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Bumper Crop of Beauty: A DNA Preview

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Friend of Towleroad Lewis Payton has allowed me to share a few images with you from the upcoming issue of DNA (now one of Towleroad's sponsors!). Lewis Payton fans should be happy, as the issue features a bumper crop of eye candy all shot by Mr. P. I asked Lewis for a few words about the images, and the guys in them.

Kevin Burns: "This shoot features a new face, Kevin Burns. Kevin is only 21, but he's already experienced more than many people ever will. Stationed in Iraq for two years with the US military, Kevin earned the Bronze Star for bravery when his quick thinking saved an entire village from terrorist attack. His stories of Iraq were shocking, moving and very sobering. It breaks my heart to think of so many of our best and brightest youth being maimed and killed fighting a war with such dubious justification.

Kevin is firmly against the war and feels a lot of anger towards the Bush administration. He lost many friends in the two years he was in Iraq and carries countless non visible scars that will never heal. It was surreal to be creating a superficial fashion story with someone who has so recently witnessed and experienced such horror and devastation. Don't get me wrong, I love my work and I feel very honored to be able to showcase beauty in the world, but I felt very humbled by this shoot. When the war get a human face like Kevin's, it really brings it home."

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Sean Harley: "Sean was my first ever magazine cover model (DNA #56) and we've stayed in touch ever since. He's a great guy, very humble, totally genuine and a real pleasure to be around. While he's currently based in California, his heart is definitely back in Nebraska - this is one guy who loves the country life. When we did our first shoot, Sean was toying with the idea of competitive bodybuilding and he was huge, even after leaning down for the shoot. In the two years since, he stopped bodybuilding in order to pursue modeling and acting. When we did this second shoot, Sean had lost almost 40 pounds of muscle - quite the transformation! This is a really clean and fresh shoot and it's one of my favorite DNA covers."

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Rusty Joiner: "Pretty much everyone has heard of Rusty Joiner. He's graced the covers of countless fitness magazines and developed a massive following over the ten years he's been modeling. Rusty was DNA's December cover star and he was such a hit, they've brought him back for a second time. Rusty is a very sweet guy who brings professionalism and a tirelessly good nature to everything he does."

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  1. Homina homina homina

    Posted by: Brian | Jan 18, 2006 3:55:26 PM


  2. Oh my God.. I'm gonna need awhile to soak all that in...

    Hooooooooooooooooot!

    Posted by: Greg | Jan 18, 2006 4:07:28 PM


  3. Lewis has the most natural ability to see light and use it to make skin beyond beautiful... And if you lose the fake aussie accent he's still qutie charming!!

    Posted by: rusty joiner | Jan 18, 2006 4:08:48 PM


  4. wow. I need to go to the gym.

    Posted by: Ladd | Jan 18, 2006 4:15:41 PM


  5. I know I'll get flamed, but, while appreciating the sexy pictures by themselves for what they are, and feeling even more strongly that the invasion of Iraq was wrong, Payton's pimping his soft porn and talking about war in the same breath is what real obscenity is. Are we to mourn the death of pretty boys more than the deaths of anyone else? These pictures are NOT "the face of war" and it disgusts me that Payton even suggests it. For shame!

    Posted by: Tagg | Jan 18, 2006 4:33:05 PM


  6. It's insulting to call Payton's work soft porn, but it's a reflection of every other misconception and insult thrown around so easily by the above poster.

    Kevin Burns IS one of the faces of the Iraq war. An otherwise normal, very young American male sent to fight an unjust war, returning emotionally scarred and damaged to a country struggling to maintain normality in the face of this travesty taking place with so many of its best and brightest. Lewis clearly isn't suggesting only pretty boys be mourned or lauded, he is telling the story of ONE soldier struggling to return to some sense of normality. Payton is a fashion photographer and this guy is a model who happens to have an amazing story. Very few soldiers are awarded the bronze star and as former military, I know just what a huge honor that is. Soldiers are not inhuman robots, but regular people who have ambitions and desires for life away from the battlefield. Kudos to Kevin Burns for pursuing his goals and double kudos to Payton for continually shooting such sensual and beautiful fashion images.

    Posted by: Dan Macpherson | Jan 18, 2006 4:49:19 PM


  7. Hey Tagg - I'm not gonna flame you. Guess I was too distracted by the first guy's ROCKIN' ASS to notice the text (Sorry Andy). I'm not as outraged as you are, but I do agree it's a stretch to call this "the face of war". Bitch please. As if anyone in Iraq is standing around in Ginch Gonch underwear with an expensive haircut and a key light. But it is kind of interesting that even in the exclusive club of Payton's models you don't have to reach over 2, 3, or 4 degrees of separation before you find someone whose life has been affected by it. That connection is standing right there against that gray parchment backdrop. Apparently Mr. Rockin' Ass saved the lives of a whole freaking village (it didn't say how), and if that's really true then I think it's something to feel really good about, even if the war is a horrible thing that shouldn't have happened in the first place. And I don't think anyone's mourning the death of pretty boys more than others. Every boy who died was pretty in someone's eyes. They just didn't have a talented photographer publish their image.

