Actors Ewan McGregor, Tim Roth, and Gary Oldman have appeared on it. Singer Liam Gallagher also graced it. Even flamenco artist Joaquin Cortes posed for one. But none of them have anything on David Beckham. The 37-year-old soccer player is the publication’s first solo male cover boy. A few weeks ago, I shared a behind-the-scenes video of his historic Elle UK photo shoot. Today, we have the finished product or should I say products since there are two covers.
“David Beckham is a national hero. He is an icon and Elle is known for featuring icons on its cover. This is a first for us on the newsstand and I believe he is loved by men and women alike. Anyway, who doesn’t want to see a picture of one of the world’s most handsome men on the front cover of a magazine?” – Lorraine Candy, Elle Editor-in-chief
Photographed by Doug Inglish, Beckham shows off two very different sides for his magazine covers. First, there’s the one above where David displays his arm tattoos and his signature piercing stare. Then there is the other one where he’s wet and shirtless. Wearing nothing but Dior jeans, Becks emerges from a pool dripping wet. The glistening water perfectly highlights every ripped defined part of his torso. YUM. Check out the alternate cover below.
In the issue, David talks about fame, his new daughter Harper and his wife pop star wife, Victoria. Here are a few quotes.
I never thought about the money, the fame. It never interested me, and it doesn’t interest me now. None of that has ever excited me. . . .
On Baby Harper
It’s great. I love to bite her legs, or shoulders. It’s how a baby should be. She’s so beautiful.
On His Wife
She comes home and shows me what she’s been doing all day and what exciting dresses and bags she’s got coming through. And then I say something boring like ‘I got kicked today.’
Just in case you found all that magazine text on the shirtless cover distracting, I thought I’d share a clean version of the image. Hope you enjoy. For more info on David Beckham’s Elle UK issue, head over to www.elleuk.com.