Mr. USA is our Man Crush Monday

Mr. United States, Timothy Richardson has been traveling the globe and influencing other both in person and via social media. The 23-year-old from Orlando, FL was crowned Mr. USA in August, but has been winning over the fans on Instagram long before. Richardson attributes his ability to reach others to the accessibility to social media and is grateful for the impact one can make because of it.

Our friends at MR. JOEL sat down for an exclusive interview with Timothy Richardson to dive into what it means to be Mr. United States and the potential for change that sits in his hands as a mentor, spokesperson, advocate, and icon.

See why Mr. USA is our Man Crush Monday!



Tell us a bit about you and your background.

  • I grew up in Orlando, Florida, born and raised, and when I was in High School I always played basketball. In senior year I transferred to track, and from track it took me to the University of Miami, and in Miami is where I picked up modelling, and that’s where I developed my interest that soon developed into a passion. I wanted to learn how to use my body to exude art, to be able to portray a message through a picture.

What motivates or inspires you?

  • My inspiration is to be better than I was yesterday. I know so many people say that’s cliché but I try not to focus on perfection but rather productivity is my goal. I tell myself that if I can do one more thing than I did yesterday then I can say that I gave 100% effort today. I try and stay in my own lane and remember that everybody else is on their own time and that I am my only competition. I wake up every day trying to out-do myself.

What career did you want to pursue when you were younger?

  • I wanted to be an aerospace engineer. I can tell you everything about a space shuttle!



My goal is to only make you smile when you think about last night.

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Tell us about being Mr. United States.

  • Well, being Mr. United States means you are a public figure, it’s under the umbrella of Miss. USA and Miss. America, and my job is to make public appearances, do volunteer service and promote my national platform which is ‘Lift communities: leading and inspiring futures together’. This is also in conjunction with my non-profit ties for change, it’s a mentoring program for young men. When I was younger I lost my dad at the age of 7 and from there on, I made it a mission of mine to help younger men who didn't have their fathers. So, I used Mr. United States to not only be a public figure but a mentor.​

How do you think Instagram and digital influencers can impact brands and consumers?

  • I live on my Instagram. In a year, I’ve gone from 2,000 followers to 23,000 followers. I try to utilize every tool from promoting my pictures to adding links in my bio. It is a tool you can use to put yourself on display for the world to see and whilst at the same time it can be intimidating it also builds confidence because it’s something that becomes your own, your own platform, nobody can take it away from you. Instagram has contributed to my individuality.



What positive or negative impact has social media had on your career so far?

  • For positive; it has allowed me to develop individuality and allowed me to put my name out there. I always wanted to be in the entertainment industry, never knowing what form but being a public figure on Instagram has allowed me to get my name out there. Negative, which also turns into positive, you deal with judgment. Social media provides people the option to voice their opinion and I think that’s when you have to develop a Tuscan leather; at the end of the day, if you are happy with what you’re doing, and you have people to support you, then you are doing something right. Not everybody is going to like what you do, so once you accept that then everything becomes organic and begins to feel good.

What do you eat before working out?

  • Chicken and broccoli!

Talk us through your weekly workout training plan/routine.

  • I usually work out, depending on if I am working for a shoot, around 2 times a day, or sometimes 3 times a day.  I wake up in the morning and I do what I call TwentyThrees, it’s a workout that got published in a magazine called ‘Fits Figure Magazine’. So the work out is I do two pull ups and I do three leg raises, I do them consecutively, so two pull ups and three leg raises and that is one Rep, and I have 50 reps in 30 minutes. So in total that is about 100 pull ups and 150 leg raises in 30 minutes.



Boxers or briefs?

  • Briefs

What was the last text you sent?

  • “What time is the photoshoot?”

What’s in your pocket besides your phone?

  • I have a money clip that carries my cards and my cash, I don’t like carrying a wallet.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?

  • God. I am spiritual, I realized that I am more spiritual than I am religious.

Favourite holiday destination?

  • New York at Christmas!

What was the last movie you watched?

  • The movie “IT”. I love watching scary movies.​

What 3 things can you not leave home without?

  • My cell phone, my Malcom x autobiography and water.



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More Guys Are Falling In Love With The Merman Life

A few years ago, we shared with you a quick clip of the TLC spotlight on the rise of mermen. (A video which you can now watch in it’s entirety down below).

It seems that the craze of being a merman is only getting stronger. Now, there are several companies out there specializing in giving men the fins they’ve always wanted. Plus, even Insider and Buzzfeed made videos about Mermen.


To understand the craze and maybe permanent facet of modern life, GayStarNews spoke to Instagrammers Davi Moreira and Alex Vassal about their lives as mermen.

Davi Moreira is a gay man living in Brazil who told GSN that he’s been into mermaid culture since he was young.



