Anthony Ramos Finds His Freedom In Charming CK Spot

Anthony Ramos in Calvin Klein campaign
Anthony Ramos in Calvin Klein campaign
Anthony Ramos (screen captures via Calvin Klein)

Uber-charming Anthony Ramos wowed movie audiences over the weekend with his starring role in the film adaptation of the 2008 Broadway musical, In The Heights.

Praising the 29-year-old’s work in the new film, the New York Times gushed, “Ramos’s charisma is perfectly suited to the role. His modesty is as winning and genuine as his bravado, and he’s a strong theatrical singer as well as a subtle film actor.”

The Times adds that he’s not only “the one who keeps the party going” but “the reason it’s happening at all.”

That charisma definitely landed for me so I went in search of more Ramos.

In addition to In The Heights, the actor also debuted last month in the 4th season of HBO’s riveting series, “In Treatment.”

But this spot for Calvin Klein, which dropped back in March, really got my attention.

Ok, yes – Ramos is only wearing the classic CK underwear in the clip, but that’s not the whole picture here.

The video is part of a campaign that features avant-garde talent exploring the questions we ask ourselves, with Calvin Klein as their blank canvas.

As he remembers growing up as part of the ‘high fliers club’ (where members had to jump off of something high or slide down something dangerous), the video quick cuts to Ramos reaching, swinging and hanging from a rope.

“And all of a sudden, it’s like, this freedom. We gotta get back to that. We gotta get back to play.”

Not only is his effervescent joy infectious but his body language is another buoyant layer of childhood happiness.

Check out more from the CK campaign below and don’t miss Ramos and company in In The Heights – now in theaters and streaming on HBO Max.

Plus, the non-stop artist drops his latest album, LOVE AND LIES, on June 25.

Happy Monday!

News Round-Up: February 19, 2021

New scintillating ad from DSquared2
New scintillating ad from DSquared2
(screen capture via DSquared2)

Some news items you might have missed:

Instinct Magazine: The acclaimed indie film, Ma Belle, My Beauty, a queer polyamorous love story that was embraced by critics when it debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, has scored a distribution deal.

AP News: A federal judge has dismissed a discrimination lawsuit by a transgender fire chief due to a technical flaw with the initial complaint she filed with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Rachel Mosby led a rural Georgia city’s fire department for more than a decade, then got fired 18 months after first coming to work as a woman.

DSquared2: Model Malik Delgaty (top image) puts on a private show in this provocative one minute spot for the brand’s Stripped2 underwear line. “What happens in the Secret Room will remain at the Secret Room.”

BosGuy: It’s ‘Furry Friday’ at the Boston-based LGBTQ blog and this week’s hottie ticks the “fur” and “ginger” boxes 🙂

HuffPost: Six Capitol Police officers have been suspended with pay and 29 others are under investigation for their alleged roles in the riot last month. According to Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), one of the suspended officers took a selfie with a person who was part of the mob that overtook the Capitol. Another wore a “Make America Great Again” hat and appeared to direct rioters around the building.

New York Post: Wait – Sen. Ted Cruz’s Mexico vacation blunder gets even worse. After telling reporters his home, like many Texans, had lost water and heat – he apparently left the family poodle Snowflake behind in the cold.

News Round-Up: November 20, 2019

Some news items you might have missed:

• Instinct: A real-life gay couple (above) kissing in an Australian underwear ad got a lot of attention. Some called it “beautiful,” but others said the ad was “offensive.”

• Washington Blade: The number of hate crime incidents targeting gays, lesbians, and bisexuals in the United States in 2018 increased by nearly 6 percent over the previous year and the number of anti-transgender hate crime incidents increased by 41 percent during that same period, according to the FBI’s newly released annual Hate Crime Statistics Report.

Newsweek: Donald Trump regularly struggles to “remember what he’s said or been told,” an anonymous senior government official writes in the newly-released book, A Warning.

The Sun: A United Airlines passenger refused to sit next to 16-year-old Taylor Richardson on a plane “because she was black.”

NBC News: Preparing to enroll their two-year-old in pre-school, two gay dads were asked: “Who is the mother?”

Rolling Stone: Michelle Obama, Lizzo and Lil Nas X all scored Grammy Award nominations today.

Gaily Grind: Acrobatic dancers Guillaume Paquin and Arthur Morel Van Hyfte received a standing ovation after performing a dance routine meant to combat homophobia on La France a Un Incroyable Talent (France’s Got Incredible Talent) last night.

The dance routine is part of the CircusQueer project, which is described on social media as “a series of performance videos to address social issues and hopefully inspire a kinder world” and meant to address “gender identity, trans youth, and the conditioning of gender expectations.”

Moonlight Stars Take It Off For New Calvin Klein Ad Campaign

Trevante Rhodes

The male stars of newly-minted Academy Award-winning “Best Picture” Moonlight are taking part in a new ad campaign for Calvin Klein underwear.

Check out “Best Supporting Actor” winner Mahershala Ali (below) who’s celebrating not only his big win last night but the birth of his daughter.

And Trevante Rhodes (above) has a full schedule with two big action films on his plate: Horse Soldiers and a reboot of Predator.

Younger cast members Alex Hibbert and Ashton Sanders also take part in the campaign.

Mahershala Ali

A Lovely (Underwear) Party

Lony Pizarro

Boy Culture‘s Matt Rettenmund recently attended the official NYFW Chulo Underwear Party, and has the pics to prove it.

About Chulo Underwear:

“CHULO is a new a line of clothing and gear that is culturally-relevant to today’s marginalized youth of color. Our mission as a company is to inspire young people to invest in a brand that invests in them. Each time a young person buys the brand, s/he is having a direct and immediate impact on his/her own community because proceeds are reinvested back into a local CBO, scholarship program or charity that services these very same youth.

“To do this, CHULO partners with local community centers to identify, educate, train and ultimately hire young people to be part of the CHULO design team as artists, designers, writers, promoters, vendors and/or promotional spokespersons.

“The CHULO brand is now one-year old. We have partnered with the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD), Uprose Brooklyn, and Tropical Images’ GKOTS (Get Kids Off The Street Program. We have also donated to several other programs including El Museo del Barrio, the American Indian College Fund, the National Puerto Rican Day Parade Scholars Program, the Loisaida Center, El Maestro Boxing Club and Cultural Center, the LGBT Arts Program of the Church of St. Luke in the Fields, the Caribbean Cultural Center, and the GED Program at Taino Towers.”

Venezuela-born Lony Pizarro (above) was just one of the underwear models who chatted for charity.

Head over to Boy Culture for many, many more pics from the evening.

Underwear can certainly be sexy and fun, but it can also represent issues in our lives sometimes. In another post, I wrote about a gay ex-Mormon man who made the decision to lose his ‘magic underwear.’

News Round-Up: April 15, 2016

Some news stories you may have missed:

• Pharmacist, model and underwear designer Todd Sanfield talks on (and models) his new collection

• Hillary Clinton to meet with HIV/AIDS activists on May 13th

• The mayor of Washington, D.C. calls for a vote to grant statehood to the nation’s capital

• Cirque du Soleil joins the list of cancelled performances in North Carolina cities over anti-LGBT law HB2

• The NBA says that while North Carolina’s HB2 is “problematic,” they won’t be moving next year’s scheduled All-Star game because that would be “grandstanding.”

• Sen. Ted Cruz attacks Donald Trump for former praise of New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio