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Pretty Masculine Whether you identify it as an adjective or as an adverb, the connotation of the teaser title of this exemplary work is just part of the double entendre. The images within “Pretty Masculine” speak for themselves. They are not necessarily a commentary on the male ideal, but rather, they are meant to detail and study a specific type of the male form. In the course of capturing these images, the artist has forced his subjects out of context, stoking our senses and sensibilities and quite possibly evoking us to redefine how we view, understand and accept masculinity. Hopefully, through the mastery of Mike Ruiz’s eye, we might all even take the time to reflect upon the greater ideals that lay herein. In more direct terms, this body of work just might serve as a catalyst of

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sorts and give us the amplitude to look at a bigger picture. Perhaps, the message is that we should all take stock and embrace all aspects of life—regardless of the perspective in which it is presented to us. Quite possibly, it is through such unconventionalities that we may all come to welcome our differences and even appreciate each other on the most fundamental of

human levels. Pretty Masculine is now available through: www.MikeRuiz.com


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CELEB By Troy Ordami

MIKE RUIZ IS PRETTY MASCULINE

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ew do cool as hot as high-octane celebrity-fashion photographer and star of "A List: New York," Mike Ruiz. With a unique approach to the exploration of visceral brilliance, his finely crafted celebrity images have appeared in "Vanity Fair," "Italian Elle," and "Spanish Vogue." He has shot some of the hottest in Hollywood from Kim Kardashian to Adam Lambert and the girls of "Jersey Shore." However, even he’ll say that none shined as brightly as beloved Golden Girl turned rapper, Betty White – she actually raps on the new club track, “I’m Still Hot." Savvy reality fans know Mike’s career on the tube started long before "A List: New York." In fact, he has appeared on several shows including "America’s Next Top Model," "RuPaul’s Drag Race," and "Kathy Griffin’s My Life on the D-List." But A List was different. It was the first time cameras documented Mike’s every move and even more significant, it was the first time he gave up creative control. That’s a big deal for a man who is used to calling all the shots behind the lens. It was a professional risk, too, but one Mike doesn’t regret as the show introduced him and his work to a whole new set of adoring fans. In his latest production, Mike Ruiz turns his attention to his first photo book, Pretty Masculine, featuring a hunky gang of male models in various forms of undress. It’s pages and pages of eye candy and all for a good cause, too. Proceeds benefit GMHC. How do you define beauty?  Beauty is very individual and personal. However, I consider beauty to be represented in everything that denotes balance in our world and is in harmony with our environment. True beauty gratifies the senses, which in my case, inspires me to delve deeper into my creative psyche. Isn’t masculinity the opposite of beauty? 

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The opposite of beauty is ugliness. So, to define masculinity as ugly is nothing but a limitation and inherent misunderstanding of what masculinity represents. Masculinity, irrespective of how it is portrayed, is yet another facet of beauty. Traditionally, men have been taught that beauty is a girl thing and that they shouldn’t concern themselves with how they look.   Yes, western culture certainly has imposed its belief that the idea of beauty is relegated predominantly to the female gender. However, this preconception is very limited and I hope that, along with continued changes in our cultural behaviors and values, so too will we notice a shift in accepting that beauty is not “a girl thing”. I, for one, extrapolate what I find to be beautiful and interpret it accordingly. In my mind, there are no limitations to what is to be deemed as beautiful. What is the main message of Pretty Masculine? Beauty is whatever we want it to be. Just be open to new ideas and to the possibility of breaking down inflexible ideological barriers.      How do the men in your book represent male beauty? “Pretty Masculine” depicts just one of many facets of beauty. In this case, the subjects in my book are simply a study of male muscularity—captured through hyper-stylized imagery. The juxtaposition of accessories and materials commonly depicted in our society as being inherently feminine is meant to demonstrate that beauty is all-inclusive and not meant to be segregated. Are they the male equivalent to a Barbie doll?  Are they placing the beauty bar for men at an impossibly high mark? There isn’t or at least there shouldn’t be any bar to define male beauty. Moreover, it is important to remember that the models in my book are real people. They come from many different walks of life and have many different interests and are of many different persuasions. They are all beautiful

individuals with equally beautiful souls. To objectify, plasticize or minimize them by comparing them to Barbie dolls would be nothing more than a perpetuation of short-sighted stereotypical limitations. Isn’t true beauty really on the inside? If you look closely enough, you’ll realize that beauty is all around us—inside, outside and everywhere in between. What are some things you do to be the most beautiful person you can be? I live in my truth, openly and with joy. Of course we have to ask about recent news that you will not be part of next season’s "A List: New York."  Is that true? Yes, it is true. I won’t be returning for a third season. I am most grateful to the producers of the show for having given me the opportunity to be a part of the cast. I have met many people and made many friends in the course of the last two seasons. The show gave me an awesome platform to discuss my general philosophy on life and share what’s important to me. That said, I feel that my participation on the show has run its course and that I need to tend to other projects that are pending and continue focusing on my career as a photographer. What is your parting advice to the guys of A List? Love yourselves and remember that you are the masters of your own destiny. For more information, visit http://www.mikeruiz.com

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CELEB By Troy Ordami

MIKE RUIZ IS PRETTY MASCULINE

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ew do cool as hot as high-octane celebrity-fashion photographer and star of "A List: New York," Mike Ruiz. With a unique approach to the exploration of visceral brilliance, his finely crafted celebrity images have appeared in "Vanity Fair," "Italian Elle," and "Spanish Vogue." He has shot some of the hottest in Hollywood from Kim Kardashian to Adam Lambert and the girls of "Jersey Shore." However, even he’ll say that none shined as brightly as beloved Golden Girl turned rapper, Betty White – she actually raps on the new club track, “I’m Still Hot." Savvy reality fans know Mike’s career on the tube started long before "A List: New York." In fact, he has appeared on several shows including "America’s Next Top Model," "RuPaul’s Drag Race," and "Kathy Griffin’s My Life on the D-List." But A List was different. It was the first time cameras documented Mike’s every move and even more significant, it was the first time he gave up creative control. That’s a big deal for a man who is used to calling all the shots behind the lens. It was a professional risk, too, but one Mike doesn’t regret as the show introduced him and his work to a whole new set of adoring fans. In his latest production, Mike Ruiz turns his attention to his first photo book, Pretty Masculine, featuring a hunky gang of male models in various forms of undress. It’s pages and pages of eye candy and all for a good cause, too. Proceeds benefit GMHC. How do you define beauty?  Beauty is very individual and personal. However, I consider beauty to be represented in everything that denotes balance in our world and is in harmony with our environment. True beauty gratifies the senses, which in my case, inspires me to delve deeper into my creative psyche. Isn’t masculinity the opposite of beauty? 