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“I started when I was little, playing on the beach. I would roll my mom’s towel around my legs and I imitate Ariel. I am a huge fan of Disney,” he told them.

“Then I saw that there were people who would professionally do this and had a different lifestyle. From there I got the idea of using a flipper, sowed some tight Lycra to it and it became a simple tail. Then I started buying more.”



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Then there’s Alex Vassal who’s also a gay Instagrammer who loves to be shot in a fishtail. In fact, he sports 44,000 subscribers to his Instagram account and travels the world as Merman Arion.

Vassal confirms that he also makes the fishtails himself by sewing thousands of scales by hand.

But it’s not just these two guys. Again, the love of mermen and mermaids has become a staple in our world. In fact, there is now annual gathers like Mermania in the US and the European Merfest where people gather the celebrate the love of merelife.

It seems this not so much a craze or fad, but a true facet of life for many people in this world. Perhaps the merpeople populace will only grow from here.



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h/t: GSN

Gay Instagrammer In Trouble For His Blackface Halloween Costume

Instagrammer Zachary Crane is in trouble for dressing up for Halloween in what people are calling Blackface.

Crane is a 30-year-old Instagrammer and artist with over 22,000 followers. But he isn’t just an Instagram artist who shares his artwork, he also posts everyday pics of himself engaging in the world. Plus, he does a bunch of vanity shots as well like bathroom selfies, underwear selfies, shirtless shots, gym shots and more.

For Halloween, Crane decided he wanted to dress up as an iconic Marvel superhero from the X-men.

And while nobody questions his decision to dress up as Storm (because come on, Storm's awesome), many have a problem with the way that he chose to do it.

Many called it Blackface and berated Crane, and, of course, Crane saw nothing wrong with the way he dressed. Instead, he felt attacked by all the commenters.

“I’m fully aware that everyone is crying over my costume and calling me a racist piece of shit… like seriously,” he said in a now-deleted Instagram post. “Just to let everyone know, I love Storm. Have ever since I was a kid.”

Many people are calling Crane racist and pointing out that he’s a known Trump supporter to demonize the man. But, this writer won’t. I’m going to believe that Zachary Crane didn’t mean any harm when he wore this outfit.

That said, Crane’s costume choice is still offensive and a terrible decision from the get-go.

This moment reminds me of last Halloween when The Real O’Neals had the same controversy when main character Kevin O’Neal dressed up as Super Bowl Beyoncé including a darker skin tone. (I had similarly conflicting thoughts when that happened).

In history, Blackface is attached to things like the Minstrel shows of the 1800s. White actors would travel around America (and Europe). They would wear black paint on their skin and act out racist stereotypes of black people.

For many, the definition of Blackface includes the stereotypical and racist “acting” of blackness and not just the darkening of skin.

Perhaps that mentality of "If it's not meant to be racist it isn't Blackface," is why people like Zachary Crane or Kenny O’Neal dress up in costumes and darken their face to look black.

Again, I don’t think Zachary Crane was intending to be racist (or rather, I hope he wasn’t), but I also think that his white privilege was showing.

Instead of fighting to darken your skin, why not save yourself the hassle of fighting (and putting on the paint), and instead respect the feelings and history of people of color?

Can we all just agree to stop coloring our skin to mimic other races and put Blackface behind us for good? (And yes, I’m also including Yellowface and Whiteface found in comedies like White Chicks).

While you could argue “PC this” and “PC that,” this ultimately is a fight we don’t need to have. You can still dress up as Beyoncé or X-Men’s Storm. Just don’t color your skin. That’s it.

Note: The opinion in this article belongs to the writer and not of Instinct Magazine itself.

Update (11/2/2017): This article first label's Zachary Crane's action as not Blackface. That said, after some consideration and a long response to a commenter down below (which is worth reading if you're interested in this topic), it has been updated to say the opposite.

Check Out The Halloween Costumes of These Pro & Olympic Gay Athletes

Just because Halloween was a couple days ago and some people are already playing Christmas music, doesn’t mean that we can’t appreciate a few more Halloween outfits (especially if they have gay athletes inside).

That’s right, we wanted to share with you some more costumed men besides Colton Haynes and Milan Christopher.

First, we have soccer player Robbie Rogers along with his husband Greg Berlanti and their son Caleb all dressed up as characters from Sesame Street (an idea that Caleb came up with).


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Next Anton Hysen, who’s normally a soccer player from Sweden, decided to put on the uniform of a different kind of football player.


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Then, we have Michael Sam who dressed up as the Pharaoh he always was on the inside. #OneTrueKing


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Then, of course, we have to see what the Daleys were doing. Tom Daley dressed as what looks like a ballerina version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and his husband Dustin Lance Black dressed up as a Lego-man. Of course, a better description is what Daley decided to call themselves: “Whatever that is.”


