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Adam Lambert - Details, Details...

Updated on October 19, 2009

For Adam Lambert fans who thought they had an exciting week coming up with the release of his new song Time For Miracles, things just got more interesting. They were jolted with a media bombshell that had nothing to do with a disaster movie, when Lambert announced via Twitter, that he would be gracing the November cover of Details magazine, and divulged that the photo shoot for the story was "pretty racy". News of the shoot has already fetched coverage from several entertainment news programs, and earnest fans eager to get a look before November have been treated to an advanced peep at the pics, courtesy of a resourceful user on

The Details publication, described as "a daring, distinctive magazine for men who are passionate about adventure, style, music, fashion, sports, politics, humor and pop culture., has captured Adam and a seemingly ambiguous female model in some daringly intimate poses. One of the pics reveals a fully clothed Adam clutching the woman's naked body while resting his head peacefully on her thigh; a look of reverent appreciation adorning his face.

Not unlike his Rolling Stone magazine cover, there are a few symbolic gestures contained in the photographs, and his fans are up for the scrutiny. For one, his signature black nail polish has clearly been picked half off, a habit Lambert has confessed to indulging in when anxious or nervous. This could be a subtle representation of his awkward intimacy with women, since Lambert is openly gay. Though he has indicated that he enjoys women, he's pushing his own envelope a bit with this one. For Lambert, an unkept manicure would not otherwise be overlooked for a national photo shoot. Not without purpose, anyway.

Another interesting, and rather obvious display, is the way he smooth-handles the woman lithely stretched out beneath him like a wanton feline. His left hand rests firmly and deliberately on her breast, but his right hand rests rather tentatively on her thigh, making only partial contact; another hint of hesitation in giving himself up to her completely.

Details, Details...

In each of the photos, in fact, Lambert holds back something. Even a photo of him kissing the model involves no actual lip lock. Perhaps he is trying to display the genuine appreciation he has for women,while standing his ground as a gay man. He hasn't compromised his sexuality in any way, further symbolized by how he remains fully clothed, and his submissive role in the photos present him in a very un-threatening manner. It appears he is cleverly capitalizing on the attraction from women by indulging their fantasies, and using these masterfully choreographed images to do it. Subsequently, he is preserving his status and appeal; leaving no one out of his marketing plan.

And let's face it, a little shock is good for his stock.

While Adam Lambert's number one asset is his voice, he's made this statement without even having to use it. But what exactly is he trying to say? Only he knows the answer to that. He's playing a little game of mental hopscotch with the media, and perhaps with us as well. And with Adam Lambert, we are quickly learning, there are no accidents- particularly in how he presents himself to the world. This layout will certainly generate discussion about his motives, and provoke some thought about gender attractions. I think he'd call it a good day if he inspired people to revisit the status quo on sexuality, love, and freedom, though.They are the basis, after all, for his music and his life.

The rest is just details...

Authors Note: Out of respect and professional courtesy to the publishers, I have elected to refrain from publishing the pictures contained in the Details magazine layout. The release date for this issue is scheduled for early November.


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      Jennifer Maurer 8 years ago from Chicago, IL


      Thanks for your comments. I totally agree with you. In fact, I wrote a whole article about that, entitled "Adam Lambert-One Voice"...but Adam makes it delightfully tempting to make it about more than just the music when he engages in public displays such as this photo shoot. It can't help but take our attention away from the music for a moment or two. That is the beauty of Adam Lambert-the ability to tantilize us in so many ways!

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      Audrey Kirchner 8 years ago from Washington

      I'm not sure who wasn't watching the entire IDOL but I questioned if he was gay from the the beginning - but who cares? He has a wonderful talent and I think that that is all that should matter...not the nails, not the is after all supposed to be ABOUT the music. I loved his ability to change into different looks and do different things. He is an artist no hands down! But as an aside, so many of them in the top 5 or 6 were, it was incredible! I think we need to think less about the person (as in a president) and think more about what they bring to the table - music most of all.

