BLISS is proud to have been chosen to feature some of gorgeous models that can be seen at Fitcasting.com. New models, bios and YouTube links will be posted regularly. Enjoy.
Justas Jes is a young fitness model from Lithuania discovered by the Fitcasting.com Agency/Magazine. He is 19 years old and has done several shoots with Fitcasting. This is his shoot with Paul van der Linde in Bolas Underwear and CR7 Underwear.
To all of those who wrote asking if BLISS had folded while offering words to encourage me to continue, let me just say that BLISS will continue and very soon. This is a labor of love, as I've stated before, but I had to take an extended hiatus to focus on some pressing, time consuming and bill paying activities. I want to extend a sincere thank you for the continued support, even when no new posts were appearing. I am proud that my online venture surpassed over 1 million views during this much need break that has gone on for too long. The new issue will feature someone new to BLISS who is making quite a name for himself in the photography world and I am honored to have him. He will join another (or a few other) new faces in the new issue once it is completed.
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BLISS: I have been following your work for some time
now and consider you to be somewhat of a phenomenon. People may know your name that have not seen
your images, or have seen your images without knowing exactly who it is they are
looking at. And then there are the tens of thousands of people who are familiar
with both. Why do you think so many people are captivated by you?
NIEH:I think people are captivated by the way I
play with my sex appeal and how far I push the envelope. My concepts are
somewhat off than what is the norm. I think people find my bold attitude
towards sex and creative concepts and how I combine them to be a breath of
We live in a very visual society so the look is often what first grabs
people’s attention. What is your ethnic background?
BN: My mother is Puerto Rican and my dad is Chinese.
My mother is probably the only Latina I know that has a thing for Asians
There are always stories about children of mixed heritages feeling like
they did not fit in anywhere. What was it like for you growing up?
BN: I grew up in a Spanish neighborhood. My mother
was Puerto Rican so I was very familiar with and surrounded by the Latino
culture, but my physical features were more Asian when I was younger so I was
excluded from a lot of things and didn't have many friends. I kept to myself and didn't socialize then. Being a model now and having all the attention that
comes with what I do is something I take with a grain of salt because I know what
it is like to be a loner.
B:Did you have any artistic leanings growing up and if so, what were they?
BN: When I was growing up, I would draw and build things all day long. I
remember, after I saw the movie Titanic, I built a 6 foot long version of it in
my room. My room was always filled with pencils, construction paper and tape. I
would like to think I’m still that boy creating figures out of paper; only I
apply that creativity to my modeling.
You are a dynamo of social websites and a tireless self promoter. Were
you as outgoing when you were younger?
BN: I always had this determined attitude,
borderline paranoia to not always be progressing. I’m even worse now. I feel
the industry is so competitive… if I pause, that gives my other competitors to
get ahead of me. When I complete a concept, I’m not one to sit there and
appreciate it...I’m usually worrying about the next concept.
Many of the models that I've interviewed or worked with seemed to
display alter egos when they are in front of the camera that only represents a
small fraction of who they really are. You take on so many characters in your
modeling and show a great deal of diversity in what you are able to pull
off. Who, would you say is the REAL
BN: I believe it’s so important to separate what
you do as a public figure and who you are as a person. That being said....I
believe what you see from my work, from me as a model is just a small part of
who I am greatly exaggerated in front of the camera. Away from the cameras, in
closed doors...I’m shy, I’m goofy, I can’t handle the big crowds that you see
surrounding my social networks in person. I like intimate settings, I feel the
REAL Brian needs to be protected and kept for only those in my close circle because
it’s so easy to lose yourself in what I do.
You actually have not been modeling for that long, though your portfolio
boasts an impressive and large display of images. When did you first get into
modeling and how did it all come about?
BN: About 4 years ago. My best friend at the time
had moved here from Russia and was signed to the modeling agency in NYC, Wilhelmina.
She would take me to all her shoots and model events. And then she transitioned
from model to photographer. I became her
first and only subject. She would shoot me every time she needed to test her
photography. I eventually had enough pictures to have a portfolio. I began
putting them out there and I started getting attention from other
photographers. Before I knew it I was getting paid to shoot and was taking
The first shoot is often the most uncomfortable for the model as they
try to get used to being in front of the camera. What was your first shoot like
and do you remember how you felt during it?
BN: My palms where sweating. I was thinking to
myself “what the hell am I doing in front of a camera". I listened to
Britney to help get into a state of mind where I felt confident and
Did you learn anything during that first shoot that you have carried
with you throughout your career thus far?
BN: Something that I probably learned in my first
few shoots was not to be so “posey” and that it was the natural ones that were
the strongest ones.
