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June 25, 2013

Ryan Taylor, Masculine Cover Man, June 2013

by Caleb Calaraga and Spiro Johansen

Our prototype of a masculine cover man is someone with chiseled features ,  a handsome youthful face , clean-cut and groomed in the right places. 

The Masculine cover guy exudes confidence and has an athletic presence that towers above just your normal average guy. His virility is unmistakable and he turns heads at every corner. The prototype of our Masculine cover man is in fact our very first cover man for this new series on Masculinemag.com. We introduce to you Ryan Taylor, a native of New York State. He's dabbled in the world of modeling , formerly working with a fashion agency in New York but then changing course to become more of a fitness model.  

We know you are dying to get to know Ryan and so we're going to give you a chance to do just that.  The interview with Ryan follows below along with a set of exclusive images and a video trailer with behind the scenes footage from Ryan's photo shoot for the Masculine series.



Ryan Taylor: The Interview

Masculine Mag (M): So Ryan, you’re slowly shifting from fashion to fitness, what made you want to change course?

Ryan Taylor (RT): I always felt I wasn’t into fashion. Yes I liked modeling but had this doubt in my mind if this is what I actually wanted to do. I always had a passion for working out so once my collegiate track career was over; I picked up a new habit. I worked out a little harder developing, focusing on my muscles more and more. Once I realized the potential I had I knew fashion wasn’t for me and my passion turned to fitness and fitness modeling. 

M: What makes you unique as a male model? Where do you think your appeal is coming from? 

RT: What makes me unique as a male model is my ability to attract the eyes of many different audiences. What I mean by this is I catch the attention of not only females but males as well, basically, anyone who looks at my photographs. My appeal comes from the qualities in my face (jaw, eyes, lips) that attract people along with my lean body. I tend to go for the dark, sexy, rugged look, which comes from my strong facial and body features.

M: What part of your body are you most proud of and why? 

RT: I am most proud of my shoulders. Everywhere I go, I get comments on them especially in the gym so they are definitely my prized possession. I am very proud of them because not many people have big or nice shoulders. Guys often focus on biceps or triceps and forget about the beauty of round, broad shoulders.

M: Do you think you have what it takes to become a successful male model? Why? 

RT: There is not a doubt in my mind that I can become a successful male model. I see these other male models and find the urge to do better, look better. I feel it comes from my work ethic and when my mind is set on a goal I strive to achieve it. Throughout my life I was never handed anything; I always had to work for what I wanted. So this is just another obstacle or stepping stone in my life proving people wrong but more importantly proving to myself I have what it takes. 

M: Growing up, have you ever thought of being the hunky man that you are now? Tell us how you have become the handsome man that you are now. 

RT: I never thought I would look like this or even this good. I have always been somewhat skinny with little muscle on my body from track workouts. Once my track career was over I had a void in my life that needed to be filled. I found myself working out with no specific goal in mind. I then realized I wanted to get bigger, while maintaining a lean body. I started researching bodybuilding workouts, routines, diets and even watching videos on how I could transform my body to become something no one else has. I tried many different plans and routines until I found out what worked best for my body and stuck with it. Within 6 month I gained 15lbs jumping from 175lbs to 190lbs where I currently maintain. I knew I accomplished something when people started commenting on my body but it wasn’t until the summer of 2012 where I had my first fitness photo-shoot that I knew all the hard work has paid off. Now I just look to maintain a lean physique with proper eating and workout routines so I can do what I was meant to do:  inspire others and model.

M: When you say masculine, what comes to mind? Do you feel that being stylish, sexy or “metrosexual” goes against the grain of being a masculine man? 

RT: Masculine to me is being manly or tough. I believe men have two thoughts, one is some men feel ‘metro’ is too girly and steps away from the tough, rugged look they use to intimidate people. On the other hand you have men who like to look masculine but are comfortable doing so in a fashionable manner - to look good or better than other people. I personally feel being stylish or sexy doesn’t go against the grain of being masculine but simply shows you are comfortable with your masculinity no matter what you wear.



M: What sets apart Ryan Taylor from every other male model out there? What makes you different, unique – sexier and better-looking than the rest? 

RT: What sets me apart from other models is my personality and look as a male model. I may come off shy at first but once you break my shell I am outgoing, goofy and like to have a good time. Also, not many male models have my ‘look’, which makes me more unique than most male models. I strive for the strong, sexy presence when I model through my bold jaw line, baby blue eyes and great body. I believe my body and face are better than the rest because I focus a lot of symmetry and my overall look. I do not have one outstanding body part but rather many that work together to create this unique look. My uniqueness is that not only can I draw you in with a great body but I have this boldness about me that is not drop dead ‘gorgeous’, but more of a ‘take me home rough sex’ look that leaves you wanting more. This bold, dark, strong look is what makes me sexier than all the rest.

