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“Bring On The Challenge!”

Representing Hong Kong at last year’s Mr Gay World finals, Mass Luciano was pipped for top spot by Klaus Burkart from Germany. But, six months later, Klaus has resigned and the title has passed to Mass. A fashion designer, blogger, romantic and passionate advocate for the LGBT world, he spoke to DNA about what he hopes to achieve during his brief reign.

DNA: How do you feel about stepping into the Mr Gay World role?

Mass Luciano: It feels great! Totally unexpected, but I welcome the challenge and hope to make the best of the next few months.

Why did Klaus step down? Have you been in touch with him? Klaus and I stayed in touch after the competition in South Africa. There’s nothing scandalous about him stepping down. He accepted a new job and unfortunately didn’t have enough time off to fulfill the duties of Mr Gay World.

The next international Mr Gay World finals are in Malta in April – does that give you enough time to leave your mark on the title?

Absolutely! But I will need to be more aggressive since I only have a few months left to get my global initiative off the ground.

What would you like to achieve as MrGay World? I want to raise awareness about HIV testing around the world. With all the advancement in medical treatments for HIV, there isn’t enough dialogue about the importance of knowing one’s HIV status. Guys are transmitting the virus unknowingly and there has been an increase of new HIV infections among young gay men, especially in Asia. Getting tested for HIV reduces the risk of new infections by 95 percent, which is huge. I hope to get more people talking about this issue and encourage everyone to include HIV testing into their routines.

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DNA #193 features and exclusive interview with model Nyle Dimarco. Photographed by the talented Christian Scott during his recent trip down under the deaf ‘America’s Next Top Model’ winner explains his “fluid” sexual attractions. For those who like to spice things up in their underwear draw, you can’t miss our in-depth look at rise in popularity of mens lace, satin, silk and frilled underwear. Meet the Australian All-Male, All-Vaudeville and All-Trash boylesque circus tour troupe ’Briefs: The Second Coming’. As our journalist Jesse Archer sits down for a chat with the men who heating up the stage. For our cultured readers, you can’t go past our look at homoerotica in the arts over the ages. Combining culture with DNA’s much loved bugles and ass we take a look at the phenomenon #readnaked that encourages gay men to discover books by gay authors. It’s all class with ass. On the other side of the coin, we visit the new documentary that takes a look at Chemsex and it’s culture within the gay scene. As for hot guys in this months DNA. We also get up close and personal with the delicious model Diego Sochi in some of the latest underwear fashion and model Aleksander Dorokhov is everything seductive in the exclusive photo series from photographer Stanly Vo. Meet straight mate Tim Phillips, Dear Diva answers some interesting questions about jealousy in relationships, we read up on celebrity fan boy and author Matthew Rettemund and check out the new music of singer John Grant.