Did you make a decision to pursue modeling more seriously after that
first shoot or is this a decision you came to later on?
BN: The decision to take modeling serious came
later. After I saw how I was capturing people, what I could do with it, how
creative I could go with it, how there were so many ideas I had that I didn’t
see anyone else doing.
What is it that you enjoy most about modeling?
BN: I think what I enjoy most about modeling is
creating a story and feelings that I envision in my head and showing the
audience this idea, this story through my pictures.
What did you do before getting into the modeling field?
BN: Before modeling I was into the arts. Drawing,
Editing and post production work plays a big role in many of your
images. Your fantasy shots are very intricate but also very consistent in both
tone and style. Do you do any of your
own edits? If so, would you consider Photoshop to be one of your talents?
BN: I do get involved in the editing process. As a
person who edits yes, editing is CRUCIAL to creating a picture.
One of the great things about you is that you don’t fit into any predesignated box. How would you categorize what you do in front of the camera?
BN: I believe I’m a brand. I do modeling, I do
photography, I promote.....As time goes by I’m growing and I’m adding to what I
call the Brian Nieh brand. There is no word I would use to label me because I’m
constantly changing and learning.
You also do not shy away from showing skin. What is your opinion of male
vs. female nudity in modeling?
BN: Oh boy, this question lol I believe the human
anatomy is such a interesting thing. I’m OBSESSED with shapes and curves of a
body whether male or female BUT I have to admit if I was a female or advising a
female I probably would want her to be a little more covered up LOL
There is a strong sexual vibe that runs through many of your images.
What message are you trying to convey with these shots?
BN: I believe the message I’m trying to convey to
my audience is to see deeper into sex. To see past the sexual part of the
picture and what is actually going on in the picture. I want people to feel
comfortable embracing their sex appeal. I'd like to think those who watch me
feel a little more confident in themselves, having seen my work and how bold I
am and, maybe become inspired.
One of the things that I love most is when you play multiple characters
within a single shot. Do you create these concepts?
BN: I come up with the multiple character concepts
but I have help editing it. Those require a lot of editing.
How do you set up these types of shoots and how long does it take to
actually get the finished image, considering the amount of editing involved?
BN: I pose as each character, than the characters
are all put together in Photoshop. Lighting, shadowing, etc are all played with
as it’s created. The whole process usually takes from 5-8 hours.
B: You've been known to get into some trouble with some of your more
suggestive posts, such as deletion of Instagram accounts and, I assume, a
Facebook warning here and there. What are your thoughts on this type of
BN: I believe everything I put out there is
something I want my audience to see. I understand there are rules to things but
some of the most creative minds in the world broke some rules to create their
Since I mentioned those two sites, I think this is a great time to
address an issue many models face, and one you deal with over and over. How
often are your pictures stolen and used in fake profiles or pick up sites?
BN: All the time, on a daily basis. It used to
upset me but I realize it’s impossible to stop them. I do, every 4-6 days, look
online and see what I find of myself stolen and a lot of my fans bring impostors to my attention. I actually have a little list of Facebook pages that are
currently “stealing my pictures". I
keep an eye on them but leave them be. I make sure they’re not doing anything
crazy with my name.
What would you like to say to those impostors?
BN: What would I like to say to the impostors Hmm…
well 2 things. Thank you for admiring my work to where you want to take on my identity;
I don’t consider myself to be any better than you so thank you. Secondly and
lastly, please don’t think that your own self worth is not enough to celebrate
and make public. Don’t think you’re not special in your way. I want them to
know that there was a time that I wasn't so confident about myself but once you
break through that it shines and the people around you feel it.
I personally don’t understand what people hope to accomplish by doing
that since picking someone up will only expose the lie. Why do you think that
temptation exists and why do you feel your images are appropriated so often?
BN: I think the people who steal my pictures and
take on my identity measure their own adequacy and value through superficial
things such as a nice body. They see me and a lot of my pictures show my body and
I’m fit, they see the comments people leave about my body. They think that to
be sexy is what is important. I think it’s easier for them to take on my identity
than be themselves in their own skin.
I love the fact that you don’t shy away from full frontal nudity, even
in an erotic nature. What is the general reaction to those images?
BN: Well I believe people think there a lot more
nude pictures of me than are actually out there. I hint at things, cover just
enough to not show lol...I don’t think it’s cool to use nudity every time to
get your point across and I surely don’t. I think most people cheer me on when
I have done those kinds of shoots in the past but off course there are people
that bash me for it.
Your openness might even make some people try to discredit your
beautiful art as nothing more than pornography (not that there is anything
wrong with that). Have you been approached to do porn? Is that something you
would ever consider?
