DNA Magazine - - CONTENT #227 - Found­ing Ed­i­tor, An­drew Creagh

Read­ers, I wish you could’ve been at the pre-shoot fit­ting for this swimwear is­sue! Our gor­geous cover star, Benji Condie, tried on dozens of swimwear sam­ples be­fore we ar­rived at the fi­nal shot list. And, bless him, to save time he didn’t bother us­ing the change room. He just popped ev­ery­thing on and off in front of us. No one com­plained.

Dis­cussing cast­ing op­tions with pho­tog­ra­pher Chris­tian Scott weeks be­fore, I’d said, “I want to get the swimwear wet this year. I want the model to roll around in the surf and show the gear do­ing what it’s de­signed for. We need some­one nat­u­rally well built, not too huge, and I want a hairy chest and stub­ble with a fun per­son­al­ity.”

“What about Benji?” sug­gested Chris­tian. We’d shot Benji for DNA #208 and loved work­ing with him, so I agreed straight away.

Benji has just the right kind of body for a swimwear story – beau­ti­fully mus­cu­lar, clear skin, soft nat­u­ral body hair that’s not waxed or clip­pered into shape, and a smile and pos­i­tive at­ti­tude that light up the room. He’s per­fect and at the fit­ting I just wanted to hug him – which would’ve been to­tally in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­cause he was naked!

Ev­ery­thing looked great on Benji, which made our job very easy.

The fi­nal ten gar­ments cho­sen, Benji and Chris­tian, as­sisted by Cain Cooper, headed to the beach for the af­ter­noon. Cain cap­tured some great be­hind-the-scenes video, which you’ll find on our web­site and so­cial me­dia.

Even though I’m fair skinned and burn eas­ily, I love the beach. Float­ing around in the ocean soothes the soul; there’s some­thing re­as­sur­ing and al­most deca­dent about it – es­pe­cially when the wa­ter is clear, warm and there’s a gen­tle swell. Peo­ple be­have dif­fer­ently at the beach. Maybe be­cause the beach is no longer “civil­i­sa­tion” but not re­ally the wilds of na­ture, here’s a sense of free­dom; that the usual rules don’t quite ap­ply.

I’ve no­ticed in re­cent years, on Aus­tralian beaches, that many peo­ple are no longer tak­ing the rules of beach­wear se­ri­ously! Beach­wear seems to have be­come any­thing-goes-wear. In par­tic­u­lar, some men seem to think it’s okay to rock up to the beach in street clothes and take a dip in their un­der­wear. Is this a bad thing? It de­pends. If the body emerg­ing wet from the waves is fit – it’s a very good thing. Wet un­der­wear leaves noth­ing to the imag­i­na­tion.

In this month’s swimwear fash­ion story, Free­dom ’19, you’ll see the chang­ing tastes in swimwear re­flected – and you’ll see what I mean about gor­geous Benji, too.

Else­where this is­sue, we speak to Michal Ni­co­las, Cre­ative Direc­tor of Teamm8, who cel­e­brate their 10th an­niver­sary this year. Teamm8 have earned a global fol­low­ing and be­come style in­flu­encers in the world of men’s un­der­wear, swimwear, ac­tive and streetwear. I know a lot of DNA reader, both here and in the States, are devo­tees of the brand and ea­gerly await new ranges.

What I like about Teamm8 is that they are al­ways that lit­tle bit ahead of the curve, com­ing up with fash­ion-for­ward ideas that are to­tally wear­able and aren’t too “out there”.

A swimwear is­sue with­out a nod to the erotic charge of swimwear would be re­miss – so in the raunchy read Speedo Rev­e­la­tion by Jack Ladd dis­cover how a shy English “ladd” first came to grips with the Aussie re­al­ity of wear­ing a speedo! I think you’ll en­joy it.

Speak­ing of which… the DNA Christ­mas Pool Party is al­most upon us and the big ques­tion is what to wear. For me, it’ll be a hat and a lot of sun­screen. Don’t worry, I’ll be wear­ing more than that, but I ex­pect that a lot of the boys won’t be wear­ing much at all. If you’re in Syd­ney De­cem­ber 22, do come along. The fab­u­lous Maxi Shield is host­ing, Teamm8 are treat­ing us to a fash­ion show and our DJs in­clude lo­cal boy Dom de Sousa and, from Lon­don, DJ Joelby. I don’t mind say­ing, it’s Syd­ney’s sex­i­est Christ­mas party.

Also in this is­sue, we take a look at The HIV Book Project, a col­lec­tion of in­ter­views and pho­to­graphs that doc­u­ment chang­ing at­ti­tudes to HIV over the years. We also speak to Tony, who’s on a mis­sion to in­crease test­ing – it’s one way we’re help­ing end HIV for good!

I just wanted to hug him – which would’ve been to­tally in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­cause he was naked.”

Benji at the beach wear­ing Ruf­skin!


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