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Olympian John Fennel was more streamlined in his interpretation as he dressed up as Lady Liberty herself.

And then to round us off, we have Olympic Skier Gus Kenworthy who’s dressed up like he’s ready to join the army (or maybe just an army themed calendar spread).


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Singer MNEK Celebrated National Coming Out Day By Talking About Being Gay and Black

MNEK wrote a letter to share his thoughts on being gay and black to celebrate National Coming Out day.

Last week, MNEK, a singer and producer for artists like Beyoncé, Bastille, Diplo, and Madonna, took to Instagram to share his thoughts on the intersection of race and sexuality, as well as taking the journey to self-love and acceptance.

The 22-year-old British singer wrote:

“Happy national coming out day, guys.  It feels impossible to do but we did it. I came out as gay when I was 18. A year before, I went to my first gay club… and decided amongst all the naked men and free alcohol that it was the perfect time to let the good sis know ‘I’m bi, i like boys and girls’ she goes ‘cool, i knew but i love you all the same bb’.

“The one foot in one foot out thing wasn’t fruitful. A trip to Malia with “some of the lads” in 2013 helped me realise girls just weren’t for me lol. I remember at the time I was just feeling v scared, and unsure – and so I’d try and drop it in conversation to normalize it with varying results.”

“I also think being black and realizing you’re gay can be v daunting. You dk what to do or who to talk to, you’re dealing with being a dual-minority in a world where being ONE kinda minority is bad enough.”

But despite his struggle, MNEK, who’s known personally as Uzoechi "Uzo" Emenike, is glad that he eventually came out and welcomes anyone who does the same (in their own time).

“If you’ve realized ur LGBTQ, come out in your own time. at your own pace. In your own way. It’s not easy but it’s easier than you think. Trust and believe me. We can take back the strength of ‘coming out’.


(issa read but i'm having a moment so allow me.) happy national coming out day, guys. it feels impossible to do but we did it. I came out as gay when I was 18. A year before, i went to my first gay club (Room Service, obvi) with @amedigital, and decided amongst all the naked men and free alcohol that it was the perfect time to let the good sis know "I'm bi, i like boys and girls" she goes "cool, i knew but i love you all the same bb". the one foot in one foot out thing wasn't fruitful. a trip to Malia with "some of the lads" in 2013 helped me realise girls just weren't for me lol. I remember at the time I was just feeling v scared, and unsure - and so i'd try and drop it in conversation to normalise it with varying results. i also think being black and realising you're gay can be v daunting. you dk what to do or who to talk to, you're dealing with being a dual-minority in a world where being ONE kinda minority is bad enough. there's also things like homophobia WITHIN the black community (see: chichi man, batty boy being regularly used in school)/religion (that video of the priest chatting bout licking the poo poo like sis relax)/ but... NT-way. I told my parents separately, my mum in a letter, my dad in person (although my dad kinda found out but DETAILS!). now at 22, about to turn 23, single, working, on music, myself, enjoying living my truth with so much less to hide - the scared young boy who was so afraid of who he was, so concerned with what people thought about him, so mindful of even coming across even a lil effeminate, who'd deepen his voice around straight men, feels like a LIFE away, what with my the shellac and extensions. if you've realised ur LGBTQ, come out in your own time. at your own pace. in your own way. it's not easy but it's easier than you think. trust and believe me. we can take back the strength of "coming out". and being gay beyond the realisation of your attraction to the same sex - it's also really a test of unconditional love. there's people who aren't in my life anymore, and i'm pretty sure the condition was my homosexuality but oh welp i've made better friends who love me 4 who i am and you will too! i you

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h/t: Attitude

Jackie Chan's Teenage Daughter Came Out As Gay

Jackie Chan’s daughter came out as gay.

On Instagram, Jackie Chan’s teenage daughter, Etta Ng, confirmed her sexuality by taking a picture of herself in front of a rainbow background.

The text that went along with the picture stated “In case no one got the memo, I’m gay” followed by the hashtags “#lgbtqai, #lgbt, #lesbian, and #androgynous.”


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The 17-year-old former Hong Kong beauty queen is the daughter of the martial artist and actor Jackie Chan. At the time, Jackie had an affair with a woman, Etta Ng’s mother, back in the 2000s behind his wife and former actress, Lin Feng-jiao's, back.

But it seems that the mother was arrested last year after Etta Ng reported her to the police over a “domestic disagreement.”

Since then, Etta Ng has been living with 30-year-old former Canadian turned Hong Kong resident and social media star Andi Autumn. And, yesterday Andi Autumn released a photo of the two together revealing that they are actually a couple.

