Maybe he didn’t “break the internet,” but I definitely think Milan Christopher got Kim Kardashian beat. The rapper and former Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood star just bared it all in an extremely NSFW photospread for Paper magazine.
Milan paired with photographer Matthias Vriens to create an artistic nude photoshoot, which left absolutely nothing to the imagination. The photos were accompanied by an interview with Paper and was released Wednesday (Jun. 21).
If these piqued your interest, the uncensored shots can be found on the Paper magazine website.
Many were impressed by Milan’s “body of work,” while some were simply not prepared.
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— GET WELL SOON ROMAN (@madamreese) June 21, 2017
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— bonbons & all dat good stuff (@theejaywalk) June 21, 2017
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— Armand (@ArmandfrmPhilly) June 21, 2017
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Milan told Paper he agreed to pose nude because he wanted show the world that it’s OK to celebrate the male body in the same way society appreciates the female form.
“Well, I just feel like in our culture it’s so taboo for a guy to show their bodies but it’s ok for a woman to do it. I just kinda want to break that. I think I have a nice body and I think it’s art and I just think that it should be celebrated like they celebrate women’s bodies. So, you know, I could be a guy and be gay and be black and be artistic and be artistic in a nude fashion shoot in the same way that anybody else could.”
He also compared his moment to Kim Kardashian’s infamous 2014 Paper cover and when 70’s leading man, Burt Reynolds, broke traditional norms and posed nude for Cosmopolitan.
“And so I want that. I want that “break the internet” moment. I want people to look at this and be like, ‘Oh, wow, it’s ok.’ This guy is a musician, he’s on TV. He’s doing this, he’s doing that but it’s ok.”
Appearing on season 2 of Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood (along with his ex-boyfriend), the musician became the first openly gay male to star in the Love & Hip Hop franchise. Though his casting caused some backlash, Milan says he received lots of positive support. However, he also says the hip hop community continues to be homophobic.
“It’s super homophobic… Even with the producers and the directors and just everything. I mean, I was on Love and Hip Hop, I had my own Out in Hip Hop television show, I was on the cover of the New York Times, the cover of LA Times twice, on Wendy Williams, Ellen, you know, everywhere.
And you know the Hip Hop Awards, the BET awards didn’t even invite me to do anything. It’s like, this is the first time this has ever happened in the history of hip hop music and you didn’t make a place for me because I’m gay? I felt very disrespected by that.”
Nonetheless, as a black gay male, Milan is proud of his identity. He feels a responsibility to represent his communities and also wants to be a role model for others.
“I think it’s not that many gay guys who are African American who are out and who are comfortable? Right now, I can probably name about 5. And it’s millions, you know what I mean? I do think that I have a huge [responsibility for] representation of the community and I do think that I’m doing pretty well…”
“I do think, in a sense, yes, I am a role model. But I also think that at the same time… I’m nervous. But this takes a very strong person to go face forward and make it happen and make people accept it.”
If this was your first introduction to Milan Christopher (and you were able to get past the full frontal pics to actually you read the article), you may believe he posed for such a provocative spread to make an important statement. And maybe he did.
However, not to dismiss his intentions, as someone who watched him on LHHH and occasionally catches his social media posts, I can’t help but wonder if Milan just wanted the attention.
He definitely has an “all eyes on me” personality and is basically a walking Gucci/Versace/Louis Vuitton billboard. I don’t think he was lying when he said he wanted a “break the internet” moment.
Hopefully, I’m wrong though. Because as a gay black man in the hip hop industry, Milan does have a specific platform and has the ability to make a difference, even if it’s a small ripple in a large lake.