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Anyone who has ever said, “I don’t find Asian men attractive,” has had their attraction shaped by a history of racist U.S. laws emasculating Asian men and unflattering pop-culture depictions of Asian guys as over-sexed, heavily accented stereotypes. (In fact, there’s an excellent video explaining this very trend, and it’s kind of mind-blowing.)
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As a result, we hardly ever see Asian men depicted as desirable. Consider how often you’ve seen as Asian guy as a romantic lead in a film or how often you’ve seen one posing as an underwear model — most likely you haven’t. That exclusion not only affects the way that people see Asian men, but also the way that Asian men see themselves.
Four Asian fellas decided to challenge this stigmatizing view by recreating iconic photographs from four famous underwear models: Mark Wahlberg, Justin Bieber, Jamie Dornan and David Beckham. You can watch the full video of them creating the project and discussing their feelings below, but it’s also 13 minutes long. So if you’re thirsty to see the results, you can scroll down to the shots below.
The featured image at the top of this post shows one of the guys, named Justin, sexily grabbing his package just like Wahlberg did in 1991, but the three images below are ultra-sexy too (partly because they show more racial and body diversity than we ever see in American advertising).
Nathan as Beckham
Neel as Dornan
Andres as Bieber
Visual proof that racial inclusion is sexy. And if you like these, check out Teddy Tzeng’s Candy Crush photo series — they’ll leave you thirsty for even more.