BARRIO BEACH by RICARDO MUÑIZ
Puerto Rican art photographer and puppeteer Ricardo Muñiz' work is focused on cultural recognition and pride: he dedicates himself to photographing and promoting models, designers, stylists and artists of color. For his Ethan Says premiere, Barrio Beach, Ricardo received international support from some of our favorite companies. Barrio Beach features the rugged apparel of Boiish in New York, the provocative swimwear of Vizeau from France, the trendsetting designs of French accessories company, Beryll, and from Australia, the ever-favorite, Aussiebum.
New York has many famed beaches, but for many in the inner city, a sandy shore is not the only place to strut your stuff. For this editorial, models Kent Edwards (African American, white and Native American), Deilín Sanz (Dominican), Santiago Peralta (Argentine), Giovanni Perez (Colombian), Was Palacios (Dominican) and Michael Herrick (mixed race, courtesy of Empire Model Management) demonstrate their hotness against the cold, hard bricks, mortar and concrete of New York that Ricardo fondly calls, Barrio Beach.
Above left: Kent reigns on the stoop behind Ricardo’s building wearing only a Boiish red, striped muscle tee, $35, and Ace frames by Beryll, starting at $310. Above right: Giovanni seduces in his Boiish red jersey pullover with hood, $45, and David frames by Beryll, starting at $310.
Above: Michael reminisces in his black Aussiebum League trunks, $43
Above left: Santiago enjoys Barrio Beach in his Vizeau white mesh Christophe shorts, $52, and Lincoln frames by Beryll, starting at $310. Above right: Walter works his Boiish orange/red classic slide around trunks, $40, and Jimmy frames by Beryll, starting at $310.
Above left: Deilín holds on for the ride in his Vizeau blue/mint Bahia posing suit, $52, and Charlton frames by Beryll, starting at $310. Above right: Deilín burns in his Boiish red classic back stripe bikini, $40, and Charlton frames by Beryll starting at $310
Above left: Kent is ready for the waves in his Boiish orange/white/red triple wave trunks, $40, and Ace frames by Beryll, starting at $310. Above right: Santiago poses in his Boiish red/orange classic slide around bikini, $40, and Lincoln frames by Beryll, starting at $310.
BARRIO BEACH | A cultural, urban swimwear editorial | Photography, art design, styling, makeup and text by Ricardo Muñiz | Showcasing designs by Boiish Apparel, Vizeau, Aussiebum and Beryll | Featuring Kent Edwards, Santiago Peralta, Deilín Sanz, Giovanni Perez, Michael Herrick and Was Palacios as the hot male models of color | With styling assistance from Valerie Greene.