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Dexter Mayfield Is Out's New Swimsuit Star

Dexter Mayfield Is Out's New Swimsuit Star

Dexter Mayfield

In recreating a Swimsuit Issue cover, the Come Dance With Me judge is redefining what it means to be sexy.

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This summer, Out enters its 30th year with over 300 printed issues. Here, we revisit and re-create 10 covers -- celebrating them for what they were while reimagining them for newer audiences.

At one time, Out's Swimsuit Issue was an annual staple.

Dexter Mayfield

Year after year, you could count on seeing the sexy, generally skimpy styles of the season stretched across bodies that represented a very specific sector of the community, as seen in this February 2006 version. And though we retired it, Dexter Mayfield is taking us back.

A judge on the CBS competition show Come Dance With Me, Mayfield has fashioned himself into a star, walking runways for brands like Rihanna's Fenty and dancing for the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Katy Perry. And now he brings that same confidence to Out.

DEXTER is wearing ERICKSON BEAMON Necklace GOOD AMERICAN Swim Brief

Dexter Mayfield

Creative Direction MIKELLE STREET mikelledstreet.com @mikellestreet
Assistant MILAN GARCON @milangarcon
Photographer MYLES LOFTIN mylesloftinphotography.com @mylesloftin
Photo Assistant Light Tech EVADNE GONZALEZ @evadnegonzalez
Photo Assistant ANDREW ESPINAL @andrewespinal and JIN JIN
Digitech MERLIN VIETHEN and JOSH ROBINSON
Production Director TIM SNOW @snowmgz
Production Manager STEVIE WILLIAMS x2production.com @beingstevie of X2 Production Production
Assistant TOBY TEITEL @toby_teitel
Video AUSTIN NUNES austinunes.com @austinunes
Creative Conception STUART BROCKINGTON, ANNA CARIAS, MIKELLE STREET
Hair JENN LAGRON jennlagron.com @jennlagron
Makeup ALANA WRIGHT alanawrightmakeup.com @alanawrightmakeup
Makeup Assistant JUSTIN LENTZ @justinlentz
Stylist SHANNON STOKES @shannonlstokes
Stylist Assistant ANNISAH MEDINAH

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This article is part of Out's July/August 2022 issue, appearing on newsstands July 12. Support queer media and subscribe -- or download the issue through Amazon, Kindle, Nook, or Apple News.

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Mikelle Street

Mikelle is the former editorial director of digital for PrideMedia, guiding digital editorial and social across Out, The Advocate, Pride.com, Out Traveler, and Plus. After starting as a freelancer for Out in 2013, he joined the staff as Senior Editor working across print and digital in 2018. In early 2021 he became Out's digital director, marking a pivot to content that centered queer and trans stories and figures, exclusively. In September 2021, he was promoted to editorial director of PrideMedia. He has written cover stories on Ricky Martin, Miss Fame, Nyle DiMarco, Jeremy O. Harris, Law Roach, and Symone.

Mikelle is the former editorial director of digital for PrideMedia, guiding digital editorial and social across Out, The Advocate, Pride.com, Out Traveler, and Plus. After starting as a freelancer for Out in 2013, he joined the staff as Senior Editor working across print and digital in 2018. In early 2021 he became Out's digital director, marking a pivot to content that centered queer and trans stories and figures, exclusively. In September 2021, he was promoted to editorial director of PrideMedia. He has written cover stories on Ricky Martin, Miss Fame, Nyle DiMarco, Jeremy O. Harris, Law Roach, and Symone.