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"We wanted to show that you don't have to be a white person to be revered in this culture," Idris Rheubottom, who is black, told Mic. "Any culture that's not the majority here is seen as inferior, so it's cool to hear people [now] talking about which guy is good-looking, not just which Asian guy."

One could argue this objectification route fails to address a larger problem, that fixating on physical beauty can distract us from more substantive engagements with our fellow humans. However, as the photographers suggest, there's something to be said for valorizing a group that's traditionally been marginalized in this realm — even if its marginalization doesn't intersect with a comprehensive range of issues.

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Illustration for article titled Your New Mancrushes (Cool Photo Project)
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