Ernst Coppejeans' photo series entitled 'Pretty Masculine' aims to show contrast and contradiction amongst stereotypes. The models for the shoot all have two things in common: they are all gay, and they all have beards. Thus, Ernst Coppejeans feels that these models represent "Rough versus polished, masculine versus feminine, hard versus soft ..."
The associated stereotypes with those who are gay and those with rugged facial hair are very different -- and, in many cases, polar opposites. This opposition is what Ernst Coppejeans succeeds in capturing through these photos.