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capturing america’s male cheerleaders

For the new issue of The Most Beautiful Man In The World zine, Gregory Vaughan photographs the National Cheerleading Association of America's Collegiate Championships.

by Stuart Brumfitt
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14 July 2015, 9:50am

For its third issue, The Most Beautiful Man In The World has again scoured the globe to photograph and profile gorgeous men of, and for, all persuasions. Often the zine's photos have a sporting bent, featuring wrestlers and fitness freaks - this time round the magazine's Creative Director Frank Strachan and photographer Gregory Vaughan headed to Florida to capture the National Cheerleading Association of America's Collegiate Championships and StuntFest, its unofficial after-party at Daytona Beach. 

Whilst some (especially non-Americans) still see the pom-pom heavy pursuit as merely half-time entertainment during a basketball or football game, it's gradually been rebranded as "Cheer Leading Athletics", a sport all unto itself. The pair initially scouted for guys on gay hook-up app, Scruff, but as they took more portraits, they started to realise the stereotype of the gay male cheerleader had little foundation - the majority of the guys they shot were straight. Here i-D bring you some of the best back-flipping and people-lifting pictures from the issue.

The Most Beautiful Man In The World is out today at Claire de Rouen, Photographers Gallery, Wardour News in London, Pop Hop in LA, Iconic Magazine stores and Soho News International in New York, Les Mots à la Bouche in Paris, Do You Read Me and Prinz Eisenherz in Berlin and at Magazine in Brighton.

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