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The opposite of beauty is ugliness. So, to define masculinity as ugly is nothing but a limitation and inherent misunderstanding of what masculinity represents. Masculinity, irrespective of how it is portrayed, is yet another facet of beauty. Traditionally, men have been taught that beauty is a girl thing and that they shouldn’t concern themselves with how they look.   Yes, western culture certainly has imposed its belief that the idea of beauty is relegated predominantly to the female gender. However, this preconception is very limited and I hope that, along with continued changes in our cultural behaviors and values, so too will we notice a shift in accepting that beauty is not “a girl thing”. I, for one, extrapolate what I find to be beautiful and interpret it accordingly. In my mind, there are no limitations to what is to be deemed as beautiful. What is the main message of Pretty Masculine? Beauty is whatever we want it to be. Just be open to new ideas and to the possibility of breaking down inflexible ideological barriers.      How do the men in your book represent male beauty? “Pretty Masculine” depicts just one of many facets of beauty. In this case, the subjects in my book are simply a study of male muscularity—captured through hyper-stylized imagery. The juxtaposition of accessories and materials commonly depicted in our society as being inherently feminine is meant to demonstrate that beauty is all-inclusive and not meant to be segregated. Are they the male equivalent to a Barbie doll?  Are they placing the beauty bar for men at an impossibly high mark? There isn’t or at least there shouldn’t be any bar to define male beauty. Moreover, it is important to remember that the models in my book are real people. They come from many different walks of life and have many different interests and are of many different persuasions. They are all beautiful

individuals with equally beautiful souls. To objectify, plasticize or minimize them by comparing them to Barbie dolls would be nothing more than a perpetuation of short-sighted stereotypical limitations. Isn’t true beauty really on the inside? If you look closely enough, you’ll realize that beauty is all around us—inside, outside and everywhere in between. What are some things you do to be the most beautiful person you can be? I live in my truth, openly and with joy. Of course we have to ask about recent news that you will not be part of next season’s "A List: New York."  Is that true? Yes, it is true. I won’t be returning for a third season. I am most grateful to the producers of the show for having given me the opportunity to be a part of the cast. I have met many people and made many friends in the course of the last two seasons. The show gave me an awesome platform to discuss my general philosophy on life and share what’s important to me. That said, I feel that my participation on the show has run its course and that I need to tend to other projects that are pending and continue focusing on my career as a photographer. What is your parting advice to the guys of A List? Love yourselves and remember that you are the masters of your own destiny. For more information, visit http://www.mikeruiz.com

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ontreal-born butch cutie Mike Ruiz is a glamorous multitasker. What else would you call a man who has transformed himself from a successful model/actor into a celebrity photographer who straddles the worlds of queer activism and reality-TV superstardom? Ruiz is not afraid to try anything, so it’s no surprise that this part-time motivational speaker and full-time photographer decided to self-publish Pretty Masculine, a photo book full of glossy gorgeous men. Proceeds from sales of the book will go to the Gay Men’s Health Crisis. “GMHC is the oldest HIV/AIDS organization in the world, really, and they do so much amazing work,” he explains. “I had started working with them on a peripheral level a couple of years ago and became aware of the amazing stuff they do. It was an obvious choice to make them the benefactor of the book.” As with the rest of his hectic professional life, Ruiz doesn’t limit his philanthropy to just one cause. “I spread it around a little bit, too,” he explains, referencing his fundraising for homeless queer youth at the Ali Forney Center via an original line of T-shirts based on his photos. “I do research to identify where the most money is going directly to certain programs and not being filtered through a bunch of people first. There came a point in my life in the past three or four years that I felt really grateful for things and fabmagazine.com jan 4, 2012 | 13


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wanted to pay it forward,” he says. “It’s so easy to incorporate a philanthropic angle to anything that you do. Why not do it?” Pretty Masculine has been Ruiz’s most successful self-produced project to date and has received such a good response that he has been invited to several cities as part of a book tour. The accomplishment has relied heavily on the power of word of mouth and social media. “Every time I introduce elements to my work like merchandising, they do moderately well,” Ruiz says. “I do everything grassroots; I produce and sell it all myself through my website.” Part of the book’s success can certainly be attributed to the unbelievably built men featured in its pages that make Tom of Finland fantasies a buff and bronzed reality. For Ruiz, finding these godlike men is easy. “They’re everywhere you look. You just gotta rub your eyes and they appear,” he laughs. “It’s not that difficult. I just left Gold’s Gym in Hollywood, and every other guy could have

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been a candidate for this book. I literally asked people at the gym and that’s how it started. Then I asked friends if they knew fitness guys, and they’d provide names, and there was also a big fitness modelling agency that saw the images I was producing.” The photos in the book juxtapose hypermasculine men with softer, more feminine elements, including photos of guys with touches of smoky eyeliner, soft flower petals and vines clinging to their well-oiled frames. The work reflects the style Ruiz has used to photograph celebrities like Adam Lambert, Nicki Minaj and Lance Bass. “Whenever I shoot, I like to portray things out of context,” he says. “I didn’t want to do just another homoerotic book or anything gratuitous. I really wanted to do something super-stylized and G-rated because I knew I wanted it to benefit an organization like GMHC and there would be bureaucracy if I did anything too racy.” “What I find sexy is exactly everything that’s in that book: leaving just a little to the

imagination while juxtaposing a bit of both masculine and feminine. Like a little makeup on a guy, but more rock and roll, less drag,” Ruiz explains. “What I was doing is trying to deconstruct the image of masculinity. I came up with the book’s title after I’d compiled a bunch of images. They were pretty varied in approach, but the common thread is that they were all very polished, stylized and pretty.” The success of the book builds on Ruiz’s other endeavours, including regular appearances on reality television. He has appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race, My Life on the D-List, American and Canadian versions of Next Top Model and most recently, The A-List: New York. “Everything I do creatively is related to pop culture somehow,” he says. “It’s just a different medium, a different form of expression. Especially on A-List, which was the most challenging for a lot of reasons because they had certain expectations of me. I had a very specific goal in mind when I chose to do it and that was to buck the whole format. And I did it successfully. It’s kind of an experiment. I don’t even realize what is motivating me until I do it all. I just want to give everything a try and have no regrets when I go.” Andrew Robertson is a fab writer who loves his boys both pretty and masculine.

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Mike Ruiz is “Pretty Masculine” o Few do cool as hot as high-octane celebrityfashion photographer and star of A List: New York, Mike Ruiz. With a unique approach to the exploration of visceral brilliance, his finely crafted celebrity images have appeared in Vanity Fair, Italian Elle, and Spanish Vogue. He has shot some of the hottest in Hollywood from Kim Kardashian to Adam Lambert and the girls of “Jersey Shore.” However, even he’ll say that none shined as brightly as beloved Golden Girl turned rapper, Betty White – she actually raps on the new club track, “I’m Still Hot.” Savvy reality fans know Mike’s career on the tube started long before “A List: New York.” In fact, he has appeared on several shows including “America’s Next Top Model”, “RuPaul’s Drag Race”, and Kathy Griffin’s “My Life on the D-List.” But A List was different. It was the first time cameras documented Mike’s every move and even more significant, it was the first time he gave up creative control. That’s a big deal for a man who is used to calling all the shots behind the lens. It was a professional risk, too, but one Mike doesn’t regret as the show introduced him and his work to a whole new set of adoring fans. In his latest production, Mike Ruiz turns his attention to his first photo book, “Pretty Masculine,” featuring a hunky gang of male models in various forms of undress. It’s pages and pages of eye candy and all for a good cause, too. Proceeds benefit GMHC. How do you define beauty? Beauty is very individual and personal. However, I consider beauty to be represented in everything that denotes balance in our world and is in harmony with our environment. True beauty gratifies the senses, which in my case, inspires me to delve deeper into my creative psyche. Isn’t masculinity the opposite of beauty? The opposite of beauty is ugliness. So, to define masculinity as ugly is nothing but a limitation and inherent misunderstanding of what masculinity represents. Masculinity, irrespective of how it is portrayed, is yet another facet of beauty. Traditionally, men have been taught that beauty is a girl thing and that they shouldn’t concern themselves with how they look. Yes, western culture certainly has imposed its belief that the idea of beauty is relegated predominantly to the female gender. However, this preconception is very limited and I hope that, along with continued changes in our cultural behaviors and values, so too will we notice a shift in accepting that beauty is not “a girl thing.” I, for

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one, extrapolate what I find to be beautiful and interpret it accordingly. In my mind, there are no limitations to what is to be deemed as beautiful.

