The Evolution of Badi

11 07 2016

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Here are some of the covers of Japan’s iconic gay magazine, Badi, through the decades. They range from the early issues sporting orange-skinned drawn models in pointedly exotic settings to the more streamlined line illustrations of the nineties and turn of the century (which I remember first hand!) Pointedly though, both imply that the editors couldn’t find live human models willing to front a gay mag.

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Then in the new century, humans appear, leading up to the newly glamorous high-fashion shots of top J-photographer Leslie Kee in recent years.

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And my personal favourite cover, the “sexy fishmonger”:





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