NOTHING COMES FOR NOTHING. IT EVEN SEEMS THAT THESE DAYS NOT EVEN THE SUN RISES FRO FREE ANYMORE. IF YOU WANT SOMETHING, A CHANGE OR A DREAM COME TRUE, IF YOU WANT THAT REALLY BADLY, YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND IT DOESN’T JUST HAPPEN. YOU NEED TO PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE, WORK TO OBTAIN THE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES YOU SET FOR YOURSELF. YOU NEED TO KNOCK ON A LOT OF DOORS. AND FINALLY YOU NEED A BREAK.
The Sin of Pride is said by some to be the foremost of the Seven Deadly Sins. Saint Augustine said that it was pride that changed angels into devils and is humility that makes men as angels. But Saint Augustine lived about 1600 years ago and something tells me he had at that time no ambitions to start a career in acting and fitness modelling. Nor did he ever start a website with the objective to open the world to those who find more obstacles on their way than others. Now if you have goals like that set for yourself, and you succeed in achieving them, today in the 21st century, does it really hurt to feel a bit of pride in what you’ve done? No, I didn’t think so either.
Vlad Khanis never had it easy growing up as a rather heavy kid. But Vlad decided to take fate in his own hands and made a change for himself. Finding inspiration in fitness athletes, Vlad worked on his own physique until he found that now he himself is a source of inspiration for others. This is how you can change your life. By hard work, by dedication and by believing in yourself. Vlad had a dream and his dream was to become a fitness model and an actor. And so, even with that painful childhood memory fresh in his mind, when he felt the time was ripe he knocked on the door of Crew Models International’s Lamont Pinckney. The right door it seemed as it opened new opportunities for the Brooklyn native from Brazilian and Ukraine origin. Lamont on his turn knocked on a few doors and one of them happened to be ours.
After 10 years of writing and publishing, working with models, photographers and agents and with the objective to make male physique photography more accessible we are happy with every accomplishment we might achieve. Do I dare to say proud? Yes I do. It was May 2015 when we received the first submission from Vlad Khanis and guess what, that submission was the key that opened several doors for Vlad and put him on the right track to achieve his goals. Since last year Vlad has had 6 international publications and a kick start in his acting career. He has appeared in shows like Law and Order, Mr. Robot, Gotham and Daredevil. He has done stunt work for John Wick 2 with Keanu Reeves, and is currently working on the feature film Bound by Debt. Vlad has every reason to be proud of what he has accomplished. He also told us he is extremely thankful to BeautifulMag for putting me on the map, and that makes us a little bit proud as well.
The photographer Vlad Khanis worked with for this submission is an internationally published fashion photographer along with everything else his vast experience brings to his resume. Ross Den. born in Ukraine and moved to the USA at the age of 14. He holds a Master from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Protection management but eventually choose photography as a career path. That was 10 years ago and since then he has made quiet a name for himself. Ross is recipient of 36 UNDER 36 award, Raje young leadership award, Cojeco young leadership award and Citation from the NY State Assembly. He served in the military and participated in countless counter-terrorism missions in the Middle East. Currently Ross is on the young leadership board with a number of charity organizations with community building focus as well as leading the Russian Division at Brownstone. His photo work has been on exhibition at the National Arts club (NYC ) 2015 and 2016 as well as Lincoln Center in 2009. Like Vlad, Ross Den is a hard worker who, due to his efforts, has obtained a lot. So he too can be proud of that. So id pride really such a sin? No. Not if it is well deserved. –BM-
Vlad Khanis is represented by Crew Models International.
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