24 HOURS WITH TOMI LAPPI - EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

The Finnish dancer, choreographer and model Tomi Lappi speaks exclusively on REY Magazine about all you would love to know about him and his work.

Tomi travels mainly around Europe for his work but has been based in Spain since 2017, even though we know him from huge productions like the Kinky Boots, Lio Smeralda and from his work with the Finnish superstar Saara Alto.

During his latest visit in Cyprus, we had the opportunity to work and spend 24 hours with the super talented Tomi Lappi.

Describe to us your 24 hours of a normal day of work in Spain.

Honestly the concept of a 'normal day' has never really existed in my life. We're in mid September now and since late June I think I can count my days off with my fingers but in exchange going back to Madrid now I'm first looking at some well deserved down time. Some days are working ridiculous hours and some are easier but it's how the industry works and honestly I wouldn't have it any other way.

Where can we actually watch your show live?

I went straight from Kinky to Lio Costa Smeralda from where I travelled straight to Austria so for the moment the plan is to stay off stage for a short while, but I've said this before and something exciting has come up and well, there I go again. But for now the plans are open and in negotiation until late 2020.

Have you done the choreography of the show as well ?

Lately I've been doing choreography work and dancer work separately, and the plan is to first establish myself as a dancer in Spain and then maybe look into choreography if the opportunity presents itself - moving from a country to another sometimes resembles starting from scratch but I've felt very welcome and appreciated in Spain so far so I'm excited to finally settle down there without having to rush away for contracts abroad.

We know that you have performed as a lady "drag queen" during your previous show. How dificult was for you to get ready for the role and perfom on stage?

Well performing in a musical in general was a completely new challenge for me and came with a lot of challenges and opportunities for both personal and professional growth. The rehearsal period was a lot about making friends with my own demons and insecurities about what other people might think but in the end it's a conversation you have with yourself about your self-worth and how you perceive yourself as a person. I don't want to sound like a cliche because finding security and peace within yourself in the masculine, feminine, the external and the internal is a tough and draining process of work but it's definitely worth the while. I loved the process from the beginning to the end and being able to perform as an angel in a musical that great definitely changed me for the better in a way the other productions haven't so far.

Where do you find inspiration for your work?

I find it impossible to rationalise where my inspiration comes from because I honestly have no idea - I get a lot from music, the people that I work with and their energies and I'm, a very visual and estethic person. My best inspiration comes from somewhere outside of myself and most of the time I feel like I'm a instrument translating something from a collective source into something that people can feel and perceive. Whether you call that outside (or inside) source the universe, god, the collective subconscious or whatever has very little importance.

After posting our first editorial with you, we received tones of messages about you and your sexy body. REY readers definetely LOVE Tomi Lappi! How often do you work out? Are you following a specific program or diet?

I workout 5 days a week with the Jonathan Sevillano and all my results are practically thanks to him, he's a great guy and in my down months it's the perfect way to bring some structure and stability into my life. I don't follow specific diets, I try to eat intuitively and when I'm hungry and listen to my body as much as possible, if somethings doesn't feel right, it probably isn't right. I sustain a diet of food that feels good and is nourishing all year round and I feel following diets is a losing game because of the amount of contradictory information out there. When I'm touring and travelling I do my best to maintain but with a lot fo compassion to my body - If I can't get out of bed in the morning, you won't see me at the gym either.

Your favourite pop star:

I think that'd be a tie between Dua Lipa and Justin Bieber.

You have travelled to a lot of countries for work or holidays. Your favourite destination?

I rarely travel for holidays, my ideal vacation is not travelling anywhere and just staying in my routine and stability, I get enough travel for work. I don't have a favourite, wherever I get a glimpse of the local culture makes me feel like I've learned and experienced and grown more but I feel also like it's impossible to travel without expanding and growing a little.

Relationship status:

I'm single.

What's your opinion on the dating apps? Do you think people can still flirt in the club or go for a date without the use of them?

Of course. I think in whatever you do in life you should be extremely honest without yourself about the motivation behind your actions. If you use the apps to meet people and have a good time, good on you - but if you find yourself lost on the phone trying to fill a void within yourself or finding external validation your not going to get very far. The same goes for going out though, alcohol, drugs... everything. You can't really make mistakes in life, what works for you works for you and what works for you today might not work for you tomorrow.

