THE PROUD AND SHAMELESS JOURNEY

We are living in a world of milliseconds.  With a simple tap on a phone screen, we can capture a moment in our lives and share it with the masses. For one individual it can reach over 173.000 people.  Meet Christian, aka @Shamelesscub as he is known on Instagram.  Thumb scrolling down through 701 posts and counting, the real question is, what do we really know about this man behind the pristine smile and nearly nude photos.  Well, he got the chance and here’s what we learned.

 

Christian’s journey hasn’t always been easy. Born in Columbia, he was raised by a single mom whom he considers to be his most important inspiration.  Often looking to his mom for having the strength to stand up to judgment from others for having him and his sister at such a young age.  His mom taught him the valuable lesson of being strong and honest with himself and others.  If you ever have used any social apps, then you know the value of inner strength when you put yourself out there.

Having to shrug off being bullied as a young boy for having a small frame, Xristian found an outlet through fitness.  Starting in high school running track and field, he discovered his passion for staying fit.  Upon arriving in the U.S. at the age of 17, Christian would do his workouts in his backyard.  He recalls doing simple things like push-ups and using water buckets as weights.  As he started to witness the results, he was able to use this as motivation to pursue a heavily fitness centered lifestyle and has turned him into the man he is today.

 

Although much has changed for Christian during his teenage years, he still values the simple things in life.  When asked about the perfect Sunday, Christian responded with; a good nights’ sleep, a productive workout, some sushi for brunch, a movie, some shopping, and spending time with his friends and family.  He also loves doing something many of us love as well, which is napping.

Asking Christian to reflect on his Instagram following, he recognizes people like seeing the sexy photos, however, it’s the sweet type of pictures that bring out the best in people. He loves the ability to interact with so many different people from all over the world. This goes to show that it’s one thing to share a photo, and it’s another to connect and the connection is what uplifts him.

 

Find him on Instagram @shamelesscub

Hello Summer

Summer is the time of the year where we can relax poolside and soak into the sun. We released Marquis’s black and white series awhile ago, since it’s summer, it’s time to bring him into color.

Marquis Cunningham wearing M-ICON underwear pool side.

Marquis Cunningham wearing M-ICON underwear pool side.

You Think You Can Dance…Um YES!

‘Be Your Own ICON’ is a motto we live by.  A saying that encourages even ourselves to push our standards.  As writers here, we love to find men that are pursuing their own dreams to become men they admire.  Launching our first feature is Marquis Cunningham, a progressional dancer that continues to push his fitness and technique to reach a higher altitude.  After appearing on ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ he shares a glimpse of his life now and his continued passion for performance.  Photographer Deney Tuazon spent some time with Marquis and here is what he captured.

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