in modeling? What has been most difficult?
The most exciting part of modeling so far has honestly been shooting the holiday themed videos, its amazing to be able to live each holiday twice a year! The most difficult part of modeling for me is the business side, I tend to get so caught up in the glamour I sometime forget its a job.

How would you describe your personal style, where do you pull your inspiration?
Honestly, I just pull my inspiration for my style from random places, I like to dress in what I personally find attractive to me.

Where would our readers likely find you in your free time?
I am usually hitting the beach, and if I am not there I am either at the gym or eating tons of food that is bad for me somewhere!

Quick Facts about Nick

  • Favorite Food: Sushi
  • Favorite Singer/Band: Stevie Wonder
  • Favorite Movie: Fight Club
  • Physical Asset: Nationality ( Skin Tone)
  • Favorite Brand of Underwear: Andrew Christian
  • Favorite Style of Underwear: Jock
  • Bedtime Attire: Nothing

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Fitness

Introducing Michael Vail

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I’d like to introduce you to Michael Vail. Michael currently resides in Los Angeles where he works as a personal trainer.

First things first, let’s get some basics out of the way. What are your stats? What is your hometown? Where do you currently reside?
I’m 31, 5’10” 140lbs with Brown Hair & Light Brown Eyes. Born in South Carolina but moved to Corpus Christi, Texas at young age so I claim Corpus as my hometown. Currently I am living my life in Sunny Los Angeles.

When did you first find interest in fitness? How often do you hit the gym?
I first found interest in fitness in college. I took weightlifting one semester and started going to the gym regularly. I’ve always had a lanky/skinny body so when I experienced the results from working out I knew I was into it.  I didn’t fall in love with fitness until I started taking group classes like yoga and cycling. I would probably go to 2 or 3 classes a week. There is truly something special about sharing space and moving with other people.

You have a fantastic body!   What is your #1 exercise routine that most impacts the results you achieve?
WOW Thanks! I love to combine Strength and Cardio. A blend of weights and plyometrics, changing up the speed of movement, range of movement and plane of movement…keeping my body on its toes…sometimes literally. With that said, I’m definitely a believer in doing the most. I love to take all types of classes and stay active outside of fitness like rock climbing (indoors), hiking and dancing.

Physically, what do you like most about your body?   What would you say is your least favorite aspect of your body?
I’m thankful mostly for my skin. I was gifted with smooth skin that tans easily. I’m half Filipino so I can get pretty dark pretty quick but I never forget to moisturize. What I’m most self-conscious about is how skinny I might look. Which sounds silly but being in the fitness world I’m constantly compared to guys who are usually a lot bigger than me. I love my body and have never felt more confident in my skin than I do now.

Do you have any hidden talents?
Yes! I eat all day every day. I have a metabolism of a hummingbird and have a love for all kinds of food. My anti-talent is that I cannot float. I just sink to the bottom.

Describe your personality in 3 words.
Energetic, Positive, Open-Minded

Besides the gym, where would our readers likely find you in your free time?
You can find me in West Hollywood. I love a good pool moment at The Standard and parties around town. If it’s a regular Saturday night you can find me on some dance floor somewhere in WeHo.

Favorites:

  • US city: Los Angeles
  • Country to visit: Thailand
  • Singer/Band: Dua Lipa
  • Underwear Designer: Marco Marco
  • Clothing Designer: I’m not big into fashion and usually steer away from something with a label or logo on it. I love all facets of fashion from the art, to the creation, to the runway but for myself I prefer a simple
  • Retail Store: Target haha! Really though, they have everything I need.

What is the one issue that could make you a political activist?
I feel like I’m already as active as I want to be with politics at the moment. But I know there will be a moment somewhere down the line where I will have to speak up.

How can our readers find you on social media and the internet?
I’m most active on instagram right now @michaelvailfit. Currently working on my website MICHAELVAILFIT.COM which will offer workouts, videos, private trainings, recipes and everything else that I am up to.

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Drag Queens

Axel Andrews: Male Entertainer With A Touch of Drag

Learn about his first time in drag, his crazy fans and some misconceptions of drag.

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Axel Andrews has always been one of my favorite drag performers. I first discovered him on Instagram and was instantly a fan! I got the opportunity to interview him recently and I gotta say, I did a little happy dance inside haha!

Learn about his first time in drag, his crazy fans and some misconceptions of drag. Happy reading!

Tell us about you; where you’re from, how you got into drag, etc. Just a little bit about you in general.
My Name is Axel Andrews, Son of Roxxxy Andrews and grandson of the legendary Erica Andrews. I was born and raised in a little city on the west coast of Florida named Seminole. I was born into a loud Italian family with 3 sisters. I moved to orlando in 2007 to attend UCF where i later dropped out to pursue better things… like drag and bartending lol.

After moving I became active in the Orlando gay community almost immediately, meeting a lot of new faces, some which were constantly caked with makeup. Having an artistic drive as long as i can remember, I became friends with the local Queens, thus leading to my experimenting with my character. I worked at Pulse Orlando for 8 years and an entertainer and bartender. I’m currently a Host at Southern Nights Orlando on Tuesdays and Thursdays and traveling whenever I can. Myself and my good friend Bobby Mills are responsible for an annual charity event called “Dancing with the Queens”. We’ve managed to raise almost $40k total in the 4 years for the Hope and Help Center, who specialize in helping those who live with HIV or AIDS.