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      ThePartyAnimal 8 years ago

      Those were great shots - great for him!!!

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      Mara 8 years ago

      Loved your last comment. I'm sure there are a lot of people who would like to be there! LMAO

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      rvsource 8 years ago

      Somehow I new you were going to make that first statement. I guess I left that open!!

      Very true, Adam will be the talk of the "World!" very soon

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      Jennifer Maurer 8 years ago from Chicago, IL


      Being on top of Adam is a nice place to be, unfortunately, he likes the top, lol...He is not intended for the very young or faint of heart. That is for sure. Thanks for your comment!

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      rvsource 8 years ago


      You seem to really be on top of Adam! I've watched him from the beginning of Idol last year and knew he was going to be an Icon. I now believe it's coming to be. I just read on one of the "youtube" video comments about about Adam grabbing his crotch during his performances of "Whole Lotta Love." I guess some reporters have been told "not to film below the waste, because of kids." Now after this photo shoot and etc. I can see Adam being compared to the King himself. I remember back on the Ed Sullivan show where Elvis wasn't to be filmed below the waste. It seems our Adam might fall into this kind of scrutiny as well.


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      Jennifer Maurer 8 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Thanks for your comment Dee Dee. It is my understanding that before Adam agreed to do the shoot, they discussed the concept and presentation before moving forward with the layout. The editors, of course, have the final say on what photos are ultimately used in the issue. I did not read the article, on purpose, because I did not want to be influenced by what I read, while I was in the process of writing this.I have since gone back and read a portion of it, but I didn't see the part you referred to about the conceptual idea. In any event, thank you for your comment.

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      LoveforAdam 8 years ago

      The photos are trash, Adam went for money and a free feel of a woman!

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      Dee Dee 8 years ago

      Interesting take on the nail polish and the pictures. Everyone has their opinions, I guess, and I'm no exception. What you missed, though, if you read the whole article, is the concept of the shoot was NOT his idea. He took direction, just as most models do for any shoot. Obviously, the editors had an image of what direction they were headed in before they asked him to appear in a men's magazine.

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      Chica 8 years ago

      Jennifer, I think you summed it all up very well. When I first saw these pix I felt what I described as an "innocence" in them but you more acurately pinpointed what I was trying to say. Thank you for sharing your blog at The Glambert Rock as well! We appreciate you!

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      kathy 8 years ago

      Great article Jennifer and I think I agree with you. Your thoughts brought something new to the table for me. I LOVE Adam! Whata hunk. OK just had to say that!

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      I just want to 8 years ago

      jump his bones

      I just do

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      Bjo 8 years ago

      As Adam says, art is open to interpretation, that's what makes it art, and I like yours very much. Well done!

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      Cheeky Chick 8 years ago

      Jennifer, your writing is flawless! I always enjoy reading your hubs.

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      Super Sachiko 8 years ago

      Uh you are overanalyzing it. He is clearly comfortable with women, as stated in the article.

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      Lindajean139 8 years ago

      Jennifer, that was a really good analysis. I wondered about the nail polish. I saw how it was picked off and yeah you are right a national photo shoot wouldn't have neglected that detail.

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      WindyAdamLambert 8 years ago

      Adam is so exited sexy guy I never know and + he his gay jeez what a big attraction he give to all the woman fan's. We love him he as the amazing voice the sexy body and a face of the what we want to more? Nothing we have all Adam's genious man and the voice who transport us like we are in the statospher!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      carly 8 years ago

      this is a nice analysis jennifer. i think u r right that adam manages to appear beautiful/sexy, but non-threatening; something is definitely being held back (by the model as well -- as she hardly seems into it the way a lambert lover of any persuasion might be!). i think he is staking out some middle ground of sexuality in which categories r not discreet, "hot" can go every which way, people can project whatever fantacies they might have on him/the interaction: "sexy is sexy" is what he said exactly, and here he is, once again, creating/living it for all to see.

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      plumeria 8 years ago

      I thought the photos were artistic and beautifully done.