Though The A-List: New York was essentially a slow-motion, more obviously manipulated version of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, it’s not the most unbearable show to think about in retrospect. I even have a fondness for the petty theatrics of Reichen Lehmkuhl, Mike Ruiz, Rod-i-ney, and the gamely naked Austin Armacost. Yes, it was sleaze, but it was harmless sleaze.
Since Logo’s series went off the air in 2011, Armacost — billed on the show as Lehmkuhl’s ex-boyfriend — has apparently been keeping up the body that earned him so much attention over two seasons. We caught up with him on a photo shoot in the Hollywood hills for DNA Magazine featuring some skimpy Andrew Christian skivvies (as well as aussieBum, 2xist, & Body Tech), and we thought we’d see how much he still enjoys the attention. Newsflash: He does. And he’s pretty upfront — and, honestly, really nice — about it!
Austin Armacost photographed by Clinton Gaughran for AfterElton
AfterElton: You’re wearing assless underwear in front of a patio full of people. Are you a true exhibitionist who embraces this kind of thing?
Austin Armacost: I mean, look around. I’m in a jock strap right now surrounded by 20 people. “Exhibitionist” is a great word for me. I like it in a professional setting though. I don’t like to be running around my hotel naked, but when I’m in a professional setting where I can be naked, it’s completely applicable.
AE: I think your co-workers agree.
Austin: [Motioning to his fellow models] These people are beautiful, and that’s what L.A. is about! Beautiful people! We love it. We’re in the hills, and it’s fabulous. At the same token, underneath the muscles and abs on everyone here, they’re beautiful people. Yes, L.A. is fake and phony and all about the body, but the people I surround myself with are fantastic underneath it all, and that’s what’s very important to me. So beauty’s not everything. You don’t have to be sexy to hang out with me. But they’re great people. You can find people who are beautiful on the inside or on the exterior!
AE: What would you say is your all-time favorite moment of exhibitionism?
Austin: Every time my mom walks in on me naked in the shower. This might sound crazy, but I like when my family sees me naked. Now, it’s not incestuous, but we’re very free. We’re all very free. At any one time in my living room, my dad might be in the jacuzzi naked out back, my mom might be powdering her tits, and I might be shitting with the door open. So we’re all very free, open people. Very exhibitionist in my home. Now, I don’t know what constitutes a “nudist,” but we probably fit that to a T. Though we’re not a cult or anything.