A Russian artist-turned-model has opened up about struggling with his health when he was younger.
Alexander Abramov – better known as Abramov Lex – has bared all in a new series of photography books all based around his own personal diaries.
But despite having a ripped physique and stunning good looks, Abramov revealed he grew up a “very sick child” and had a number of health problems.
He told Gay Star News: “I grew up a very sick child. I had problems with my lungs and at the age of 13, I underwent a serious operation on my intestines, which left me hospitalised for four months and put an end to my normal existences as a man.”
It was only at the age of 20 that he started going to the gym and 18 years ago, he started keeping journals to bring awareness to his sexuality.
After moving to New York from Moscow in 2015, he was inspired to create something using photography to hope to inspire the LGBT+ community.
He said: “I started keeping journals 18 years ago.
“My diary is about awareness of my homosexuality… It is also about human imperfection and struggle, drugs and fears, scars and past troubles.
“On the whole, it tells of becoming the man I have wanted to be: a man who is able to inspire others to make changes for the better.”
Although he isn’t shy of taking off his clothes – and we can see why – he admitted he found it hard to be “naturally sexy” but wants people to find the “best versions” of themselves through his images.
“I hope these beautiful images will resonate and inspire people to be the best versions of themselves, inside and out, as well as inspire them to travel to gorgeous places and live outside of their comfort zones,” he added.
“I’m a man who is not afraid to open his soul. After all, I always remember, life only gets better when we are able to be honest and when we are willing to give something to others, especially our spirits.”
Abramov is donating 10 per cent of the book to the Russian LGBT Network and it can be bought here.