Photo: Tada Varich

Fresh off the back of two sell-out issues, I’ve come to the realisation that Singaporean readers are really going boy-crazy. That old-school practice of buying magazines featuring your favourite star is back with a vengeance. For the past two months, we couldn’t keep the shelves stocked quickly enough, with ardent fans ripping out our spreads of Apo, Bible and Build. I haven’t seen this kind of fever since the early ’90s when fans awaited their pop idols to grace the covers of music magazines like Smash Hits. It’s refreshing to see the return of such fervour, so I thought: Why not devote one entire issue to all the fans’ favourite boys? In this bumper issue, we have brought together the hottest Thai actors of the moment, Win (with a triple cover exclusive no less), Apo, Mile, Jeff Satur and Bible, who coincidentally, have all starred in the boys’ love drama genre that’s gained massive international interest. Female audiences have been caught in the celluloid clutches of these dashing actors as they play out romantic intrigue with an all-male cast. So perhaps there is some truth that women tend to be more progressive, as they are able to accept and embrace the notion that love is love, regardless of gender, culture, sexuality and bias.

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On the fashion front, womenswear designers have also extended their prowess to menswear. Associate Fashion Director, Jeffrey Yan, dissects why Peter Do, Simone Rocha, and Nicola Bragnano for Blumarine, have been setting the men’s runways on fire with their standout collections, formerly reserved for the fairer sex. Their bold, directional collections have added new dimensions to the discourse on men’s fashion and gender fluidity. Read all about it on page 76. I’ve always loved breaking gender rules myself—a huge section of my wardrobe is borrowed from the women’s department. Their jeans fit better, especially if you want to get high-waisted boot-cut denim that’s skintight on the bum and thighs. Some of the best are from the women’s department in Gap Japan and Denimsmith in Melbourne. Women’s t-shirts are cut more snugly, and fit the contours of my body and arms better. So while women are out stealing from their boyfriends’ or husbands’ wardrobes, I’ve been merrily scouting the women’s section of high street stores and finding what works best for me. I also love women’s makeup more than men’s: the range is far wider, the formulations more sheer, and there is an array of tones to suit every skin type. I enjoy wearing makeup and have done so for decades. Makeup is also becoming genderless—many K-pop and Thai male stars, who are celebrated for their style, are unabashed about wearing makeup. 

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Perhaps taking the cue from this issue’s gathering of handsome, successful young celebrities, more local lads should start embracing the softer side of fashion. Maybe break the traditional men’s dressing codes with skirts, kilts, white shirtdresses, and a heel or two. There’s nothing sexier than a confident man who embraces all sides of fashion. Non-binary dressing has never looked or felt more chic. Now, pass me the mascara, will you? 

—Kenneth Goh, Editor-in-Chief 

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Photographed by Tada Varich
Styled by Windy Aulia
Fashion: Prada
Makeup: Phornpichid Khumnguen
Hair: Akkarapong Punkaew
Producer: Duangporn Leelaampaikul
Production assistant: Matharipoln Monthanatunrat
Digital technician: Porapak Sirijaisomboon
Photographer’s assistant: Sopon Chaisen
Assistant stylist: Phi Ritwiwat
Stylist’s assistant: Patipan Limsuwash