In the ultimate battle of the gods, models and social media stars Johnnell Terrell and Tyrone Wells take on one another in the latest underwear campaign for Adonis by Kyhry.
Photographed by Elvis Piedra, Terrell and Wells can be seen wearing some of the hottest and most popular styles available on adonisunderwear.com, including the X Black Jockstrap and Perfect Fit Purple Jockstrap.
One of the most important aspects of the campaign is the story of both Terrell and Wells. Not only are they both members of the LGBTQ+ community, but they are also in a relationship together. Adonis founder Kyhry Taylor said: “I choose them to be models for this campaign because I wanted to show two guys that are comfortable with embracing each other.”
“They’re also very popular amongst the gay community but they’ve never done a professional editorial photo shoot for any brand before. I wanted to be the first brand to hire them because I saw their potential.”
Taylor added that “this campaign is important because it shows that it’s okay for two gay guys to be comfortable in their own skin…Sadly, our community still deals with a lot of homophobia so it’s important to show a positive representation of gay men and gay love”.
Both Tyrone Wells and Johnell Terrell have recently appeared on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, while Johnnell Terrell has previously worked with celebrity photographers Mark Henderson and Noire 3000. They have both hosted a number of Pride events across the country, including Blatino Oasis, Miami Sizzle, and DC Black Pride. The couple has a combined social following of over 360k on Instagram.
Johnnell Terrell Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/johnnell_/
Tyrone Wells Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tyronewells/
Johnell Terrell said of the photo shoot: “We wanted to do this campaign because we believe in the product and vision behind it. Being able to be a part of this has been an amazing experience.
“I feel there are not enough black men who are able to express their art in the underwear industry as white men are usually given the majority of opportunities. I feel, as gay black men, we can really push limits on the freedom of expressing that art while using a platform to be recognized for. We believe in this new wave of social media, it creates more outlets of diversity.”
On working alongside his partner Tyrone Wells, Terrell added, “It’s always great working alongside my partner and doing the photo shoot together has opened our minds to be able to work creatively and feed off each other’s energy.”
Adonis by Kyhry was founded in 2015 by Kyhry Taylor.
Elvis Piedra is a photographer from Atlanta. His work has been featured in a number of publications, including The Oprah Magazine.