Part of the caption for the photo went as follow:

“I’ve never met anyone like @stolenmilktea.

“She has given me a chance to fully express the running thoughts in my head. No judgements, just understanding. Everything was against us.

“We’ve been pushed down again and again but its worth it knowing we will get through it together, side by side. skip past all of the difficulties we’ve had this year, we are finally heading in the right direction, we have a path.”

We're Dying To Examine Med Student Joey Kiho Kim

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We have another hot Instagram stud for you today and his name is Joesph Kiho Kim.

Joey, as he's more commonly known as, is a Korean-American who started off as a med student, but transitioned into modeling.

Working under the New York company RED, Joey spends a lot of his time in front of the camera. And on top of that, he’s got a good mindset when it comes to his modeling.

“As much as this is a hobby and fun for me, I hope that I can have some positive impact on the way that Asian-American males are portrayed in the media and viewed by the world,” Kim wrote in one of his Instagram posts.

That said, besides publishing a research paper back in April, Joey's modeling "hobby" has recently taken a great upturn and taken over a lot of his medical time.

If you want to see more of Joey Kiho Kim you can check out shots of him photographed by Hard Cider NY, head over to his modeling portfolio, or check out the selection of shots down below.



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More: Check Out Teacher Lee: A Hot Teacher/Model From S. Korea



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Bonus Round: Play that last video and have the music playing as you go back to look at his pictures. It'll give you a totally different experience.

A Body Painter Made This Beautiful Tom of Finland-esque Design

Photo by Michael Meijia

“Skin Wars” Season Three contestant Michael Mejia loves to share his beautiful body paint artwork with the rest of the world, and we should all thank him for it.

His latest work was this hot Tom of Finland-esque workup that’s all about the masculine male physique.

Here’s the original concept art:

And here’s the real thing:

Think its cool? No? Well, check out a few more of his “bodies of work” and then come back to us.

h/t: Queerty

Check Out Teacher Lee: A Hot Teacher/Model From South Korea

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We have our next Instagram stud to share with you all and it’s another hot teacher.

Before, we’ve shared with you hot teachers turned models like Latin America’s Juan Luis San Nicolás and Italy’s Pietro Boselli. And now, we have a hot teacher from South Korea.

Min Q Lee studied Elementary Gifted Education at the Seoul National University of Education. There, he built up on his dream of being a teacher, but Min Q Lee also had several other dreams and goals in store for his life.

Min also had a love of athletics which transitioned into a side career of competing in body building competitions.

Through his success with that, Min Q Lee has gone onto to have modeling jobs, and get to travel all over the world.

And thanks to his success and good looks, he also boasts having over 10 thousand followers on his Instagram account.

There, fans can not only get a good eyeful of Min Q Lee but they can also get a glimpse into the relatively private man’s life. They can see him hanging out with friends, working out, participating in competitions, traveling, being a sports enthusiast, and briefly talking about his teaching experiences.

But don’t take my word for it, check out some photos down below.


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RuPaul Fans Are Praising This Drag Queen Superhero Comic

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We all know that drag queens can be some of the bravest and most amazing people out there, so it’s only fitting that there be a superhero story about a drag queen.

Kickass Drag Queen is an Instagram account that’s started up its own story about a drag queen superhero.

More often than not, we here on Instinct share with you Instagram pictures of this muscular shirtless guy or that muscular shirtless guy, but we don’t as often share the creativity and diversity that can be found on Instagram.

Well, today we’ll change that a little bit by sharing this new Instagram comic series.

The series was originally created by RuPaul season 8 winner Bob the Drag Queen.


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"First, the name hit me: Kickass Drag Queen, which I just thought was a funny name for a superhero. Also, I really like on-the-nose drag names, as you can tell, because my name is Bob the Drag Queen," she told Vice, "There's just something funny about that to me. It tells you everything you're getting upfront. You know she's a drag queen. You know she kicks ass."

Bob then got comedian Matteo Lane involved to do the illustrations and the account has now started to soar.

The Instagram account now boasts over 32,000 followers with only 6 posts out so far.

Part of it may be the witty humor and the close comparisons to RuPaul’s Drag Race.

For instance, Kim Chi, one of Bob’s former fellow competitors, is in the comic as supervillian Slim Chi, who uses the power of shade to thwart Bob’s heroic plans.

Then, there’s RuPaul who cameo’s as Rude Paul and even says the line, "If you can't pull off a heist for yourself, how in the hell are you gonna pull off a heist for somebody else?" 

So far, there are only two episodes of the comic out, but with more fan support (and follows) there will surely be more to come.


Episode 1: Kickass Drag Queen, written by @bobthedragqueen and illustrated by @Matteolane #kickassdragqueen

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h/t: Vice