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Preston “wexx” (he/him) is the first Asian international fetish titleholder and the first Mr. International Rubber (MIR) of color. He is Mr. International Rubber 20 (2017) and Mr. New England Rubber 2016.

Preston “wexx” (he/him) is the first Asian international fetish titleholder and the first Mr. International Rubber (MIR) of color. He is Mr. International Rubber 20 (2017) and Mr. New England Rubber 2016.

Preston has been interested in latex rubber since 2007 and has actively practiced the fetish since 2010. He taught other students about leather, latex, neoprene, spandex, and other similar fetishes at Harvard College Munch, the BDSM student organization at his alma mater, at a time when the group was publicly vilified by Bill O’Reilly and the Harvard College Republicans as a university-funded “sex club” on Fox News.

As a globally recognized kink educator of color, Preston is a contributor to Recon.com and Recon Magazine, writing about latex fetishism and the Asian experience in kink and fetish, and the founder of the Asian Leather and Kink Alliance, an antiracist, intersectional, and pro-decrim grassroots collective for folx of Asian descent in the kink and fetish community. As a professional event organizer of both tech and fetish events, he is also a well-known advocate for anti-harassment policies and processes in kink spaces and maintains a spend guide for marginalized folx and those new to the community.

Preston was honored to judge the International Mr. Leather (IML) 2019 and International Pup and Handler (IPAHW) 2019 contests, representing fetishists of Asian heritage. He has appeared in mainstream, LGBTQ+, and kink media in German (BOX Magazin), Brazilian Portuguese (iGay no iG, BLUBR, Rádio Agita Planeta), and English (Vice.com, Alphatribe Magazine, JOY 94.9, Watts the Safeword in 2017 and 2020, NoSafeWord) to promote latex fetishism, inclusion, and representation in the gay and kink communities. Previously, Preston judged and delivered the keynote at International Olympus Leather 2018 in San Diego, where he spoke about the importance of visibility as a fetishist of color.

Preston is a co-founder of the Mr. Rubber Mexico (est. 2017) and Mr. Rubber Brazil (est. 2019) contests, respectively the first rubber competitions in Latin America, and served as bilingual emcee for Mr. Rubber Mexico in 2018 and for Mr. Rubber Brazil in 2019. He is a member of the New England Rubber Men (NERM) and Emborrachados (Rubbermen of Brazil).

During his title year as Mr. International Rubber 20, Preston evangelized latex fetishism in 13 countries and 24 cities around the world. The first MIR to visit Latin America and East Asia, Preston believes everyone should feel confident to gear up in public and is proud to practice his passion by wearing rubber out regularly, especially where fetish gear is taboo or seldom seen.

He enjoys mentoring new rubberists regardless of their gender or sexuality, especially through workshops at Cleveland Leather Annual Weekend (2017, 2018, 2019) and DV8/Purple Passion (“Latex Fetishism 101”) about latex care, latex fetish practices, and the experience of people of color in the fetish community.

As Mr. International Rubber 20 and a rubberist of color, Preston’s mission is to rubberize the world—to bring the latex fetish to places further afield and especially to unawakened rubberists. He still gives his time to these efforts today as a co-producer of new events, volunteer interpreter in multiple languages, and organizer of emerging communities around the world. Preston is based in New York City.

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