What is the main message of Pretty Masculine? Beauty is whatever we want it to be. Just be open to new ideas and to the possibility of breaking down inflexible ideological barriers. How do the men in your book represent male beauty? “Pretty Masculine” depicts just one of many facets of beauty. In this case, the subjects in my book are simply a study of male muscularity— captured through hyper-stylized imagery. The juxtaposition of accessories and materials commonly depicted in our society as being inherently feminine is meant to demonstrate that beauty is all-inclusive and not meant to be segregated. Are they the male equivalent to a Barbie doll? Are they placing the beauty bar for men at an impossibly high mark? There isn’t or at least there shouldn’t be any bar to define male beauty. Moreover, it is important to remember that the models in my book are real people. They come from many different walks of life and have many different interests and are of many different persuasions. They are all beautiful individuals with equally beautiful souls. To objectify, plasticize or minimize them by comparing them to Barbie dolls would be nothing more than a perpetuation of short-sighted stereotypical limitations. Of course we have to ask about recent news that you will not be part of next season’s “A List: New York.” Is that true? Yes, it is true. I won’t be returning for a third season. I am most grateful to the producers of the show for having given me the opportunity to be a part of the cast. I have met many people and made many friends in the course of the last two seasons. The show gave me an awesome platform to discuss my general philosophy on life and share what’s important to me. That said, I feel that my participation on the show has run its course and that I need to tend to other projects that are pending and continue focusing on my career as a photographer. What is your parting advice to the guys of “A List”? Love yourselves and remember that you are the masters of your own destiny. For more information, visit www.mikeruiz.com.


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Gi\kkp.ASCULINE F By Troy Ordami

ew do cool as hot as high-octane celebrity-fashion photographer and star of A List: New York, Mike Ruiz. With a unique approach to the exploration of visceral brilliance, his finely crafted celebrity images have appeared in Vanity Fair, Italian Elle, and Spanish Vogue. He has shot some of the hottest in Hollywood from Kim Kardashian to Adam Lambert and the girls of Jersey Shore. However, even he’ll say that none shined as brightly as beloved Golden Girl turned rapper, Betty White – she actually raps on the new club track, “I’m Still Hot”.

Savvy reality fans know Mike’s career on the tube started long before A List: New York. In fact, he has appeared on several shows including America’s Next Top Model, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and Kathy Griffin’s My Life on the D-List. But A List was different. It was the first time cameras documented Mike’s every move and even more significant, it was the first time he gave up creative control. That’s a big deal for a man who is used to calling all the shots behind the lens. It was a professional risk, too, but one Mike doesn’t regret as the show introduced him and his work to a whole new set of adoring fans. In his latest production, Mike Ruiz turns his attention to his first photo book, Pretty Masculine, featuring a hunky gang of male models in various forms of undress. It’s pages and pages of eye candy and all for a good cause, too. Proceeds benefit GMHC.

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How do you define beauty? Beauty is very individual and personal. However, I consider beauty to be represented in everything that denotes balance in our world and is in harmony with our environment. True beauty gratifies the senses, which in my case, inspires me to delve deeper into my creative psyche.

Isn’t masculinity the opposite of beauty? The opposite of beauty is ugliness. So, to define masculinity as ugly is nothing but a limitation and inherent misunderstanding of what masculinity represents. Masculinity, irrespective of how it is portrayed, is yet another facet of beauty.

Traditionally, men have been taught that beauty is a girl thing and that they shouldn’t concern themselves with how they look. Yes, western culture certainly has imposed its belief that the idea of beauty is relegated predominantly to the female gender. However, this preconception is very limited and I hope that, along with continued changes in our cultural behaviors and values, so too will we notice a shift in accepting that beauty is not “a girl thing”. I, for one, extrapolate what I find to be beautiful and interpret it accordingly. In my mind, there are no limitations to what is to be deemed as beautiful.

What is the main message of Pretty Masculine? Beauty is whatever we want it to be. Just be open to new ideas and to the possibility of breaking down inflexible ideological barriers.

How do the men in your book represent male beauty? “Pretty Masculine” depicts just one of many facets of beauty. In this case, the subjects in my book are simply a study of male muscularity—captured through hyper-stylized imagery. The juxtaposition of accessories and materials commonly depicted in our society as being inherently feminine is meant to demonstrate that beauty is all-inclusive and not meant to be segregated.

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Are they the male equivalent to a Barbie doll? Are they placing the beauty bar for men at an impossibly high mark? There isn’t or at least there shouldn’t be any bar to define male beauty. Moreover, it is important to remember that the models in my book are real people. They come from many different walks of life and have many different interests and are of many different persuasions. They are all beautiful individuals with equally beautiful souls. To objectify, plasticize or minimize them by comparing them to Barbie dolls would be nothing more than a perpetuation of short-sighted stereotypical limitations.

Isn’t true beauty really on the inside? If you look closely enough, you’ll realize that beauty is all around us—inside, outside and everywhere in between.

What are some things you do to be the most beautiful person you can be? I live in my truth, openly and with joy.

Of course we have to ask about recent news that you will not be part of next season’s A List: New York. Is that true? Yes, it is true. I won’t be returning for a third season. I am most grateful to the producers of the show for having given me the opportunity to be a part of the cast. I have met many people and made many friends in the course of the last two seasons. The show gave me an awesome platform to discuss my general philosophy on life and share what’s important to me. That said, I feel that my participation on the show has run its course and that I need to tend to other projects that are pending and continue focusing on my career as a photographer.

What is your parting advice to the guys of A List? Love yourselves and remember that you are the masters of your own destiny. For more information, visit http://www.mikeruiz.com/.

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Savvy reality fans know Mike’s career on the tube started long before A List: New York. In fact, he has appeared on several shows including America’s Next Top Model, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and Kathy Griffin’s My Life on the D-List. But A List was different. It was the first time cameras documented Mike’s every move and even more significant, it was the first time he gave up creative control. That’s a big deal for a man who is used to calling all the shots behind the lens. It was a professional risk, too, but one Mike doesn’t regret as the show introduced him and his work to a whole new set of adoring fans.

Isn’t masculinity the opposite of “beauty”?

