Metro Weekly

Christian Lezzil: Winner

2013 Coverboy of the Year

Coverboy: Christian

Coverboy: Christian

(Photo by Julian Vankim)

Lezzil’s parents long ago made peace with the fact that both their children, including a daughter who’s a photographer, are ”really sentimental children who enjoy finding beauty in life.” He reasons his parents tell themselves, ”Well, he’s not a physicist. And he wants to be a poet. And well, he’s stripping now. He’s just a weirdo. We’ll just let him be a weirdo.”

Yes, his parents know about his stripping. ”I wear everything on my sleeve,” he says. He’s also embraced the ”weirdo” term. He’s currently in the editing phase of a book recounting his days as a stripper with the working title, I’m A Weird Guy Now: Christian Lezzil’s Guide to Stripping. Lezzil considers writing his true calling. ”I’ve always wanted to be a writer,” he says. ”I’ve always written in my journal to publish it.” It’s no wonder, then, that he’s working toward his master’s degree in literature at George Mason University.

Doug Rule covers the arts, theater, music, food, nightlife and culture as contributing editor for Metro Weekly.