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This blog is about menswear, mostly about athletic clothing. The models that wear the photos are inescapably part of the industry as their physiques carry the brands’ clothing. The first model I will start with is Josh Riquelme, who I first saw with Box Menswear.
I remember seeing him on YouTube a little while back.
Josh Riquelme, 22 (at the time of this post in February 2020), is from upstate New York. He became represented male model, with BMG Models, in 2019, according to an Instagram post.
Josh is a Gemini, with a birthday on May 28.
In June 2020, Josh moved to Brooklyn, New York City.
Before becoming a signed model, Josh had his YouTube channel where he posted about his preparation for a mens physique competition as well as modeling photoshoots. His videos started in 2016, then had about a three-year break. After that break, he started making videos again.
This blog post will cover Josh’s social media pages, his men’s physique preparation, his return to YouTube after a break and then his photoshoots that he has posted about on his social media channels.
Josh’s Social Media
Josh seems to favor Instagram and YouTube, so this blog post will feature the posts that he uploaded on those sites.
Mens Physique Competitor, 2016
Josh competed in a mens physique contest while a teenager. He covered his contest preparation on his YouTube account in 2016.
Josh prepared for a contest just after he graduated high school. He was 19 and a social media marketing coordinator. He started a video log to show his progress as he got into contest shape.
While doing the contest preparation, Josh also did a photoshoot with lifestyle shots.
Contest Preparation Macronutrients
Josh explained that his contest preparation macronutrients (aka macros) break down was–
Contest cut: 200 g protein, 250 g carbohydrates, and 55 g fat. For carbohydrates and protein, each gram is 4 calories and for fat, each gram is 9 calories. So the calories for Josh’s macros were 2295.
Refeed (for days to regain energy): 180 g protein, 390 carbohydrates, and 50 g fat. The calories for this was 2730.
Josh ultimately earned his pro card at his contest.
Contest Shape Transformation
Josh has a YouTube video showing his progression from the start of his contest preparation through his final contest shape and winning his pro card.
He started contest preparation at about 165 pounds (74.8 kg) and competed at about 148 pounds (67.5 kg).
After the Show
After the YouTube videos covering this contest, there were no updates to the channel until mid-2019. Josh prepared a video explaining what had happened in an update video.
Josh discussed his observations about his journey through depression and after depression on an Instagram page.
Several of the newer videos were about Josh demonstrating the workouts he performs to develop and maintain his physique. Unlike other videos with muscular fitness models, Josh also shows his personality in the videos. This helps the viewer see the person who is a fitness model as well as gaining workout inspiration. This is in line with the level of disclosure Josh showed in discussing his bout with depression.
Shot by Lester / Lester Villarama
Josh did a photo shoot with Photographer Lester Villarama of Shot by Lester. Josh wore a awesome olive-brown overcoat.
The photos from this photoshoot were for clothes on the Box Menswear website. I picked a few of them for this blog post.
Below are some behind-the-scenes photos.
Following that, Josh went to the Box Menswear photoshoot in Texas. Josh did a YouTube video log of part of his trip. (Kyle Hynick, who was with Josh in New York, also was in Texas.)
While Josh was at the Texas photoshoot for Box Menswear, he was able to create excellent images with the photographers. One from Photographer Jake O’Donnell from Australia.
Below are some additional photos of Josh that were from the Texas photoshoot.
Josh also went to the Liverpool, U.K., headquarters of Box Menswear in late 2019, with plans to return to Liverpool from March 15 to 30, 2020, according to Josh’s YouTube vlog and his Instagram.
Josh’s First Time on the U.S. West Coast
Josh also recorded his experience going to the West Coast of the United States for the first time–Nevada and California.
Josh had a photo with Photographer Peter Rock of Rock Photo in Chicago, Illinois.
Photographer Joshua Solano also happens to be Josh’s friend. I found one photo on Josh R.’s Instagram page.
In another photo, Josh wore briefs from Bench/Body, a clothing brand based in the Philippines.
In another photo created by Joem, Josh wears Modus Vivendi briefs.
Josh has done some photoshoots with Brooklyn, New York-based Photographer Rob Anthony. I think the two of them have created awesome images. Photos from their work often become fast favorites (like the top photo of this post).
Josh has done a photoshoot with New York-based Photographer Rick Day.
When Josh went to Los Angeles, California, he did a photoshoot with Photographer Mark Aquino. The images created were great.
From starting with gym training, to competing in mens physique and building his social media pages, especially Instagram and YouTube, and finally becoming a male model, Josh appears to be moving up in the fitness model industry. In addition, he appears to be a personable and friendly guy, that side comes through on his video logs.
I wish him continued success.