Photographer hopes to end sexual racism with stunning new photo book celebrating Asian men

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Fashion photographer West Phillips has traveled the world photographing gorgeous musclebound men for many top underwear campaigns.

But while he was always grateful for the work and to be doing a job that he loved, one thing often bothered him.

“I realized how much was lacking in Western media when you’re looking at photos and advertisements and other photographers I was following on social media,” Phillips tells PinkPlanet.

Particularly, he noticed a lack of Asian representation in the male modeling industry. So decided to do something about it!

Phillips turned his camera lens towards the Asian male form for a project that eventually became Asian Male Portraits, a stunning new coffee table book dedicated to celebrating Asian male beauty and changing perceptions and attitudes toward gay Asian men.

“I think the mass media in the West don’t find [Asian men] to be appealing, they don’t find them to be sexual,” Phillips says, “and that’s something that I didn’t understand.”

Asked whether he thinks his project is having an impact on how gay men, in particular, view Asian men, Phillips replies, “I hope it is. I can’t say for sure, but I certainly hope it is.”

Hear Phillips talk about the project in the video below.

And now, scroll down for more images from Asian Male Portraits…

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See more of Jensen in @asianmaleportraits the global edition BOOK!?30% off + FREE shipping code: HOLIDAYAMP? ??asianmaleportraits.org

A post shared by West Phillips (@asianmaleportraits) on Jan 22, 2019 at 8:23pm PST

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Look who I ran into yesterday in Morocco! @mikkohchen and I caught up over lunch and he signed my personal copy of my book @asianmaleportraits ! Order yours here: asianmaleportraits.org

A post shared by West Phillips (@asianmaleportraits) on May 22, 2019 at 9:18am PDT

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Hear ye, hear ye! ? @asianmaleportraits the BOOK is now available! Visit: asianmaleportraits.org?

A post shared by West Phillips (@asianmaleportraits) on Jul 8, 2018 at 7:08am PDT

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#summer ?See more of Jensen in the @asianmaleportraits global edition of my book!?30% off + FREE shipping code: HOLIDAYAMP asianmaleportraits.org

A post shared by West Phillips (@asianmaleportraits) on Dec 18, 2018 at 7:12am PST

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See MORE of @arthurchia in AMP vol. 2?Get FREE shipping on all books and calendars! ?asianmaleportraits.org? use code: GOWESTAMP ??asianmaleportraits.org

A post shared by West Phillips (@asianmaleportraits) on Jan 4, 2019 at 5:39am PST

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Sean in China received his copy of AMP vol. 2, which he’s featured in! All books & calendars are now 50% OFF! Shipping is available worldwide. Visit: asianmaleportraits.org??

A post shared by West Phillips (@asianmaleportraits) on Apr 16, 2019 at 6:14am PDT

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@dannysaurusrawr got his copy! Did you? ?asianmaleportraits.org? Calendars & BOOKS! FREE shipping worldwide. use code: GOWESTAMP to take advantage while it lasts! ??asianmaleportraits.org

A post shared by West Phillips (@asianmaleportraits) on Dec 6, 2018 at 6:18am PST

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A few months ago I got to catch up with my old friend Peter Le in Los Angeles! Peter and MANY others are featured in the book!??? Calendars & BOOKS with FREE shipping worldwide. use code: GOWESTAMP to take advantage while it lasts! ??asianmaleportraits.org

A post shared by West Phillips (@asianmaleportraits) on Dec 10, 2018 at 5:29am PST

Related: Least Desirable? Gay Asian men talk sexual racism and the impact it has on everyone

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