Stereotypes of male beauty abound in gay porn. Of course, there's the hairy leather daddy and the smooth nubile twink. But what about the ginger!? Redheaded gay porn stars are few and far between. Sure, Blu Kennedy and Tim Kruger have made a splash in recent years. And currently, Seth Fornea models for COLT Studio Group (although he has yet to give up his on-screen cherry).
Photographer Thomas Knights felt the need to offer a more realistic view of sexy ginger guys. After feeling inadequate himself as a child for his red locks, the British fashion photographer and music video director decided to shoot some pictures portraying redheads in a more "positive and heroic" light. Three years later, following successful exhibitions in London and New York, the results have been turned into a new coffee table book, Red Hot 100, for German publisher Bruno Gmünder.
"Guys with red hair don't have the positive role models that girls do in our culture," Knights writes. "A male with red hair is not seen as aspirational, culturally speaking, with very few leading men, heroes, action stars or heartthrobs played by men with red hair in Hollywood or on our TV screens."
In a recent interview with the BBC, Knights names Homeland star Damian Lewis as the only redheaded leading man. Perhaps that's why he hopes to bring his "Red Hot" exhibition to Los Angeles. (Seth Fornea turned up for the opening party in NYC and is featured in the book and trailer below.) Thomas feels that this might help Hollywood reconsider its casting choices and embrace more fiery-haired male leads.
In light of his experiences as a boy, it's not surprising that Knights has tied his work to anti-bullying causes. Last year, a "Red Hot" calendar benefited these charities, and a 2015 calendar will do the same. Knights has said that his vision is to "rebrand the ginger male stereotype." After one look at the photos in the book and show, we can only say: Mission accomplished! Now maybe gay porn will catch on too. For more info, visit RedHot100.com.