Paul Richmond’s ‘Cheesecake Boys’ Stars Men in Pin-Up Poses
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Paul Richmond’s ‘Cheesecake Boys’ Stars Men in Classic Pin-Up Poses

Paul Richmond’s ‘Cheesecake Boys’ Stars Men in Classic Pin-Up Poses
Paul Richmond

Ohio-based artist Paul Richmond’s “Cheesecake Boys” series puts an overdue spin on gender stereotypes.

Paul Richmond‘s “Cheesecake Boys” series shows hunky men in mid-20th-century style pin-up portraits, which traditionally feature women.

The series features well-known gay personalities such as photographer Mike Ruiz, celebrity blogger Perez Hilton and comedian Alec Mapa. Richmond described his tongue-in-cheek series as an “equal opportunity” approach to pin-up culture.

Cheesecake Boys 'Beach Bum'

Each of Richmond’s “Cheesecake” works parodies an iconic image and adds a contemporary twist. “Beach Bum,” which features writer and artist Alan Ilagan, is a virile take on the “Coppertone Baby,” while “Blast from the Past” is a gender fluid re-creation of Marilyn Monroe’s steamy subway grate scene from The Seven Year Itch.

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“Each figure is shown in the midst of a revealing and ‘accidental’ wardrobe malfunction, struggling to gather his aplomb and his pants without ever losing his cool,” Richmond told The Huffington Post.

He continued: “It intrigues me that it was almost exclusively women who were depicted as hapless victims of skin-baring circumstances, such as the pin-up girls by Gil Elvgrin and Art Frahm. Those ladies couldn’t even walk down the street without their skirts blowing up or their underwear falling down — or both!”

Scroll through some of our favorite photos from the “Cheesecake Boys” series below.

Cheesecake Boys 'Sleigh Ride'

Cheesecake Boys 'Rainbow Pride'

Cheesecake Boys 'Peeping Perez'

Cheesecake Boys 'On Display'

Cheesecake Boys 'In Hot Pursuit'

Cheesecake Boys 'Catch of the Day'

Cheesecake Boys 'Blast from the Past'

See more of Richmond’s work on his official website here.

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