#BenchBodyLanguage: Hip-Hop Dancer Zeus Collins

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Underwear by Bench Body
Photography by Bardo Wu
Grooming by Anacleta Paredes

Words by Margarita Buenaventura

There’s nothing quite like a man who knows how to bare himself, be it sharing his feelings or shedding his clothes. Model Zeus is a master of both. The ramp and commercial model also happens to be an aspiring performer, making himself vulnerable at Peta Theater workshops and dancing to his favorite hip-hop tracks.

Taking cues from his namesake Greek god, Zeus is the lord of his own dreams and desires. Getting comfy in his underthings while under the covers, he shows us that there is no better role to play than a man who knows what he wants.

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Hey, Zeus. What do you usually model for?

Nagra-ramp model ako, ‘saka commercial din. Singing, dancing, acting… Ngayon nagwo-workshop camping ako sa Peta Theater.

Why theater?

Wala, gusto ko lang maiba rin. Gusto ko lahat subukan doon. Nagpa-play kami, tapos ngayon sa acting workshop, bago lang ako so ginagawa naming mga sariling storya namin. Parang kung ano mga pinagdaanan ko dati. May sari-sarili kaming role para mapansin kaming lahat.

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Ano ginagawa mo para mapansin ka?

Sa pagsayaw ko. Bata palang ako, anim na taon palang ako, nagda-dance na ‘ko… hip-hop talaga yung genre ko. Unang una, idol ko talaga si Michael Jackson. Tapos kung sinu-sino nang dumating na inspirasyon ko.

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Gusto mo ba yung name mo? Ano yung na-feel mo noong nalaman mo yung meaning niya?

Siyempre parang… Zeus, dapat pangalan palang parang “god”, diba?

‘Di ka naman na-pressure? Kaya bang kailangang mag-work out?

Oo eh. (Laughs)

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B/FREE: Photographer Joey Alvero