Backstage recently in New York for an AIDS benefit, lovely photo by Kevin Tachman.
There are a couple of him on the runway as well, but I like this one for a specific reason.
I was pondering the photo and it struck me that one of the things I find utterly charming about Taylor is his ability to "turn it off." I know that sounds funny, but this photo illustrates it for me. He can (and does) "make love" to the camera for shoots, and does it well. He radiates intensity, sexiness, etc. But when he's just being photographed like this, he has a delightful *unassuming* flair that I can see in his eyes, as much as anything. The two models in the middle still have the "I'm on camera/gotta look HOT" expression; the guy on the right a bit less so, but ... Taylor looks like a normal guy. He's NOT staring down the camera in particular like he can do in formal shoots. He's just smiling and looks ... normal. I don't know a better way to put it. But he strikes me as someone you could chat with and he wouldn't be checking his reflection (or sifting his words) every few minutes. He'd listen and respond like a regular human being.
And to me, that's what makes him so exceptionally attractive -- he neither works at it, nor (more importantly) assumes it. The SuperGene Fairy was Very Good to Taylor. LOL! He's stunning AND interesting looking. But I don't think that's where he stocks his bottles of personal self-worth. And I salute him for the wisdom of perspective on modeling. ;-)