Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Thierry Pepin Official; New Release Dates
Thierry Pepin Official
I once posted about a male clothing catalogue called International Male, and the product of this catalogue, UnderGear. This is how I described both catalogues back then:
Over the years International Male evolved in various ways. When all the tacky flashy Vegas styles of the 1970's went bust and the more conservative 1980's preppy look took over, I thought for sure they'd go out of business. The only people who wore the clothes from IM in the 80's and 90's were people who were either stuck in a time warp or didn't know any better. But IM didn't go out of business and the catalogues kept coming. Though I've never ordered clothes, I have ordered underwear and things like boots and accessories I can't find in retail shops. And in all these years, the one thing that has always remained the same in IM are the horse-hung male models posing in sheer underwear, showing off their goods.
The important part of that particular post is to understand that even though gay men are taught heteronormativity from birth, it's impossible to change certain things about them, and one of those things is the innate attraction (emotional and physical) they have for other men. It doesn't get more complicated than this at the most fundamental level. The problem is, and has always been, young adult gay men have little with which to identify and that's mainly because they are terrified to let anyone know they are gay. And it was catalogues like International Male and UnderGear that kept them sane through puberty. Neither of the catalogues are pornographic, and yet there's always been a certain brand of sexuality, and homoeroticism, that has attracted gay men. If a young adult gay man is caught with one of these catalogues under his bed, he can always use the excuse that he's only looking at for the clothing. It's plausible; most parents believe it because they don't want to know the truth.
I've personally kept my subscription...and account...with Undergear through the years because I sometimes see accessories I like. But I also like to see the models, even to this day. And in the most recent issue I spotted a male model named Thierry Pepin that literally made me open the catalogue just to see what he was wearing. Of course they don't give you the names of the models up front, so you have to do a little research to find out more about them. But in this case, with Thierry Pepin, all it took was a simple search and I came up with all this, below. As a side note, the male models in all the catalogues are always worth checking out, however, in this case, with Pepin, there's just something different about him that's impossible to ignore. Of course that could be subjective, and maybe it's just me, but I think if you check out the following links you'll tend to agree with me. Great looking men are all over the place, but only a few have the extra something you can't define.
This is Thierry Pepin's official web site. There's no copy to paste here, but this is all about the image and it's been done in a very artistic, professional way. There are also a few videos, all pg-rated, and a contact page and a forum for I guess what could be comments. The forum is empty, but I think it would be interesting to start a discussion over there.
Now this is where it gets more interesting. Pepin isn't just a model. He's also been in a film, and he's owned a restaurant in NY.
GM and founder of the defunct New York restaurant T Poutine.
Discovered by Giovanni Model Management in Montreal.
Studied fine art and design at Marie-Victorin College.
Appeared in an unaired television series, called "Plantation".
Walked the runways of major fashion shows all over the world. Modeled for distinguished world-class brands including Armani, Yves Saint Laurent, Abercrombie & Fitch, Ralph Lauren, and others. Appeared in numerous publications such as Esquire, GQ, Harper's Bazaar, L'Uomo Vogue, and O, The Oprah Magazine. Major ad campaigns for Polo Jeans, Silver perfume, Romance by Ralph Lauren, and Belvedere Vodka.
The restaurant was called T Poutine. For those in the US who don't know what Poutine is, I actually did post about this once, too. It's one of my favorite comfort foods of all time.
The film Pepin starred in is titled, Danny in the Sky. And if you follow this link, you'll find a very emotional scene. I haven't seen the film. It's now on order.
Here's an interview Thierry Pepin did. It's nothing earth-shattering, but it's fun and not everything has to be earth-shattering all the time.
I did a little more research about Pepin that I'll post in the future. And the reason is that I think he has that same pop culture appeal that not everyone has, just like the late Joey Stefano. What surprises me is that we haven't seen more of him, so to speak. I wish I could post photos of him here, but I hate to infringe on anyone's copyrights. But there are plenty of photos on the web, and you can check out the links I've provided, or do your own search. The only thing I didn't seem to find was anything about future projects.
New Release Dates
The next book in the Bad Boy Billionaire series, The Silicon Valley Sex Scandal, is coming out this Friday. I've posted about this book here, before. And it's one of my favorites because it gets into a lot of issues we all deal with online these days, especially the fear of online stalkers.
And on August 30th, which is only a few weeks away, I'll be releasing the anthology, The Women Who Love to Love Gay Romance. I've posted about that here, too. And I've been in touch with all the authors who contributed to make sure they know when the release date is. I always hated nothing more than not knowing about what to expect with a book I contributed to, and even though I have no immediate plans to do another anthology for a while, I want each author who contributed to feel as if they really are a part of something. And some of these authors are brand new voices; book releases are always exciting. Too many editors don't take that into consideration, and I've never been sure why. If it wasn't for the authors they wouldn't have an anthology in the first place. They should get over themselves.
More to come on this book in the upcoming weeks.