Would you be in an open relationship?

Yes - I don't have a preset image of what a relationship should look or be like and I think it's healthy that the norms of a typical monogamous relationship are being shaken down a little. I think every relationship is unique and couldn't possible work by the same book of terms and agreements. Creating your own rules if it's based on love and respect and mutual and individual growth is where the magic is. I could see myself in one, but I could also see myself in a monogamous one, or something in between. Life always knows better.

Have you planned your next journey?

After settling down to Madrid I will go to Ibiza for a few days to see my friends and colleagues and then priority number 1 is going to Finland to see my family to spend some time with them. What happens after... We'll well see 🙂

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LAST DAY AT THE BEACH

Photographer Paris de Ares

starring Emilio Mintzolli

The GentleMan

Photography & Direction Malc Stone

Grooming Cunyet Ozketen

starring Michael Oates @ MOT Models

Naomi Campbell, Bella Hadid, Diplo & others star in the latest #MYCALVINS Campaign

Calvin Klein adds new celebrity names in the underwear campaigns.

Set for Fall 2019, the new #MYCALVINS campaign now sees the likes of Naomi Campbell, Bella Hadid, Odell Beckham Jr., Jacob Elordi, Diplo, and Beth Ditto, to name a few.

Directed byBardia Zeinali , shot by Daniel Jackson.

SteFan

Photographer Will Dube

starring Stefan Thomas

ALLURE

WE LOVE: Victoria Beckham's new t-shirt for Pride

Victoria Beckham has designed a special t-shirt to mark LGBTQ+ Pride.

Showcasing the range on her Instagram account on Wednesday, the designer posted a picture of herself wearing the tee.

The plain white t-shirt is emblazoned with the phrase 'Everyone Deserves Love' in a colourful rainbow font, symbolic of the colours of Pride.

The creation is to mark both Pride - which is celebrated throughout June and July in various cities around the world - and the 50th anniversary of Stonewall uprising which saw LGBTQ+ rights groups fight against prejudice and discrimination from police forces at a gay bar in New York City in June 1969.

Beckham said she created the t-shirt as she wanted to mark both occasions and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and their 'continued message of positive change and inclusivity'.

Florian

Photography & Direction Eva Balasi

starring Florian Bogga @ X-RAY Models

KAZAKY return with new single (and two new members)

Our favourite boy band is back with new single PUSH and we love everything about it!!

On Monday (June 24), in honor of Kyiv Pride in the Ukraine over the weekend, Kazaky premiered a new song and music video , directed by Alan Badoev.

Their new single PUSH marks their official return with two new members. 'PUSH’ has been the band’s first tribute to the LGBTQ+ community, which “has supported and continues to support Kazaky for nine years, and represent a world of acceptance and self-expression, thanks to which the band has managed to become heard and seen.”

It’s also dedicated to “all those who need freedom and courage to be themselves and have their voice” as Arur Gaspar ( KAZAKY’s lead singer) mentioned.

Check out KAZAKY’s comeback single :

Paris Fashion Week Men's: Our favourites for SS 20

Paris Fashion Week Men’s has now ended and here are our favourite shows and designers for spring/summer 2020:

DIOR

Classic and classy with modern aesthetic and the new tailoring on its best.

JW ANDERSON

Elements and styling from the Middle East with a JW Anderson twist.

JACQUEMUS

The French designer celebated the 10th anniversary fo his brand and the show was definitely one of our favourites. The collection was colourful and sexy all the way.

Dries Van Noten

Floral and animal prints with strong army elements and extreme styling.

BALMAIN

Olivier Rousteing is finally back showcasing a refined, colourful collection. We loved the strong tailoring elements.

INCOMPATIBLE

TOMI LAPPI EXCLUSIVE

Photographed by Stavros Christodoulou

Styling Christos Christou

Videography by Johnny Kyriakou

Grooming by THEO

Versace SS20: Neon and Punk influences during Milan Fashion Week.

Neon hairstyles and codes punk influences on styling were the highlights of the Versace spring/summer 2020 show in Milan.

