Monday, October 22, 2007

Valentino Magazine -- The Twink Edition (Volume 2 Issue 9)

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Andro Morgan and JV Roxas

Seems my favorite magazine can never go wrong, even though it seems to be running out of fresh concepts. Fine, put coverboy JV Roxas and Marco Gonzales in corny T-shirts, but it's frustrating to not see more of their bodies; I don't care if the boys are a little flabby because that's kind of appealing too. Most of the models in this issue are the youthful winners of the Search For Mr. Valentino 2007 contest, though by now are not exactly new faces anymore. I wish they'd been more imaginative and daring in their poses to compensate.

Speaking of the contest, there's a recap here that makes me drool for more photos or videos of the event. I'm definitely buying whatever is released. Hint, hint.

The centerfold is a nice addition. I'm hungry to see more of the guys' goods though. I wonder why Valentino can't push towards a more all-out direction, instead of settling on a safe, stale plateau. And whatever happened to Coverboy Magazine? Didn't it used to be the "twink" sister of Valentino? I hope it didn't die yet. This twink edition hardly replaces.

GRADE: B

Related Link:
Snapshots of Search For Mr. Valentino

3 comments:

Reyville of Simply Manila said...

Shiny metallic undies... Liked it!

JOSH said...

i already have a copy of this and yes, moreno star was not daring enough, i think. But this ish is worth to gather dust in my collection, hehehe, and d pages flip when bored... :)

Anonymous said...

I used to be a staff of the Valentino Mag under the first editor, I really miss the photoshoot, voyeur's delight galore.

Inside scoop, the staff accepted a girl-featured mag,(despite protests) under the same company but a girl's public hair kinda slipped. It was approved twice by the CEO,(ex-CEO a month after) and the rank and file got in trouble when the president saw the mag. Whatever happened to "command responsibility?" The editor and some staff resigned. Two editions after, I guess the magazine died.