M: What do you think of when you see yourself in the mirror? 

RT: I think about how far I have come. From being a nobody in a small town to finally seeing how hard work pays off through constant motivation and dedication. I also think about how I can make myself better. I always ask myself: “What can I do to separate me from other models even further?”

M: What’s your biggest fear and why? 

RT: My biggest fear is not going anywhere in life. I do not want to be this person who does the same thing day in and day out until I die. I want to be a role model, change people’s lives, take risks, and have the opportunity to be something bigger than I ever imagined. 

M: When not on the set modeling or en route to a casting call or go-see, what do you usually do? 

RT: I usually spend my time with family, working out and personal training others. I am very family-oriented and without them I wouldn’t be here. I also love helping others achieve their fitness goals and giving them motivation to change their lives. It is a great feeling of success knowing you changed your life but a completely different feeling when you helped make a difference in another person’s life.  





Survival of the Fittest

by Peter Renault

Staying on top in the male fitness model scene requires more than just killer looks and an eye-popping physique. A star in the field has to embody the standards of the sport as well as its surface attractions. Success demands discipline, determination and desire.


David Morin has mastered all of these challenges in a career that has lasted decades not just years. His perfectly chiseled features and shredded abs have graced the covers and pages of the leading fitness mags: Ironman, Exercise for Men, Muscle & Fitness, and Natural Muscle. He has figured prominently in high-profile industry ads, countless online blogs and magazine spreads. The biggest names in photography -- David Vance, Luis Rafael, Mark Jenkins, Kemuel Valdes, Jason Ellis and Michael Anthony Downs -- have sought him out to enrich their portfolios. Starting out as a pro skateboarder at 17, David Morin was spotted by the Outlook brand. Later he was the face of Yahoo Personals, did a stint on a VH1 reality show, appeared in Vitamin Shoppe ads and promoted Dymatize Nutrition. He has teamed up with fitness icons Greg Plitt and David Kimmerle in photo shoots and videos. 


But success has not been a simple cakewalk for David Morin. There have been highs as well as lows in his quest for the spotlight. Born in Germany in the mid-70s, where his father was serving in the USAF, David is a mix of English, Native-American, French and German roots. From an early age, he was drawn to martial arts, which provided him with core principles that shaped his mindset, keeping him intensely focused, his eye always on the prize.

As a young married adult, fresh out of school and living in Virginia, Morin grappled with the demands of being a parent with two small boys. There were bills to be paid and family issues at home. "I was consumed and overwhelmed," he has stated in interviews. That early marriage ended in a "painful divorce," a blow to his self-esteem that left him feeling like a failure. But instead of harping on the negative, he channeled his energy and frustrations into working out religiously at the gym. "Training is a metaphor for life," he says. "Weights don't exist." They are just the necessary resistance that makes us strong.  


In time Morin moved to South Florida to devote himself full-time to modeling and training, and continued to land magazine covers and media exposure. In 2011, he beat out some particularly fierce competition to win the first Masculine Magazine Model contest, and was flown to Jamaica for an exclusive shoot with Luis Rafael and Michael Anthony Downs. The breathtaking results proved hands-down that David Morin has a uniquely powerful presence in front of the camera and a timeless virile allure. He epitomizes a type of manly appeal that is natural and unaffected, without the need for theatrics, but still packs a punch. Perhaps his proudest achievement, however, is becoming a father again, this time to twin daughters. 

"You are the maker of your own destiny," Morin says. He has faced more than his share of hurdles, some of his own making. "You acquire some baggage," he has admitted. "We all make mistakes, have shortcomings, trauma. But don't block this out!" Instead, he recommends recycling past experience to build a better future. Missteps become the "fuel," he says, for turning things around through a kind of spiritual alchemy, transforming painful lessons into personal progress. In such moments, Morin has been inspired by the wisdom he picked up from his years studying martial arts. "A warrior does not give up what they love," he says. "They find the love in what they do." 

What is most striking about David Morin's compelling story is his staying power. A Libra, he's in his late 30s, and yet he looks and acts like a much younger man. This is a testament to his passion for a strict healthy diet and lifestyle, but perhaps even more-so to his winning attitude. He takes modeling and training very seriously, but knows how to kick back. He lightens the load, he says, by playing guitar, singing, and acting, and hanging with friends. He also relaxes by kayaking, hiking, motorbiking, swimming, surfing and yoga.

