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2016 Coverboy of the Year Second Runner Up: Craig Cipollini

2016 Coverboy of the Year Contest

Craig Cipollini -- Photo: Julian Vankim

Craig Cipollini — Photo: Julian Vankim

“Somebody called me ‘Daddy’ over Pride weekend,” laughs Craig Cipollini. “But they said ‘Hot Daddy.’ I was like, as long as they’re saying hot, I’m not going to be offended.” The 49-year-old Baltimore native, who works as the marketing director for the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington and is a trained dancer, decided to apply for Coverboy because “there was this part of me that was like, ‘Hey, I may be a little older, but I can still compete with the younger guys.'”

Craig thinks there’s been a positive shift in the gay community with regard to age. “When I was in my twenties, a lot of the younger guys would always be like, ‘Who’s that old thing sitting at the end of the bar there?’ The guy [they were talking about] might have been 42 or something. I don’t hear that as much now. I see a lot of younger men dating older guys, too. Maybe it’s still happening and I’m just not aware of it.”

Craig Cipollini -- Photo: Julian Vankim

Craig Cipollini — Photo: Julian Vankim

Craig Cipollini -- Photo: Julian Vankim

Craig Cipollini — Photo: Julian Vankim

Craig Cipollini -- Photo: Julian Vankim

Craig Cipollini — Photo: Julian Vankim

Photographed by Julian Vankim at Town Danceboutique on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2017

Read Craig’s original Coverboy interview at metroweekly.com/coverboy-craig.

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