has not gone over well with my male peers. People talk behind my back, calling me ‘gay’ or ‘annoying’ just for me enjoying what I enjoy. The boys in my school have treated me this way since second grade. For 7 years and counting this has been going on. Although this does sound really horrible, some good has come of it. Through these 7 years I’ve learned to brush things like this off of my shoulders, because words really are just words. As long as I refuse to give power to them, they cannot hurt me. The barrier that is my confidence could never be destroyed by someone else’s opinion just because I don’t fit the mold of what a ‘boy’ should be. I’m not a strong prince that wants to save the ‘weak’ princess. I’m a boy, and that’s all I am. I will never let gender roles define me. – ETHAN PFLUMM / KANSAS CITY, KS
Boyhood is a series that explores masculinities as an imaginary landscape, and their public construction and transformation through subtexts and a camera. It seeks to make a political statement challenging the system which homogenizes, fragments and disturbs gender manifestations; resulting in a pasty dislocation. – MARTIN CANTOS / QUINTO, EC (PHOTO ABOVE) Truth is rarely more difficult to navigate than when you’re falling in love. What you think to be true, what you know to be true, what you think you know to be true, all these truths intersect and mingle, until none of it, and all of it, is true. The last time I fell in love was in a city 3000 miles from the one I was born in, the one I would return to. For 6 months I was, classically, maybe predictably, the exchange student with an English accent, and she was a local. Through her I learned bars and gardens, galleries, coffee, restaurants and parks. I learnt the suburbs, and her fingertips, and her heavy honey dew eyelids, all the while knowing the truth: that this would not, and could not last forever. But it was fun. We flirted, we flattered each other. We were having fun falling in love, going through the motions, allowing ourselves the luxury, the intensity minus the consequences, of falling in love. One night in the cramped single bed in my campus dorm room, we lay close, side by side, asleep. We were just lying next to each other. Not in a lover’s embrace; just lying side by side, holding hands. At that point it was all that we needed from each other. To this day I still don’t know whether she was awake or not when she said it, but as we lay there, holding hands, she stirred, and I woke to hear her say, ‘This feels right. It doesn’t feel forced’. And it was true. – GUS CLARKE / OXFORD, UK
I’m an introvert. A true, one-hundred-percent, introvert. Living in a world where everything is based on high noises, strong voices and outgoing personalities. As I grew older, I followed the lead and did what was expected of me. I was failing and exhausted. By the time I realized that I was introverted, I was 21. With this new insight I found peace and finally understood myself, my needs and how to respect my feelings and source of energy. There’s so many out there who don’t know the nature of introversion, and will never have the chance to learn to be themselves, truly. – HELENE FOSSLI / KRISTIANSAND, NO True beauty is when you accept yourself and let others see the true you. These pictures represent who I really am, and I am super proud of how far I have become despite of all the obstacles I have come across. From a language barrier, to leaving my family to follow my dreams, to losing my first baby and having two full-time jobs plus school. As a fashion influencer, it is my goal to encourage others to do the same by using this platform to spread the love for fashion but also self-acceptance. Go with all you got for that dream of yours because when you feel you are far away, is when you are the closest to achieve it. – NATALIE GUZMAN / ORLANDO, FL (PHOTOS BELOW)
I really wish we could live in a world where boys played with dolls and girls played with trucks and no one would care. Although this world is becoming more of a reality, we just aren’t there yet. I know we aren’t there yet because of some of my own troubles with gender roles. As a boy who really couldn’t care less about trucks, sports, or anything masculine, you could probably tell I’m somewhat of a target. I have a passion for writing, fashion, and really anything creative. My personality
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