David Beckham Is Elle UK's First Male Solo Cover

David Beckham Will Be Elle UK's First Solo Male Cover Star

David Beckham Is Elle UK's First Male Solo Cover

>> Soccer player turned underwear designer David Beckham will make magazine history today when he poses for Elle UK's first cover that doesn't feature a woman.

Elle UK editor Lorraine Candy said the July issue will be pegged to this Summer's Olympic games in London, and picked Beckham because he bridges the gap between British sports and British fashion.

"David Beckham is a national hero, so we saw an opportunity to shoot a celebratory cover to support a historical and patriotic year," she said. "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? It will be a collector's issue."

Elle has put men on its covers in the past, but most of them have been standing next to (or crouching underneath) women. Beckham, who's never been on the cover of a glossy women's magazine before, said he feels "honored to have been asked to be the first ever solo male fashion cover."

A look at some of the other men who have been on the cover of Elle UK in the gallery.

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