For David Morin, life is about finding an inner balance between family and career, love and ambition. The road may seem long and difficult at times, but that is what makes it worthwhile. In life, as in training, he adds, "Resistance is required so your persistence can be admired."



Men and the War on Pubic Hair

by Spiro Johansen

We think that the "über corporate" world might have something to do with it-- the whole idea of men having to completely shave their genital pubes, and how that is somehow considered a proper grooming habit. 

We see numerous mainstream articles encouraging men to shave their pubes "down there", referring to them as "dirty love nests"; even some referencing back to the days of Michelangelo and his works of art that exulted the "perfect man"... that sported no pubes. We think this idea is silly and down right ridiculous. 


Madonna's former beau, Jesus Luz sporting pubes
Photography by MIKAEL JANNSON for Interview Magazine

The phenomenon of men shaving their pubes probably has more to do with fads and trends more than anything. But in reality, men are unwittingly demasculinizing themselves in order to please their sometimes overbearing female counterparts-- not to mention, creating at times awkward looking visuals. For example, we've seen cases of guys with happy trails that lead to nowhere, and men completely hairy everywhere and then, nothing there--- bizarre!

So while it may be encouraged by the über corporates looking to make millions and billions off of hair shaving products; and while a growing majority of females find it to be clean and attractive on their men... we strongly behoove those men (those blind sheep that follow every ridiculous trend that pops up) to reconsider going to war on their hair, down there.

Public service announcement: Repeated shaving of pubic hair in the genital area causes irritation and small microscopic wounds that can lead to potentially serious infections-- perhaps a good reason and incentive to keep it au' natural. Of course you would want to keep it trimmed and landscaped-- that goes without saying.

A few sentences ago we mentioned the word über corporate so we figured we might as well expand on that a little bit.  What exactly is über corporate? in a nutshell, it refers to companies that are so enormous and so extremely powerful that they can leverage and in most cases control an entire society's mindset regarding the use of a particular product or service -- such as shaving cream and razors and such things.  We are not really anticorporate but surely we cannot be ignorant to the idea that brands like Gillette or Bic benefit tremendously from the propaganda being spread that completely shaving genital pubes is a good thing.

In our final analysis, having pubic hair is not only natural, it is also healthy and a beautiful thing to look at on your male partner. Having no hair down there is for babies, period.


Hot Masculine Movie Flicks for Summer 2013

This summer there are plenty of good movie flicks for the big screen fanatics.  We're going to give you our top 5 most recommended "Masculine" flicks worth watching, as of this writing.  These are movies that pack a punch, don't flitter around with melodramatic storielines and often take you for a ride from almost the get-go. So here is our list, in no particular order:


World War Z:  If you like zombies, this is a movie you will love.  It puts a different spin on the popular horror genre.  Brad Pitt keeps you on the edge of your toes as he dodges, runs, jumps, fights and does everything in his power to not only save the world but his beloved family from a "zombie" virus that is quickly spreading across the planet. It's frights, suspense, bullets, zombies and strikingly innovative and realistic CGI all done in a forboding manner. You might even have nightmares when you sleep!


Fast and Furious 6:  Lots of crazy stunts, manly comedy and sometimes over the top action scenes-- but all in good fun.  It's rivalry and brotherhood mixed with high speed chases and lots of cool scenery, as the movie was filmed in many different exotic locations around the world.  Sequels are never as good as the original movies they follow up to, but this one is certainly an entertaining and thrilling 2 hours of speed.


Iron Man 3:  Robert Downey Jr. plays this role extremely well.  As powerful as his Iron-Man suit is, in this sequel, the superhero takes a beating --  you have to feel for Tony Stark, who gets pummeled almost at every turn as he fights the evil villain Aldrich Killian and his hechmen.  It's all of the high-flying action packed sequences, surprise plots and  comedic segways  that we've come to expect from the Marvel action films of today. Can't miss this one.


Kon Tiki:  In 1947 explorer Thor Heyerdal crosses over 4,000 miles of the Pacific Ocean in a small wooden raft to prove that Peruvians could have settled Polynesia.  It's an epic journey for Heyerdal and the viewer feels it, as the movie is intense, dramatic, captivating and full of real adventure.


Man of Steele:  This latest reboot of Superman is spectacular in terms of production values.  It gives you just enough mushy stuff not to bore you, and plenty of intensity and raw bravado everywhere.  The costumes and settings are surreal and the overal visual effect will leave you mesmerized.  And the story line is a good one.  If DC/Warner Brothers keep this up, Justice League will certainly be a very masculine and intense film-- if it should ever be released.



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