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Bo Dixon: More Than a Hot Body

by Steve Weinstein
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday Oct 27, 2009

Bo Dixon was a skinny kid who discovered bodybuilding. He got big fast. Very big. So big that he became a Colt supermodel and did a video for Hothouse--the porn equivalent of a lead in a Broadway show or election to the U.S. Senate.

But he decided, relatively early in his porn career, that he didn't want to be known as a sex star. There was that little thing, however: the Internet.

"The whole idea of doing something like that has not played out as I expected it to," he said in a recent interview from his home in Georgia. "Colt images got me notoriety. Since it was just a solo it was pretty benign."

What happened next, he added, was out of his hands (as it were): "The Internet had changed how things are shared. What ended up happening, the studio had no control over it. All of a sudden, that was the only thing people saw of me and that's not how I want to be known."

A Serious Bodybuilder

Dixon is a serious bodybuilder. He began at an age when most people quit the sport, at age 42.

He persevered, and within a short time, he won a major regional title. He had been a college distance runner and wrestler--in a light weight class.

"Growing up, I was Alfalfa from the Little Rascals," he laughs. He says he was always the "ugly, skinny kid with glasses", frequently picked on by classmates. When he graduated from college, he was six feet tall and only 137lbs.

Six Months Later ...

"I remember buying bodybuilding magazines and looking at pictures of Michael Francois and Tom Prince," he said. "I admired them because I knew that bodybuilders were treated differently. They had room presence and status.

"I was tired of being thin and forgettable. At 42 years old, I took the magazines to a trainer and told him, ’I want to look like them.’"

He told him, "OK, we’re entering you in the Mr. Alabama contest in six months."

Embracing the Past--And Overcoming It

Dixon won the novice class in the in the Mr. Alabama competition. "From then on," he says, "I was hooked."

Today, 48-year-old Dixon competes in Bodybuilding’s NPC division, one grade down from the professional circuit. This past July, he won the PC Heavyweight title of Mr. Georgia.

He calls bodybuilding a lifestyle, trains at least four days a week and eats six to eight balanced meals each day.

Bodybuilding also helped him in his coming out process.

"My muscles have become my suit of emotional armor," he says. "They have given me the confidence to tackle some of my most challenging life situations."

"I embrace my past, but I thrill in who I am today."

Now, a Calendar Model

Dixon’s calendar, which features 14 photos from fitness photographers Troy Philips and Akimitsu Saddi, also includes a DVD on the making of the calendar.

"I hope my calendar will inspire people, young and old, to believe that if you work hard, you too can become the man you want to be mentally and physically," he says.

Body Hair!

Guys who are sick of hot models who look like plucked chickens will be happy that in many of the shots Dixon is hirsute.

Because he started bodybuilding late, he doesn’t suffer from the multiple injuries that plague those who came earlier in life to the sport, so expect to see more--much more--of him.

Dixon would rather than be remembered as a role model than a Colt model.

"I see the visible change in myself," he says. "I didn’t want the Internet to define who I was. I retooled my body and got this project together and started a business. The business is about reinvensting yourself and redefining who you are."

Steve Weinstein has been a regular correspondent for the International Herald Tribune, the Advocate, the Village Voice and Out. He has been covering the AIDS crisis since the early '80s, when he began his career. He is the author of "The Q Guide to Fire Island" (Alyson, 2007).


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