'I'm pretty sure there's a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking. And I plan on finding out what that is.'
1999 caped the decade of the male supermodel. Up until the 90's, male models were mostly accessories, but in the 90's they came into their own. Surprisingly, it was wasn't just Marcus Schenkenberg and Tyson Beckford today's young models can thank. It was actually Fabio, who was the highest paid male model of the 90's, reaching a wider and older audience interested in knowing more about the man behind the face and body.
By the mid 2000's male supermodels began again to fade, with a slew of newer faces and younger bodies hitting the scene. It became harder and harder to make a mark with so many more men in the industry. In addition, fashion and editorial modeling wasn't the only game in town, with reality show (T.J Wilk, JP Caldreon) and internet models (Phil Fusco, Nick Ayler, Bryan Thomas) all vying for attention of lovers of the male form.
When I first started FH in 2007, I knew I wanted to look back and not just focus on the man of the moment. Some of the male models from the past were inspirations to my love of art, photography and of course the male form's representation in society. In addition, some models, like Tyson Beckford, look better than ever and are doing work, often pushing more boundaries than when they were younger. FH celebrates media men from every decade, the 90's, maybe have the most impact on me personally.