Tell us about your first time in drag?
My first night in drag was a train wreck, but for a great cause. A club kid friend of mine asked if i’d like to participate in his annual charity event to raise money for the American Cancer Society. He noticed i had been showing a lot of interest in the art of drag and extended the opportunity to me. That was the birth of this monster lol.

Describe your routine getting ready?
Getting ready for me is just as much work as a full blown drag queen. Though I don’t pad, wear tits or heels i still wear wigs and paint my mug just as fierce. I start my night with a nice hot shower where i shave the necessary areas and prep myself for what’s next. I send my music for the night to my DJ, Pack my bags and head to the bar where I would paint and get ready. I’d look a tan Marilyn Manson if i shaved my eyebrows, so I start off by gluing those suckers down. Then I beat myself in the face until show ready. I pin in whichever mohawk i decided on and get dressed.

When you enter a room, what song should be playing?
I’d loose it if i could hear any My Chemical Romance song playing as I stroll in.

What is your favorite song to lip-sync? Why?
I’d have to say Thanks for the Memories by Fall Out Boy. It gives me all of the energy I need to perform for just about anyone. It’s the type of song I could perform with my eyes closed and a million people watching.

Can you describe your most nerve-wracking experience?
My most nerve-wracking experience would have to be walking in the Marco Marco Fashion show in Miami. That was the first time i’ve had to model someone else’s work in drag, with a bunch of Drag Race Alumni. I didn’t want to embarrass myself. Don’t worry, I did haha.

Where do you take your inspiration from?
I typically get inspired for the music I love. I like my looks to appear confident, almost dominatrix at time. So ill often develop a costume/look based off of something striking or bold.

What is a common misconception about drag?
There are a million misconceptions that I could say, but personally with my “Drag” a lot of people tend to think i’m a queen with a beard. When in reality i’m a mix between a drag queen and a male entertainer. I only perform music sung by male artists and consider myself a masculine entertainer with a drag twist.

What are you most known for?
I’d say my overall style. I’m an androgynous character with a distinct brand. Specifically i’m most known for my Mohawks, Chest revealing costumes and song choices.

Tell us about your craziest fan experience?
The most memorable fan experience I’ve had was when i was traveling. A young girl ran to me crying with my T-shirt on. She was in tears because she was so excited to meet me. She informed me the my confidence as this different character helped her through a personal time in her life. It was really hard for her to control herself around me.

How often do you go out not in drag?
Besides specials events or benefits, I’m typically out of drag unless I have a paid booking.

What is your typical “boy” going out outfit?
I’d say a cute tank top with skinny jeans and high top shoes.

Do people recognize you out of drag when you go out?
Yes, Constantly in Orlando. My Boyfriend is always teasing me about knowing “everyone”.

Your Favorite:

  • Movie: James and the Giant Peach
  • Drag Queen: My Mother, Roxxxy Andrews
  • Alcoholic drink: A fresh Moscow Mule
  • Fast Food: A cheap slice of authentic New York Pizza

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Interviews

Raising The Bar with Chris Butler

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Photo Credit: Chris Butler

Chris Butler is all about raising the bar, doing new things and photographing stunning male models. His photos have allowed him to gain quite the following on social media. The sky is the limit for this young photographer. In this interview, Chris Butler discusses how he got into photography, his inspirations and what you can expect to see from him in 2017.

How did you get started in photography?
CB: Growing up, I always had a love for collecting photographs. I always collected pictures of my friends and displaying them in my 3 ring binder for school. It was see through in the front. Then I would spend $5.00 at Walmart and get the disposable cameras with the flash and you would get 25 pics. Then I finally got my first camera and it was a Kodak when I was 17, then my Canon one when I was 19 from my dad. To answer the question: all those things, just a love for capturing moments.

What is it about male models that draws you to photograph them?
CB: With male models, I would say their physique but also, if you really have a gift for art I really go for expression as well.

Who have been your favorite models to work with? Are there any models that you are hoping to work with?
CB: That’s so hard! I have been in the game 8 years and worked with some ideal people. I say Bryant wood for sure and I say Jeff Grant and Cody Jordan along with Colby Erskin as well.

Which photographers do you look to for inspiration?
CB: So many! I love Carlos Trey Salazar I think he’s an artist to watch. I love Michael Anthony downs he’s been an inspiration for many years. I think David Wagner is a huge influence on me when it comes to doing implied stuff. Matt Blum is one of my closest friends and always cherish the advice he gave me which was don’t worry about what everybody else is doing just work on perfecting your art your way.

What have you got in store for 2017?
CB: So many things! I am working on relaunching my style blog in which is called “CB Style” next month which will feature all my photography work. Plus a new photography book series that is focused on hotels rooms. I have Colby Erskin coming back playing a character in this series. It’s different from the stuff I have done in the past. I wanted to start this year raising the bar and doing new things. I will actually tell you the name to the first installment it is called “lits et hôtels” it’s inspired by the work Kevin McDermott did with Todd Sanfield. Something along those lines but more daring and mysterious as it will be a series.

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