Meet Mr May: Mark Rector
Photographer Thomas Knights is once again showcasing the heat that red-head guys can generate.
For the 2019 calendar, Knights has teamed up with art director Elliott James Frieze and twelve hand-picked guys to create Red Hot American Boys.
As we count down to the launch of the calendar, we caught up with Mark Rector who features as Mr May.
What made you want to be part of the Red Hot calendar?
Since I began modelling, people have told me that I should reach out to the RedHot100 team and try to participate. People tagged me every time they saw a Facebook article about it. I mainly did it as a joke for my friends, and didn’t think I had a chance — turns out I was wrong.
Does being a red-head help you to stand out in a crowd?
That, and being heavily tattooed. It sometimes works out to my benefit, but when I was a kid I felt I got singled out as the trouble maker. I later realised that this was because I actually was a trouble maker, and it had nothing to do with my hair.
The whole Lindsay Lohan/Paris Hilton — Firecrotch — and South Park — no soul day-walker — created a lot of issues for me as a kid.
Proceeds from the calendar will support the work of Athlete Ally — why do you feel that it’s important to have LGBTQ athletes as role models?
I think it’s important to have people stand up and challenge the norm in anything that’s done. The strength and inspiration to say — “I’m not going to let others get me down…” is a brave and rare stance that we need more of.
What was the shoot like for the calendar? It looks like it was a sunny day? Did you have plenty of sun-block?
I’m an expert in sun-screen thanks to years of awful sunburns and Texas heat. The shoot was great — the team made me feel welcome and comfortable right off the bat. It was a bunch of gingers, so I felt instantly bonded.
You’re Mr May in the 2019 calendar — are you happy being Mr May?
I’m just grateful that I’m in the calendar.
You’ve also landed the cover. Is that a bit like landing the cover of the swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated?
It’s an honour to have made the cover. I’m not sure I could compare it to Sports Illustrated, but I’m shooting for that next.
What do you want people to feel when they look at your photo for the month of May?
I’m just happy that they’re checking it out and supporting a good cause.
Launch event for Red Hot American Boys