BN: I have been approached by porn companies and
NO I would never do porn nor do I think I would be good at it LOL most of my
pictures is me exaggerating my confidence and sex appeal. If I was to be filmed I would have to be more
me and I would be terrible. PLUS what I
do in the bedroom is something I reserve for my luved one and my luved one
The only credits that I ever see on your images show are BrianNieh.com
or just your name. Who are some of the photographers you have worked with?
BN: I mostly have my team help me shoot my work.
My team is some people who are well versed in editing and promoting. Other than
my team that I work with daily, I really don’t work with many other
photographers and certainly none significant enough to mention.
Are there any photographers out there that you would like to work with
in the future?
BN: YES! Rick day!
Do you have any influences that have helped to shape your creative
BN: Yea Terry Richardson. Steven Klein HUGE
influence of mine.
Have you ever posted an image or comment that you later regretted?
BN: Yea there are a few images I probably would
not post if I had to do it again.
It doesn’t matter how popular anyone is, there will always be a certain
amount of negativity that comes with the territory. In some cases, popularity only makes it
worse. Have you received any negative feedback about your art? If so, how do
you handle those situations?
BN: I think when you’re "popular",
everything you do, good or bad, is greatly exaggerated. Yes I have gotten
negative feedback in my time as a model, but to be a model you’re constantly
getting told about your body, what you need to improve/fix. If I couldn't
handle the negative comments I wouldn't have made it this far. You really have
to learn to drown the noise out and focus on your work.
B: If I asked you to pick 3 images
that best represent who you are as a model today, which one’s would they be and
BN: There so many lol. Just trying to pick one has my brain fried,
BUT probably my lion shoot. I think it’s
such a visually appealing picture and I've gotten so much feedback for it. My
black widow series (a series based on me killing myself while I have sex with
myself just like a black widow does). It’s really crazy, out there, and really
stirs people up. A shoot I did depicting Adam and Eve where I’m being offered
an apple and I have 4 hands touching me and covering my privates.
Looking back on all you’ve done, what is the best lesson you've learned
as a model?
BN: Hard work really makes a difference. I feel I
could be the most amazing model in the world but if I didn't work hard and
promote myself, no one would see it and we would not be having this interview.
Hard work without a doubt.
As exposed as you've been on film there’s bound to be some secrets. Can
you tell me 4 things about yourself that even people who know you might be
surprised to know?
BN: 1. I want to be in better shape. 2. Being a model and having so much attention makes me even more lonely because when you have so many people wanting your attention it make you feel no one sees you as just a person, only as a model. 3. Sometimes I feel like the attention gets overwhelming and I want to disguise myself and do some regular job like filing papers. lol 4. I have conversations with God more often that I tell people.
Well, I got four, LOL. What projects can we expect from you in 2013?
BN: Traveling to new cities and shooting.
Arranging more opportunities where my fans can meet me. Crazy concepts.
B: Any last words for your fans?
BN: I’m so grateful for the attention I've gotten
as a model and so humbled how much you guys love me. I hope to influence a
person or 3 lol and I hope my work gets to a point where it becomes timeless,
known and re-blogged even when I’m no longer here on earth.
That’s one wish he doesn't have to worry about because it’s already come
You have seen him before. Was it Facebook? Tumblr? Instagram? His website? That guy you've been checking out on Grindr who just happens to look like two other guys in profiles from another site? And isn't that the same one who sent you a friend request on Facebook even though your are already friends with him on another profile?
Will the real Brian Nieh please stand up!?!?
Spend enough time online and you are bound to come across an image of Brian Nieh but that does not mean that he is the one who posted it. Outside of his official pages like BrianNieh.com, his Instagram (briannieh87) with over 22K followers, or his Facebook fan page, his photos are likely to pop up anywhere because so many people are caught up in his hashtag. The reason is obvious when you take in his mix of Puerto Rican and Chinese heritage, an ethnic blend which produced an incredibly beautiful result, but it goes deeper when you add the fact that Brian is an independent model and tireless self promoter who has created a brand out of his very physicality that defies category and does not shy away from overt sexuality. With so many people wanting just to look at you it isn't surprising that a few would appropriate your images to receive the same level of attention.
The real Brian remains humble about all of it and truly appreciates the support from his countless fans, preferring instead to focus on the next concept so that the images continue to come and his brand continues to grow and evolve. He is one of my all time favorite models, someone I have wanted to feature in BLISS since the beginning, and I consider him to be a media celebrity and the perfect cover model. His full interview will be posted later and his answers may surprise you, but for now, enjoy the visuals of #Briannieh.