In conversation with Miguel Albino
DG: Your images are quite romantic, Miguel. How easy is it to present yourself as both romantic and sexy, as a gay man?
Miguel Albino: I have always found doing that very easy, almost automatically. I’ve always had a hard time separating sex and emotion even on very low levels; so when it comes to those attributes they’ll always come together for me, as if codependent.
DG: Do you feel affected by Brazilian attitudes towards the naked male body?
Miguel Albino: I do – and not in a positive way. I grew up in Rio where the body culture is really strong to the point where if you haven’t got a ripped physique you don’t fit in so I was always very self-conscious and never really showed any skin if I could help it. It wasn’t till I moved to Britain that I gained some naked body confidence.
DG: What do you think of British attitudes towards male nudity, in queer or straight culture?
Miguel Albino: In my experience, being “normal” is celebrated and not something to be ashamed of in Britain when it comes to nudity. I have seen a lot more acceptance from the queer and straight communities than I ever did back in Brazil and that’s bittersweet; to think I’ve had to move across the Atlantic to feel body confident is weird.
Q: Not every man is lucky to be as handsome as you. How do you feel about the pressure to be hot and tight-bodied, in gay culture?
Miguel Albino: Why, thank you! I feel there’s a pressure to look good in some gay circles, but I have also noticed that those circles are often disposable and unattainable. I have seen people be body-shamed on social media and that was scary. But I also feel that there’s a lot of good causes out there to help people feel they’re beautiful the way they are, in spite of their race, shape or size.
Q: Cock and cunt shots are usually either seen in porn or High Art. Under what conditions would you post your full nude on Social Media, if it wasn’t for a magazine shoot?
I would only post my full nudes on social media with a soft cock.
Q: Which gay icons would you like to see get naked – and in which publications?
I have the biggest crush on Dylan McDermott and give me Trevante Rhodes any day, in any publication.