In his latest production, Mike Ruiz turns his attention to his first photo book, Pretty Masculine, featuring a hunky gang of male models in various forms of undress. It’s pages and pages of eye candy and all for a good cause,

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How do you define beauty? Beauty is very individual and personal. However, I consider beauty to be represented in everything that denotes balance in our world and is in harmony with our environment. True beauty gratifies the senses, which in my case, inspires me to delve deeper into my creative psyche.

The opposite of beauty is ugliness. So, to define masculinity as ugly is nothing but a limitation and inherent misunderstanding of what masculinity represents. Masculinity, irrespective of how it is portrayed, is yet another facet of beauty.

Traditionally, men have been taught that beauty is a girl thing and that they shouldn’t concern themselves with how they look. Yes, western culture certainly has imposed its belief that the idea of beauty is relegated predominantly to the female gender. However, this preconception is very limited and I hope that, along with continued changes in our

cultural behaviors and values, so too will we notice a shift in accepting that beauty is not “a girl thing”. I, for one, extrapolate what I find to be beautiful and interpret it accordingly. In my mind, there are no limitations to what is to be deemed as beautiful.

What is the main message of Pretty Masculine? Beauty is whatever we want it to be. Just be open to new ideas and to the possibility of breaking down inflexible ideological barriers.

How do the men in your book represent male beauty? Pretty Masculine depicts just one of many facets of beauty. In this case, the subjects in my book are simply a study of male muscularity— captured through hyper-stylized imagery. The juxtaposition of accessories and materials commonly depicted in our society as being inherently feminine is meant to demonstrate that beauty is all-inclusive and not meant to be segregated.

Are they the male equivalent to a Barbie doll? Are they placing the beauty bar for men at an impossibly high mark?

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Few do cool as hot as high-octane celebrity-fashion photographer and star of A List: New York, Mike Ruiz. With a unique approach to the exploration of visceral brilliance, his finely crafted celebrity images have appeared in Vanity Fair, Italian Elle, and Spanish Vogue. He has shot some of the hottest in Hollywood from Kim Kardashian to Adam Lambert (and the girls of Jersey Shore!). However, even he’ll say that none shined as brightly as beloved Golden Girl turned rapper, Betty White – she actually raps on the new club track, “I’m Still Hot”.


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too. Proceeds benefit GMHC, a sexual health charity in New York City.

Savvy reality fans know Mike’s career on the tube started long before A List: New York. In fact, he has appeared on several shows including America’s Next Top Model, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and Kathy Griffin’s My Life on the D-List. But A List was different. It was the first time cameras documented Mike’s every move and even more significant, it was the first time he gave up creative control. That’s a big deal for a man who is used to calling all the shots behind the lens. It was a professional risk, too, but one Mike doesn’t regret as the show introduced him and his work to a whole new set of adoring fans.

Isn’t masculinity the opposite of “beauty”?

In his latest production, Mike Ruiz turns his attention to his first photo book, Pretty Masculine, featuring a hunky gang of male models in various forms of undress. It’s pages and pages of eye candy and all for a good cause,

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How do you define beauty? Beauty is very individual and personal. However, I consider beauty to be represented in everything that denotes balance in our world and is in harmony with our environment. True beauty gratifies the senses, which in my case, inspires me to delve deeper into my creative psyche.

The opposite of beauty is ugliness. So, to define masculinity as ugly is nothing but a limitation and inherent misunderstanding of what masculinity represents. Masculinity, irrespective of how it is portrayed, is yet another facet of beauty.

Traditionally, men have been taught that beauty is a girl thing and that they shouldn’t concern themselves with how they look. Yes, western culture certainly has imposed its belief that the idea of beauty is relegated predominantly to the female gender. However, this preconception is very limited and I hope that, along with continued changes in our

cultural behaviors and values, so too will we notice a shift in accepting that beauty is not “a girl thing”. I, for one, extrapolate what I find to be beautiful and interpret it accordingly. In my mind, there are no limitations to what is to be deemed as beautiful.

What is the main message of Pretty Masculine? Beauty is whatever we want it to be. Just be open to new ideas and to the possibility of breaking down inflexible ideological barriers.

How do the men in your book represent male beauty? Pretty Masculine depicts just one of many facets of beauty. In this case, the subjects in my book are simply a study of male muscularity— captured through hyper-stylized imagery. The juxtaposition of accessories and materials commonly depicted in our society as being inherently feminine is meant to demonstrate that beauty is all-inclusive and not meant to be segregated.

Are they the male equivalent to a Barbie doll? Are they placing the beauty bar for men at an impossibly high mark?

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Few do cool as hot as high-octane celebrity-fashion photographer and star of A List: New York, Mike Ruiz. With a unique approach to the exploration of visceral brilliance, his finely crafted celebrity images have appeared in Vanity Fair, Italian Elle, and Spanish Vogue. He has shot some of the hottest in Hollywood from Kim Kardashian to Adam Lambert (and the girls of Jersey Shore!). However, even he’ll say that none shined as brightly as beloved Golden Girl turned rapper, Betty White – she actually raps on the new club track, “I’m Still Hot”.


< < < There isn’t or at least there shouldn’t be any bar to define male beauty. Moreover, it is important to remember that the models in my book are real people. They come from many different walks of life and have many different interests and are of many different persuasions. They are all beautiful individuals with equally beautiful souls. To objectify, plasticize or minimize them by comparing them to Barbie dolls would be nothing more than a perpetuation of short-sighted stereotypical limitations.

Isn’t true beauty really on the inside? If you look closely enough, you’ll realize that beauty is all around us—inside, outside and everywhere in between.

What are some things you do to be the most beautiful person you can be? I live in my truth, openly and with joy.

Of course we have to ask about recent news that you will not be part of next season’s A List: New York. Is that true? Yes, it is true. I won’t be returning for a third season. I am most grateful to the producers of the show for having given me the opportunity to be a part of the cast. I have met many people and made many friends in the course of the last two seasons. The show gave me an awesome platform to discuss my general philosophy on life and share what’s important to me. That said, I feel that my participation on the show has run its course and that I need to tend to other projects that are pending and continue focusing on my career as a photographer.

What is your parting advice to the guys of A List? Love yourselves and remember that you are the masters of your own destiny. To order Pretty Masculine, visit

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Mike Ruiz Tops the List By Paul Bruno Mike Ruiz loves the camera and the camera loves him. So when Logo decided to document the lives of Gotham’s gay elite in their new show, A-List: New York, of course they had to include him. The celebrity photographer has worked with everyone from Kelly Clarkson to Adam Lambert to Katy Perry. Most of his work has been behind–the-lens but his good looks and Herculean body have been seen on several reality shows including America’s Next Top Model, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and Kathy Griffin’s My Life on the D-List. We spoke to Ruiz about his new show, how he’s handling the adoration of gay fans, and what it means to be an ‘A’ gay. Why did you decide to participate in the show?

