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EDITOR’S LETTER

When the idea to start this magazine came to me, I didn’t have a blueprint or instructions to follow to make it come to fruition. All I knew was that I wanted to use my passion and interests to do more for men. As a photographer and professional stylist, I have used my skills to transform individuals for magazines or fashion shows and reported mostly on seasonal trends and “must haves”. Of course, looking one’s best is important and goes a long way both professionally and personally but the fact is, more often than not, the focus is on projecting an artificial image and not really embracing yourself. I wanted this publication to be different. Instead of putting the emphasis on transforming men, I would chronicle their lives, using my passion for photography and fashion to highlight their interests, obsessions, faces, and physiques. The objective is to reveal our similarities and when necessary, our complexities. Without dismissing our love of quality apparel, cars, and all the shiny shit, we will focus on our first objective, which is to present the idea of man with a modicum of depth. Men have been branded ‘simple’ for as long as we have been walking upright, a box we have been made to fit into but one in which we definitely don’t belong. As a gay man, the examples of boxes I must contort myself to fit into are endless. For instance, it’s expected we gay men love fashion, cuisine, travel, and home decor: we are the “arts”. Anything that seemed overly “cultured,” and by that I mean “soft” or “feminine,” was meant to fit directly in our wheelhouse. Similar stereotypes for all men have resulted in prevalentsocietal attitudes that neglect to consider our individual characteristics. After all, not all gay men love fashion and not all straight men care for sports. Yet, we seem to be embarrassed to admit otherwise. We are all individuals who love and want to be loved, and who want to love an eclectic range of things. It is in this space, between what man is perceived to be and who he really is, that allowed MALEIQ to come to be.

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