    Posted by: Brian | Jan 18, 2006 4:50:17 PM


  8. oh.my.GOD

    THANK YOU ANDY!!

    I didn't even read the articles, those pictures put me in a stupor. AND I LOVED IT.

    Posted by: Matt | Jan 18, 2006 7:02:52 PM


  9. Ewwwwwwww. Give me pale, geeky guys any day.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Jan 18, 2006 7:35:45 PM


  10. Criticizing Payton's words takes nothing away from Burns' service. Payton: "When the war get [sic] a human face like Kevin's, it really brings it home." If he had written, "...a human STORY like Kevin's" my response might have been different. Because he didn't; because pretty faces are his profession and apparent obsession, it's fair to see his comments with little more depth than George Bush's crocodile tears about our fallen. If Payton is genuinely concerned about the war ending, and not just the pretty boys associated with it, let him put his camera where his mouth is [no pun intended]. Go into a Veteran's hospital and photograph some of the over 50,000 Americans who have been wounded in Iraq. Go to the funeral of some of those who died. Go to Iraq itself and photograph the soldiers [male AND female] trying to survive there, or the civilians wounded by sides.

    We all can appreciate new wack off material, but to call these "fashion images," Colonel Klink, I mean MacPherson, is indicative of some kind of Post Masturbation Stress Disorder. How much did it cost you to have Reichen's calendars leather bound?

    Posted by: Tagg | Jan 18, 2006 7:42:29 PM


  11. Iraq? I hadn't noticed. I'll take a blue a green and two whites thank you.

    Posted by: Chad Hanging | Jan 18, 2006 7:43:10 PM


  12. "It's insulting to call Payton's work soft porn"....Yah, insulting to soft porn!

    Re: Rusty Joiner, is that just lighting, or a bona fide chafe stain on his crotch in the first pic? Has Photoshop not been released down under yet?

    Posted by: sar | Jan 18, 2006 8:21:43 PM


  13. Look closer, it's a wrinkle in the speedo.

    Posted by: Peter | Jan 18, 2006 8:34:44 PM


  14. Look closer, it's a wrinkle in the speedo. I think it's refreshing that it's not photoshopped to death. And frankly, my eyes were drawn to far more appealing parts of that partic. image ;)

    Posted by: Peter | Jan 18, 2006 8:36:36 PM


  15. ""It's insulting to call Payton's work soft porn"....Yah, insulting to soft porn!"

    And, as always, the comment cats come out to play! Jeepers creepers!! I'm going to call myself shallow and just stick to the pretty (oh so pretty) pictures. Thanks Andy and DNA and Lewis. With all the tacky crap on the net and all the bad shit happening in the world, a little bit of beauty never goes astray.

    Posted by: JamesJ | Jan 18, 2006 8:44:24 PM


  16. SCRUM-DILLY-ICIOUS!
    SCRUM-DILLY-ICIOUS!
    SCRUM-DILLY-ICIOUS!

    Posted by: resurrect | Jan 18, 2006 10:54:30 PM


  17. Picture one is cute, after that they are all plastic people.

    Posted by: Bazza | Jan 19, 2006 2:49:19 AM


  18. While I think the model in the top two photos is a very hot man I have to criticize the photos because they make the model look like he has only one arm. He does have a great ass, that’s for sure.

    Posted by: iceman | Jan 19, 2006 9:27:57 AM


  19. Kevin Burns - What an ass!

    Posted by: Donald | Jan 19, 2006 9:53:34 AM


  20. Sean lost 40 pounds after quiting bodybuiding? I wonder if that's because he went off the 'roids.

    Posted by: Marc | Jan 19, 2006 10:07:17 AM


  21. When I scanned down to Sean's (first) photo, I thought it was Matty, for some strange reason...

    Posted by: Steven | Jan 19, 2006 10:29:40 AM


  22. Rusty Joiner ... you take my breath away!

    Posted by: Phillip | Jan 19, 2006 9:31:10 PM


  23. Thank you to the owners of this site. I just had to explain where I got the picture of the blue briefs guy I'm using as my PC wallpaper and the discussion brought us closer together.

    Thanks!!!

    Posted by: Chad Hanging | Jan 20, 2006 2:14:38 AM


  24. Wow they are so hot. Thanks alot Andy.

    Posted by: Mike | Jan 20, 2006 6:38:30 AM


  25. Great work, thanks for sharing this preview with us.

    Posted by: Arch Noble | Jan 20, 2006 10:18:46 PM


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