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I’m a risk taker. Also, I knew it would be an amazing crash course in TV production. What I’ve leaned from the show can never be taught in a classroom. How do you feel about the A-List: New York being referred to as “The Gay Housewives of New York”? It’s a smart marketing tactic. The “Housewives” franchise is wildly successful. Can we expect a lot of drama and cattiness on the show? The viewers can expect a whole lot of bitch fighting! There is a ton of drama but it’s all in good fun. Are you the voice of reason on the show? I’m like Faye Dunaway in “Mommie Dearest”. In public, I pretend to be kind and gentle but in private, I beat the boys with coat hangers! Judging from the trailers we’ve seen, the boys could use some discipline. ...continued on page 27

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the latest issue of Billboard magazine. The diminutive rocker is featured on the cover, without a stitch of clothing. However, if you’re looking for his penis, keep looking. The magazine covered his private parts with a large dot. At least superstar DJ Brett Henrichsen had the panache to use an actual LP. But, don’t worry. Just head on over to BillyMasters. com for every inch of Brett—we have nothing to hide. Could it be that friction is a-brewin’ behind the scenes of “The Jersey Shore”? With Snooki writing a book, The Situation reading one (oh, and competing on “Dancing with the Stars”), the rest of the cast is trying to stake their claim. Vinny Guadagnino has been offered $30,000 to pose au naturel for Playgirl. Kinda paltry when you consider that Playboy offered J-Woww $400,000! But let’s face it— straight men will pay for anything. When the boys in Jersey are cheaper than the girls, it’s definitely time to end yet another column. Let me take a second to remind you to check out www. BillyMasters.com, the website that puts out. Speaking of putting out, why hasn’t Anderson Cooper made a bid to interview Ricky Martin? It could be television riveting. Or it could be like two giddy girls having a slumber party. Either way, I’d watch. What about you? Drop a note to me at Billy@BillyMasters.com, and I promise to get back to you before Anderson takes Ricky’s cherry (interview-wise). Until next time, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.

Will we get to see Mike Ruiz at work in the studio? I haven’t seen the final cut but I think viewers will see a lot of what goes on behind the scenes in my professional and personal life. During taping, I shot with Margaret Cho, Kelly Rowland and DJ Tracy Young. Will we see Mike Ruiz at home with the bf? My relationship is sacred to me. I didn’t want to jeopardize it by having it on display. Can you sympathize with your pal Kathy Griffin now that you know how it feels to live in front of cameras? I have been in front of the cameras for the better part of twenty years. I’m kind of oblivious to them now. Also, if you are strategic as to when you allow the cameras to follow you, it never becomes taxing. What have you learned from this experience? I have learned how to filter myself from my usual verbal diarrhea. I have also learned to let go of some control. I had to let the crew do their jobs without giving too much of my own creative input and that was hard! Would you ever do it again? Filming a reality show is like having a

giant mirror held up to you. It can be devastating or if you like the way you conduct yourself, it can be a great reaffirmation. It’s taken me 45 years of conquering many demons and I’m happy to say that I no longer cringe when I look in the mirror. What new things can we expect from you this winter? I shot several episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race that will air in Feb. I’m about to unveil a bunch of new celebrity transformations and a few music videos and if the planets

align, I’m hoping to begin production of the sequel to the one and only film I’ve directed. I’m also wrapping up on a coffee table book. Being an ‘A’ gay sound like a lot of work. It’s also a lot of fun. The A-List: New York airs on Logo TV on Mondays at 10pm More info on Mike visit http://www. mikeruiz.com/.


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Webster'says'that'to'be'“pretty”'is'to'be'"pleasant …'but'lacking'strength,'force'or'manliness,”'and'to be'“masculine”'is'to'personify'“the'qualities associated'with'a'man."'But'it’s'exactly'those'two dichotomous'definitions'that'make'Mike'Ruiz’s new'photography'collection,'Pretty&Masculine, such'a'beautiful'gift. A'veteran'photographer,'reality'TV'show'staple and'model'in'his'own'right,'Ruiz'has'made'use'of his'experiences'as'a'gay'artist'and'activist, positioning'the'juxtaposition'of'masculine'and feminine'together'in'beautiful,'unique'and'chicly erotic'settings.'We'sat'down'with'this'Renaissance man'to'discuss'all'things'pretty,'pretty'masculine and'charitably'altruistic. Your%latest%collection,%Pretty&Masculine,%is%both beautiful%and%bold.%Give%us%the%skinny%on%the project. The'skinny'is'that'I'wanted'to'accomplish'two things'with'this'book.'First,'I'wanted'to'create'a collection'of'images'that'deconstruct'the'idea'of'masculinity'and'show'that'being'masculine'can'also'mean embracing'your'feminine'side.'The'images'are'all'superLstylized'and'polished,'which'is'contrary'to'how'most people'identify'masculinity.'Also,'I'wanted'this'project'to'benefit'an'organization'that'I'feel'does'important work,'so'I'chose'GMHC'(Gay'Men's'Health'Crisis)'for'the'work'that'they'do'in'the'fight'against'HIV'and'AIDS. After%flipping%through%the%pages%of%Pretty&Masculine,%what%do%you%hope%we%walk%away%with? I'm'hoping'that'the'takeLaway'will'be'that'there'are'many'sides'to'everything,'and'they'should'all'be embraced.'The'reason'I'enjoy'transforming'celebrities'is'because'it'shows'a'side'of'them'that'they'may'not have'known'existed,'and'changes'peoples''tunnel'vision'perceptions'of'things.'That'is'the'subtext'of'this book. So%tell%us,%are%these%boys%pretty%or%masculine—or%some%sexy%hybrid? They'are'a'hybrid.'Again,'my'goal'was'to'portray'masculinity'out'of'the'usual'context'and'make'it'glitzier'and softer.' Like%you%said,%sales%from%the%book%go%to%benefit%the%Gay%Men's%Health%Crisis.%Tell%us%more%about%that. GMHC'is'the'oldest'AIDS'organization'in'the'U.S.,'and'does'amazing'work'in'the'fight'against'HIV'and'AIDS.'I still'feel'that'education'is'so'important,'which'is'why'I'chose'this'organization'to'be'the'beneficiary'of'the book.'One'hundred'percent'of'the'profits'go'to'GMHC' The%book%features%a%slew%of%hunky%men.%But%be%honest—do%you%have%a%favorite%featured%boy?% Having'worked'with'such'a'variety'of'men'for'this'book,'what'I'found'is'that'they'all'had'a'common'thread, which'was'their'willingness'to'be'a'part'of'this'project.'They'are'all'really'intelligent,'focused'and'committed individuals'whom'I'respect'tremendously.'So'in'answer'to'your'question,'I'admire'all'of'them.'

