Bad Bunny Becomes First Male Urbano Artist to Grace the Cover of Rolling Stone

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 25: Bad Bunny accepts the Social Artist of the Year award during the 2019 Billboard Latin Music Awards at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on April 25, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Bad Bunny made history on Wednesday by becoming the first male urbano artist to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone. 🔥

Gracing the cover of the June issue of Rolling Stone, Bad Bunny, whose real name is Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, cemented his status as an iconic Latin music figure.

The cover photo, which shows the 26-year-old wearing a surgical mask while the sun sets over his native Puerto Rico in the background, as well as the rest of the story, was shot completely by his girlfriend, Gabriela Berlingeri.

In doing so, Berlingeri became the first Latina to shoot a Rolling Stone cover. In fact, this cover was the first cover story to ever be created wholly by Latinas, including Suzy Exposito, who's the first Latina to ever pen a cover piece for the legendary magazine.

As far as the story itself, Bad Bunny offered an inside look at his quarantine lifestyle while living in an Airbnb in Puerto Rico, admitting that he and Berlingeri have been loving the Toy Story movies.

He also revealed that he'll be making his acting debut in the upcoming season of the Netflix crime series Narcos: Mexico – currently on hold due to the coronavirus – and discussed the video for “Yo Perreo Sola,” or “I Twerk Alone,” in which he performed in drag for the first time.

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When asked what motivated his fearless approach to the self-directed video, Bad Bunny said he wanted to "show support to those who need it," adding, “I may not be gay, but I’m a human who cares.”

He also said, “I have always felt like there [was] a part of me that is very feminine, but I never felt as masculine as I did the day I dressed up like a drag queen.”

Ricky Martin, who's often referred to as the "King of Latin Pop," told Exposito that he views Bad Bunny as "an icon for the Latin queer community."

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