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A BODY OF WORK

MEET YOUR GENERATION GAY, SOME OF THE OUT AND PROUD STARS YOU VOTED INTO OUR HOT 100. THEY DISCUSS BODY IMAGE AND THE PRESSURES OF LOOKING GOOD IN THE SPOTLIGHT.

Photography: Joseph Sinclair Styling: Nick Byam

(Clockwise left to right) Lachie wears t-shirt by River Island, jeans by H&M, Timmy wears vest by Jockey, jeans by New Look, Mark wears his own t-shirt, jeans by River island, Lance wears vest by Burton, jeans by Rufskin, Michael wears his own t-shirt, Dino wears vest (over shoulders) by ABOUT, Duncan wears t-shirt by Topman, jeans by River island, Aaron wears jeans by Uniqlo, Andrew wears t-shirt by River Island, jeans by Blue Inc, Charlie wears vest by Burton, jeans by River Island, Sanjay wears t-shirt by ABOUT, jeans by Blue Inc

GROOMING BY LUTHFA RAHMAN USING ARMANI AND KEVYN / GROOMING AND HAIR BY NIBRAS USING MAC AND BUMBLE & BUMBLE / HAIR BY TOM BERRY USING BUMBLE & BUMBLE

LANCE BASS & MICHAEL TURCHIN

Former *NSYNC star Lance, 36, and artist/ actor partner Michael, 28, on what they think is sexy and why the world is getting fatter.

What is ‘sexy’?

L : I find being thought of as sexy kind of embarrassing! I've never seen myself as sexy. I was a very goofy looking teenager, and I had the pleasure of having all that immortalized with my days with *NSYNC. Joy!

M: My idea of sexy definitely involves a guy with confidence, passion, intelligence and a great sense of humor. Looking good naked also helps!

Your sexiest body part?

L: My butt. God gave me an ass!

M: Others comment that they like my arms and chest. And I guess my butt isn't too bad either.

Do you find yourself under pressure to look a certain way?

L: Only when I came out did I care about going to the gym. That can be shallow, but at least it's healthy!

M: I think there's always some sort of pressure for everyone to look fit and attractive at times. At least half of my social media comments are related to how I look so it's hard to completely put that out of your head. I mostly put the pressure on myself, though, because when I feel I look great it gives me the extra confidence I need to conquer the day.

Do you have any body insecurities?

M: I am in fact guilty of taking one or two too many shirtless selfies at times, but it's all in good fun. I guess you have to be somewhat of an exhibitionist to put yourself out there like that so maybe I am. Who knows?

Does being fit and healthy equate with body confidence?

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About Attitude

The annual Attitude Hot 100 is unveiled in this special issue, with a supplement full of 100 of the world’s hottest men as voted for by you! Who came out on top? Find out inside. Our cover features just a few of the gay celebrities featured on the list: Lance Bass, Michael Turchin, Charlie King, Sanjay Sood-Smith and Dino Fetscher. Inside we explore body image with a special presentation of ‘dad bods’, a report from the alternative East London pageant Mr Glory, and the unveiling of our new column about a compulsive overeater. We have interviews with X Factor star Andrea Faustini, pop stars MS MR, soul boy John Newman, performance legend Penny Arcade, and comedian Joe Lycett, who accompanies a full rundown of all things LGBT at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. All this, plus the usual fun and frolics!
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