Donatella chose to pay tribute to her friend Keith Flint for that show. From the flowery set with flamboyant prints, to the casting of tops here is all you need to remember:

photography: vogue.com

MSGM: TheSS20 show at Pitti Uomo

MSGM has revealed its 10th anniversary collection in Florence, during Pitti Uomo.

Camp collar shirts in lobster, poppy, or bandana paisley prints were mashed against pants and track jackets in lividly clashing two-tone leopard print. Sebago boat shoes and linen blousons and shorts featured naive graphics and heartfelt scrawled messages of summer love. A collaboration with the painter Norbert Bisky produced an attractive fractured portrait used as prints on shirting, shorts, and perforated nylon vests or in panels on the tailoring.



Diesel Red Tag x GR-Uniforma: a collection for the 90s lovers

After two collaborations with Shayne Oliver and Glenn Martens for the Red Tag Project project, Diesel invites GR-Uniforma, the new label founded by Gosha Rubchinskiy, to revisit its signature DNA. Zoom.

"The Diesel Red Tag Project". This is the name of the initiative led by Diesel , under the leadership of Renzo Rosso , with the aim of creating an interaction between the Italian brand and the various actors of the fashion fauna. The house invited three designers from different horizons to imagine bold clothing and accessories capsules, anchored in Diesel's aesthetic DNA : denim and sportswear. After Shayne Oliver , founder of the American label Hood By Air , infused his world the time of a capsule of ten pieces, and Glenn Martens has revisited the cloakroom DieselWith a flood of ingenious pieces, the GR-Uniforma label , driven by Gosha Rubchinskiy , took the lead. On the program, 50 workwear-inspired models, where denim reigns supreme, all directly inspired by the 90s, themselves influenced by avant-garde Russian culture. For example, artists El Lissitzky and Kazimir Malevich , and director and producer Vsevolod Meyerhold are mentioned as references. The Red Tag x GR-Uniforma Diesel collection is already available at the Diesel pop up store in Berlin. It will take a few weeks for the shopper shop Diesel, on the brand's e-shop and at Dover Street Market.

source: vogue hommes

Boys of Instagram

Your Instagram feed has enough celebrity posts, street style feeds and brunch location pics, but does it have enough interesting, sexy boyz?

We know that they are never enough so we chose some of our favourites for this month and we present you our ‘‘Boys of Instagran’’ MAY list including some hotties from around the world.

FOLLOW Paul Forman

London based NEVS model Paul Forman became one of our favourites after his cover on Attitude Magazine with Little Mix. Follow him to stay up to date on his latest editorials and H-O-T topless posts.

( Discover Paul’s exclusive editorial for REY HERE )


FOLLOW Phoenix

Location: Australia. REY’s moustache crush boy , Phoenix shares daily HOT pics of his projects as underwear model and atmospheric interior stories. “Look I spend too much time at the gym so this is pretty much just half naked photos of me...” mentioned on his Instagram earlier…

FOLLOW IGGY LOPEZ

He is based in UK and he is one of the ‘kids’ behind the Klub Kids parties. “Go on have a little scroll” and discover his instagram world including selfies and pictures from his daily routine and outfits andmoments from the .gym. Don’t forget to check out his HOT pictures which are plenty ;)

FOLLOW Webster Charlotten

Personal Trainer made in Puerto Rico. Webster is our latest “boy crush” on Instagram. Follow him and ‘catch’ his sexy insta-moments or his HOT shots from modelling jobs. Even though we love his B-E-A-UTIFUL selfies.

FOLLOW Andrián

Born in Canada, based in Madrid. Interior Designer and photographer who loves arts - in Andrián’s profile you will find daily fashion looks for your daily outfit inspiration , HOT selfies and some adorable interior spaces.

stay tuned for more…

THE CLOWN

Photographer Josh Brandão

Styling Jody Van Geert

Starring Michel Pinheiro

Grooming Annick Wouters

Assistant Photographer Frederic Lambert

Assistant Stylist Francis Boesmans

CEMENTO ROMANTICO

IN YOUR EYES

Photographed by Jose Espaillat

Styling & Direction Brandon Garr

Grooming by CYLER

Location Blic Studio NYC

Starring Jancarlos Negron @ The Boys NY

BROMANCE