A Year In Review With Designer Andrew Christian: 2016 Edition

Author: 
Troy Maillis
Curator: 
Mark's List
If you don’t wear one of Andrew Christian’s sexy designs, chances are you’ve hooked up with or fantasized about someone who does! Mark’s List recently caught up with the man himself, Andrew Christian, to dish on everything 2016, including his favorite Trophy Boy, his top pick for sexiest AC video and who he wanted to bitch slap this year.

In addition to the amazing designs, the Andrew Christian brand is so well-known for its delicious models. Who were some of the most popular models of 2016?

Arad is one of our most popular models. In addition to be very good looking with an amazing body, he has a charming and endearing personality. He embodies what a Trophy Boy should be as a brand ambassador for Andrew Christian.  Arad was born in Iran and wanted to be free and escape persecution to live his life freely as a gay man so he decided to escape Iran by walking across a desert for three days into Turkey and eventually immigrated to the USA and resettled to Houston, Texas with about $60 in his pocket.  He is quite an admirable person and it should remind all of us that we can't take our civil liberties for granted.  He was one of my inspirations for writing my new book: SEX = POWER = FREEDOM.
 
 

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Who is the hottest new model to watch for in 2017?

We just had our 2016 model contest and we have four finalist, so these would be the guys to watch. The finalists are Corey Hayes from Chicago, IL; Nick Mascardo from Pensacola, FL; Lucas Barge from Fargo, ND and James Gao from San Francisco, CA. They are so diverse and bring something different to the table. I will be flying them to Los Angeles in January 2017 to how well they can perform under pressure, how they mesh with our existing models, and how well they can perform as not only a brand ambassador for Andrew Christian but also for the LGBT community.

What has been your favorite AC video and what will the Trophy Boys be doing next?

My favorite AC video is “Black & White.” I love this video because I was able to create a video that was purely artistic, the visuals of the video are just enchanting. The next video is currently TOP SECRET, but we will be filming with the model search finalist, so get excited.

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When will we be seeing an Andrew Christian-themed reality show? America’s Next Andrew Christian Model, perhaps? I can help you judge.

There is something in the works, but I’m not allowed to talk about it at this point. Just watch and see.

The Fan Pix section of AndrewChristian.com is almost too hot to handle!  Have you chosen any new models from those photos?

Yes, we just did with our model contest. It was a great chance for the fans to try out to become a real Andrew Christian model.

With the New Year right around the corner let’s take a look back at 2016. What’s the best thing that happened to you in 2016?

The best thing for me was the development of my new coffee table/ art book “Sex, Power, Freedom.” This has been something I have wanted to do for quite some time. The book has a holographic silver cover, 200 pages of black and white photos of my exclusive Trophy Boy models. The book is not just about sexy models though; I talk about how sex relates to political freedom. I also speak to the rights that the LGBT community has gained in the recent past and how we have to continue to assert ourselves so that these rights are not taken away.

What did you hate most about 2016?

I thought the election was an embarrassment for the USA and, hopefully, not representative of the spirit of our nation or what it will become in the future.

Who did you want to bitch slap in 2016?

James Comey and Vladimir Putin, whom I believed interfered in our democratic election process. 
 

Ok, now that 2016 is so over, what are some of the new trends or collections we will be seeing in 2017?  Do you think thongs will ever make a comeback?

Actually, now that you speak of it, thongs are making a comeback. Briefs continue to be popular, though. We also see the resurgence of the sleeveless muscle tank that was popular in the 90's and sports leggings which are appropriate for the gym.

I read that you love doing promotional events to promote the brand?  Are you ready to come to Miami?

I am so ready to come to Miami. I will be coming sometime in the spring to promote my new book “Sex, Power, Freedom”. I will be touring across the USA with my models doing book signing of the new book. You can check andrewchristian.com/blog to see the tour dates when they are released in February.

Does Andrew Christian have any other surprises planned for us in the New Year?

The most exciting thing for me is my new book “Sex, Power, freedom” being released in February, and the book signing tour that will go along with it. The tour will continue through the spring and summer in the US and around the world.  But I am also planning on launching three new lines of clothing next year. I want Andrew Christian to have a line specifically designed for each type of guy.

And of course, what is your New Year’s resolution? If resolutions aren’t your thing, what’s your advice for 2017?

My New Year’s resolution is to take more time out of my busy schedule to spend with friends and family. Time is the only thing you cannot buy more of in this world.
 

Tell us what you want to see from Andrew Christian in 2017!

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