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Your%photos—and%the%boys%in them—are%beautiful.%But%is%it%as glamorous%as%it%seems?%What goes%on%behind%the%scenes%of one%of%your%photo%shoots? It's'totally'as'glamorous'as'it seems.'After'all,'I'get'to'play'dress up'and'arts'and'crafts'every'single day'of'my'life!'Who'wouldn't'revel in'that!'I'just'love'the'creative process,'and'watching'my imagination'come'to'life'is'so unbelievably'gratifying.'And'the fact'that'I'm'doing'something'to give'back'with'this'project'was'the cherry'on'top'of'the'cake!' You're%a%reality%TV%staple—The A2List:&New&York,%America's&Next Top&Model,%RuPaul's&Drag Race—and%you've%worked%with more%celebs%than%you%can%shake a%celluloidKfree%stick%at!%Who are%some%of%your%favorite%divas and%divos?%Any%dish? I'have'lots'of'dish'but'would'never betray'the'trust'of'my'clients, since'I'would'expect'that'same consideration'from'them.'I'have built'my'career'on'a'solid'work'ethic'and'trust.'I'know,'I'know—that'is'boring'as'shit.'Some'of'my'favorite people'that'I've'worked'with'are'the'ones'who'are'most'receptive'to'my'creative'ideas.'I'loved'working'with Adam'Lambert,'Dita'Von'Teese,'Kim'Kardashian,'Brooke'Shields,'Kelly'Rowland,'Lance'Bass,'Morgan Fairchild,'Iman,'Nicki'Minaj.'These'are'the'people'that'stand'out'in'my'mind'as'being'creative'risk'takers'and I'love'that'quality'in'people. You%yourself%have%modeled%in%the%past.%What%do%you%like%better—being%in%front%of%the%camera%or behind%it? It'depends'when'I'm'asked'that'question.'Right'now,'I'am'so'happy'to'be'behind'the'camera.'After'the'past couple'of'years'doing'a'ton'of'reality'TV,'I'am'so'happy'to'go'back'to'the'creative'part'of'my'career'that'I've come'to'realize'is'the'most'gratifying'to'me.'Although,'while'I'was'modeling,'I'did'enjoy'that'time'of'my'life.'It taught'me'a'lot'about'what'I'did'and'did'not'want'out'of'life.'It'afforded'me'many'amazing'opportunities'but didn't'provide'the'voice'that'I'have'with'photography.' Besides%creating%beautiful%photos,%you're%also%a%gay%philanthropist%and%activist.%Tell%us%more%about that%facet%of%your%life. I'had'a'lessLthanLperfect'childhood'and'had'to'overcome'a'lot'of'stuff'on'my'own,'so'now'that'things'are pretty'good'in'my'life,'I'have'developed'feelings'of'responsibility'to'do'something'that'can'help'bridge'the gap'for'the'next'generation'of'LGBTQ'youth.'My'goal'with'everything'that'I'do'is'to'empower'other'people much'that'same'way'that'I'was'able'to'empower'myself. What's%coming%down%the%pipeline%for%Mike%Ruiz?%% Who'knows?'I'm'just'living'in'the'moment.'Having'spent'all'of'my'47'years'preparing,'I'just'know'that whatever'is'around'the'bend,'I'will'be'ready'for'it! Thanks,%Mike! Catch'Mike'Ruiz'at'his'Pretty&Masculine'book'signing,'Friday,'Dec.'2,'at'MJ’s'in'Silver'Lake.'Copies'are'also available'at'mikeruiz.com.

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Oh 2010, what a rollercoaster Levi Poulter year you were! Between the ups of Modern Family winning an Emmy and the overturn of Florida’s adoption laws, and the downs of Rentboy becoming a household name (thanks George Rekers!) and the premiere of Logo’s shamefully delicious The A-List: New York, our stomachs are in knots. We polled some of our favorite bold-faced names on how they plan to ensure 2011 will be their best year yet.

to smell the roses. Happy New Year, everyone! Bring on your fabulousness in 2011. Kaci Battaglia

I resolve to… Glenn Douglas Packard … reconnect with my family and stop judging people. I realized this year that I have been so concerned about friends and family not loving me unconditionally and have been putting all sorts of conditions on them for my love. No more! I am going to practice what I preach…and Mormon’s can be pretty preachy.

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Mike Ruiz loves the camera and the camera loves him. So when Logo decided to document the lives of Gotham’s gay elite in their new show, A-List: New York, of course they had to include him. The celebrity photographer has worked with everyone from Kelly Clarkson to Adam Lambert to Katy Perry. Most of his work has been behind–the-lens but his good looks and Herculean body have been seen on several reality shows including America’s Next Top Model, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and Kathy Griffin’s My Life on the D-List. 6

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We spoke to Ruiz about his new show, how he’s handling the adoration of gay fans, and what it means to be an ‘A’ gay. Mark Bruno: Why did you decide to participate in the show? Mike Ruiz: I'm a risk taker. Also, I knew it would be an amazing crash course in TV production. What I've leaned from the show can never be taught in a classroom. M.B: How do you feel about the A-List: New York being referred to as “The Gay Housewives of New York”? M.R: It's a smart marketing

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tactic. The "Housewives" franchise is wildly successful. M.B: Can we expect a lot of drama and cattiness on the show? M.R: The viewers can expect a whole lot of bitch fighting! There is a ton of drama but it's all in good fun. M.B: Are you the voice of reason on the show? M.R: I’m like Faye Dunaway in "Mommie Dearest". In public, I pretend to be kind and gentle but in private, I beat the boys with coat hangers! M.B: Judging from the trailers we’ve seen, the boys could use


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some discipline. M.R: Seriously, my role on the show is me being me. Not sure what that is exactly. M.B: Will we get to see Mike Ruiz at work in the studio? M.R: I haven’t seen the final cut but I think viewers will see a lot of what goes on behind the scenes in my professional and personal life. During taping, I shot with Margaret Cho, Kelly Rowland and DJ Tracy Young.

demons and I'm happy to say that I no longer cringe when I look in the mirror. M.B: What new things can we expect from you this winter? M.R: I shot several episodes of RuPaul's Drag Race that will air in Feb. I’m about to unveil a bunch of new celebrity transformations and a few music videos and if the planets align,

I'm hoping to begin production of the sequel to the one and only film I've directed. I'm also wrapping up on a coffee table book. M.B: Being an ‘A’ gay sound like a lot of work. M.R: It’s also a lot of fun. For more on Mike visit www.mikeruiz.com

M.B: Will we see Mike Ruiz at home with the bf ? M.R: My relationship is sacred to me. I didn't want to jeopardize it by having it on display. M.B: Can you sympathize with your pal Kathy Griffin now that you know how it feels to live in front of cameras? M.R: I have been in front of the cameras for the better part of twenty years. I'm kind of oblivious to them now. Also, if you are strategic as to when you allow the cameras to follow you, it never becomes taxing.

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Mike Ruiz knows how to transform a lady into a queen. The celebrity photographer turned Kelly Clarkson into a glam queen for her latest !"#$%&''()'%!*)'+!,-.'/01234'!'506%'7$))4' for the cover of her book and most recently, his lens turned rocker Adam Lambert into a Freddie Mercury inspired goth queen. OK, well, Lambert already was a queen, but Ruiz added that extra glitter to make him shine. All of Mike Ruiz’s work has been behind–thelens, until now. In the past year, he has been tapped to appear as a celebrity judge on several popular competition shows including Tyra Bank’s America’s Next Top Model and Jay Manuel’s Canada’s Next Top Model. But it’s his stint on the surprise hit series, RuPaul’s Drag Race, that has made gay men across the country take notice of the muscle-bound photog. With arms like that, can you blame us? We spoke to Ruiz about stepping out in front of the camera, how he’s handling the adoration of gay fans, and what he is looking for in America’s Next Top Drag Queen. Who is going to win this season’s RuPaul’s Drag Race? We’re looking for the whole package: looks, talent, and presence. They have to be dazzling on every level.

What led to Morgan loosing the race? She didn’t have the fashion capabilities that some of the others did. I still love her, though. If RuPaul was competing in the race today, would RuPaul win? Are you kidding? Rupaul is the standard for which all other queens are measured. Of course RuPaul would win.

Bebe Zahara Benet won season one. What made her stand out? Bebe is articulate, poised, funny, and she performs like Ann Margaret on crack.

Will there ever be another RuPaul? 8$9!$"':!;',-)'30;,'7$))4&''<-)'#06=)';6'%$>-' ground for all others that I’m not sure any queen will ever reach that level of notoriety but you never know. I’d love to see a drag queen win an Oscar!

!"#$%&'(%)*+,%+-.%,"#%/-,0"%'1%2(##$+%1'*% season 2, was there one who immediately stood out? Morgan McMichaels. It was completely aesthetic. She had the most “realness” going on for me.

Have you ever done drag? Are you kidding, again? My brother does hair and make-up in San Diego. He used to dress me in the full regalia every time I’d visit and then he would take pictures! I have an album full of drag photos of me.

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How did you become an expert on drag 2(##$+3% It’s what I do for a living. I dress people up with outrageous hair, make-up and wardrobe and then I photograph them. Do you purposely surround yourself with glamour? It’s my drug. It is how I make all of my delusional fantasies come to life. The coolest thing is that I get paid to do it. Do you regard your muscles as a form of drag? I never thought of it that way but I guess it is a kind of drag. It’s all part of my self expression, just like my wardrobe. So that would make it drag, wouldn’t it? What lies beneath that body of steel? (Laughs) I’m a little kid having fun while trying to be a decent human being along the way. Are you and RuPaul friends off-camera? Close friends! We hang out whenever our schedules permit. RuPaul is such a beautiful, warm and loving human being. Any fun personal RuPaul stories you wanna share? One of my favorite stories is when RuPaul

brought me to Jumbo’s Clown Room, a female strip club in Los Angeles. We were howling like two giddy school girls at the edge of the stage watching the strippers perform. Your American fans might be surprised to learn you also host the Canadian version of America’s Next Top Model. My good friend, Jay Manuel, is the executive producer of the show. He brought me on board. I love it. We have so much fun judging the girls. Who are the bigger divas? The ladies of RuPaul’s Drag Race or Canada’s Next Top Model? Oh, the queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race are by far the biggest divas around! What’s next for you? I have so much stuff in the works: a TV show in development, a million shoots and music video projects, plus I’m co-writing music. But my biggest project and the one I’m having the most fun with these days is mentoring kids. I’m traveling to high schools and colleges and encouraging kids to follow their dreams. I followed mine and I’m having the time of my life. Visit MikeRuiz.com 17 davidatlanta


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MIKE RUIZ the Queen Maker

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Mike Ruiz sabe muy bien cómo transformar una mujer en reina. El fotógrafo de celebridades convirtió a Kelly Clarkson en una glamurosa reina para su último álbum. Él logró que Kathy Griffin fuera una reina de la pista para la portada de su libro, y más recientemente su objetivo apuntó hacia el roquero Adam Lambert convirtiéndolo en una reina gótica con inspiración Freddie Mercury. Bueno, ok, Lambert ya era una reina, pero Ruiz le añadió una dosis extra de purpurina para hacerlo brillar.

Entrevistamos a Ruiz, lo hicimos posar delante de la cámara, conversamos de la adoración que el público gay siente por él, y qué está buscando para la próxima temporada del programa “America’s Next Top Drag Queen”.

El trabajo de Mike Ruiz siempre estuvo detrás de un objetivo, hasta ahora. El año pasado, se destapó como juez de varios shows televisivos muy populares en Estados Unidos, como el reality de Tyra Bank “America’s Next Top Model” o la versión canadiense de Jay Manuel. Pero su intervención en el programa de RuPaul (RuPaul’s Drag Race) hizo que la población gay de todo el país se fijaran en su marcada musculatura. Con unos brazos como esos, ¿se nos puede culpar de fijarnos en ellos?

¿Y qué le hizo perder la competición? No tenía la capacidades de moda que algunas de las demás mostraron. Pero todavía me gusta, creo.

¿Quién ganará la próxima temporada del reality RuPaul’s Drag Race? Estamos buscando un lote completo: look, talento y presencia. Tiene que ser deslumbrante en todos los aspectos. Bebe Zahara Benet ganó la primera temporada (como ya hablamos en nuestra revista). ¿Cuál fue su clave? Bebe es muy versátil, divertida, y a la vez serana. Actúa como si fuera Ann Margaret (la actriz y cantante norteamericana de los 60 y 70). Cuando por primera vez vistes el elenco de reinas de la segunda temporada, ¿hubo alguna que destacara inmediatamente? Morgan McMichaels. Era completamente estética. Mostró una realidad que me impactó directamente.

Si RuPaul compitiera en el programa hoy, ¿ganaría? ¿Estás de broma? RuPaul es el standard con el que el resto de las reinas se miden. Por supuesto que ganaría. ¿Existirá alguna vez otra RuPaul? RuPaul fue la primera gran reina. Ella rompió con lo que muchas hasta entonces habían hecho, con lo que no estoy seguro si alguna vez pudiera haber una reina que alcanzara el mismo nivel

de notoriedad que ella, pero nunca se sabe. Eso sí, me gustaría ver alguna vez ganar a una Drag Queen un Oscar. ¿Has hecho en alguna ocasión de drag? ¿Nuevamente bromeas? Mi hermano era especialista en pelucas y maquillaje en San Diego. Solía vestirme con el ajuar completo cada vez que le visitaba y así podía tomar fotos. Tengo un álbum completo mío como drag.

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¿Qué hay realmente debajo de ese aspecto duro? (Risas) Soy como un niño pequeño que se divierte mientras trata a la vez de ser un humano decente. Y detrás de las cámaras, ¿eres amigo de RuPaul? ¡¡Muy amigos!! Siempre que nuestras agendas nos lo permiten, nos gusta quedar. RuPaul es, ciertamente, una persona hermosa, cálida y cariñosa como nadie. ¿hay alguna historia personal de RuPaul que quisieras compartir? Una de mis favoritas es cuando me llevó al “Jumbo’s Clown Room”, un strip femenino de Los Ángeles. Aullábamos como dos colegialas delante del escenario viendo a las stripper actuar. También estuviste en la versión canadiense del “America’s Next Top Model” Mi gran amigo, Jay Manuel, es el productor ejecutivo del show. Contó conmigo para su programa. Le tengo que querer. Nos divertimos mucho evaluando a las modelos.

¿Cómo has llegado a ser un experto en Drag Queens? Es de lo que como. Arreglo a la gente con pelos estrambóticos, los maquillo y los visto, y entonces los fotografío.

¿Quiénes son más divas: las drag de la RuPaul’s Drag Race o las modelos de la Canada’s Next Top Model? Oh, por supuesto que más reinas son las drag del programa de RuPaul, son las más grandes divas.

¿Te rodeas de forma deliberada con glamour? Es mi droga. Es como si lograra que todas mis fantasías más delirantes se hicieran realidad. Y para colmo es que encima me pagan por ello.

¿Y tus próximos proyectos? Tengo muchísimos planes ahora mismo: un show televisivo que está en desarrollo, un millón de fotos y un proyecto de video musical, más una co-producción musical. Pero mi mayor proyecto en la actualidad y con el que más me estoy divirtiendo, es el de crear unas tutorías de jóvenes. Viajo a centros educativos y colegios para animar a los jóvenes a seguir sus sueños. Yo seguí el mío, y disfruto el haberlo hecho.!

¿Crees que tus músculos son una forma de transformarte en drag? Nunca he pensado que fuera una forma de drag por ello. Es parte de mi expresión particular, como un vestuario excesivo… entonces, sí que podría ser entonces una forma de ser drag, ¿no?

¿Más? Visita MikeRuiz.com


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MIKE RUIZ ÄR EN VÄRLDBERÖMD fotograf specialiserad på färgglada, extravaganta kändisporträtt. Här råder inte återhållet dokumentärfoto. Stjärnorna ges tvärtom en extrem make-over, ofta i närbild, med effektfull bakbelysning och radikal retuschering. Detta har gjort honom omåttligt populär bland de ofta utseendefixerade stjärnorna, medvetna om att de blir förevigade som glamourösa amazoner. Mike har fotat de flesta inom musikoch filmindustrin, bland andra; Prince, Kelly Klarksson och Kathy Griffin – som han nästan blivit en husfotograf för. Utöver fotograferandet är Mike en frekvent domare på TV-shower som America’s Next Top Model. BOR DU I NEW YORK NUFÖRTIDEN? – Ja, men jag har bostad i Los Angeles också, då jag pendlar mycket. HUR UPPLEVER DU NEW YORK NU JÄMFÖRT MED 10-15 ÅR SEDAN? – Det är verkligen som natt och dag. Jag bodde i New York mellan 1988 och 1992 och då var det ännu riktigt stökigt. Times Square var inte det Disneyland det är nu! Många säger att stan har tappat gnistan men personligen behöver jag inte bli rånad av en knarkare för att känna mig kreativt inspirerad. BLIR DU VÄN MED ALLA KÄNDISAR DU FOTAR? – Absolut. Jag har många personliga relationer med många av dem. ÄR DET NÅGON SÄRSKILD KÄNDIS SOM BLIVIT SPECIELLT VIKTIG FÖR DIG? – Den person som mest inspirerat mig kreativt måste vara RuPaul. Jag beundrar honom sååå för allt han gjort för HBTgruppen, för popkulturen och inte minst för mig, som inspirationskälla och nöje. DITT BILDSPRÅK ÄR VÄLDIGT UTSTUDERAT OCH KONCEPTUELLT, HUR SER SKAPANDEPROCESSEN UT? – Det är kanske inte så strukturerat som man kan tro. Beroende på vem eller vad motivet är så brukar jag komma med ett förslag som vi diskuterar med mitt kreativa team. Sedan utvecklar och finjusterar vi idén och hittar visuella referenser. På plåtningsdagen realiserar vi allt. Mitt team är nu så sammansvetsat och intuitivt att vi knappt behöver tala med varandra under plåtningen. HUR SÄLJER DU IN DE OFTA VÄLDIGT UTMANANDE KONCEPTEN TILL STJÄR-

NORNA? – Som tur är har de numer en idé om vad en plåtning med mig innebär, så det brukar inte vara så svårt. De vet att resultatet blir vackert – ibland på förvånande sätt. DU HAR VISSA LIKHETER MED FLERA KÄNDIS-FOTOGRAFER, SOM KARL GIANT OCH INDRANI/KLINKO. VILKA FOTOGRAFER INSPIRERAR DIG? – Jag har alltid haft Pierre & Gilles som hjältar och mästare som (Richard) Avedon och (Irving) Penn. Det är mycket i konsten som har samma referenser. Det som skiljer dem åt är utgångspunkten. Vi talar alla olika språk baserade på våra egna upplevelser, vilka sedan påverkar det kreativa uttrycket.. DU HAR SJÄLV HAFT FILMHUVUDROLLER OCH REGISSERAT SPELFILM. BLIR DET MER FILM I FRAMTIDEN? – RuPaul och jag gjorde filmen Starrbooty ihop och vi leker med idén om en uppföljare. DET HAR BLIVIT MYCKET TV FÖR DIG DE SENARE ÅREN. HAR DET VARIT EN PR-STRATEGI? – Det började spontant. Jag har sedan varit med i shower som America’s Next Top Model och RuPaul’s Drag Race, och får många förfrågningar. Nu håller jag på med en show som heter The A-List NYC (Om New Yorks power-gayscen, reds anm). Jag utvecklar också flera TV-projekt parallellt, som producent. Jag har fått en fantastisk snabbkurs i TV-produktion från alla de livesändningar jag varit med om. HUR SER DU PÅ KALIFORNIENS GAYPOLITIK OCH RÄTTIGHETEN FÖR BÖGAR ATT GIFTA SIG? – Det är ett skämt och bara en tidsfråga tills alla inser vad som händer och opinionen ger samma rättigheter för alla. Tills dess passar jag på att registrera mig för bröllopspresenter på Tiffanys! HUR SER FAMILJEN UT? – Jag har en fantastisk partner, Martin, och jag är väldigt nära min far. HUR SKÄMMER DU BORT DIG SJÄLV? – Jag reser och upplever exotiska kulturer. VAD GÖR DU PÅ FRITIDEN? – Jag tränar. HAR DU NÅGRA LASTER? – Inte längre, egentligen. BESKRIV DIN STIL – Muskelbög blandat med McQueen. VAD GILLAR DU FÖR MUSIK? – Det beror på mitt humör men det mesta funkar förutom gangsta-rap.

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VAD HAR DU FÖR UPPFATTNING OM SVERIGE OCH DE SVENSKA MÄNNEN? – Jag är enormt influerad av Tom of Finland och förväntar mig att alla skandinaver ser ut som i hans teckningar, det stämmer väl? www.mikeruiz.com

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› MÅNGA SÄGER ATT STAN HAR TAPPAT GNISTAN MEN PERSONLIGEN BEHÖVER JAG INTE BLI RÅNAD AV EN KNARKARE FÖR ATT KÄNNA MIG KREATIVT INSPIRERAD.

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Mike Ruiz om New York.

Till vänster: Skandaldrottningen Kim Kardashian är mest känd för sexvideos och en framträdande bakdel. Mike valde att porträttera henne som en high fashion-gudinna. Nedan: Komediennen Kathy Griffin som 50-talspinuppan Bettie Page.

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Ovan: Helylleartisten Lance Bass i ovanligt kaxig skepnad.

› DET ÄR ETT SKÄMT OCH BARA EN TIDSFRÅGA TILLS ALLA INSER VAD SOM HÄNDER OCH OPINIONEN GER SAMMA RÄTTIGHETER FÖR ALLA. TILLS DESS PASSAR JAG PÅ ATT REGISTRERA MIG FÖR BRÖLLOPSPRESENTER PÅ TIFFANYS! Mike Ruiz om kaliforniens homolagar. !!"!!053

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