Written by Katie Finn • Published 17th April 2012

Not ones to hide our love and admiration for Mr Golden Balls (his H&M ad campaign got us all a bit hot under the collar,) we were thrilled to discover that David Beckham will be gracing the cover of one of our favourite fashion magazines as its first ever solo male star.

Image Courtesy of Hombre Chic, flickr.com

Image Courtesy of Hombre Chic, flickr.com

Beckham will be the cover star of the July issue of Elle UK, a magazine which he described himself as a “prestigious magazine with international recognition”. The issue will be a nod to the upcoming Olympic Games, and, as an ambassador for the games, Beckham who is known for his style and athleticism was the perfect choice for the cover. His reputation as one of the most famous British sportsmen and personalities of all time and his obvious connections to his wife’s fashion label could not have hindered his selection for cover either.

Elle editor in chief commented “David Beckham is a national hero, so we saw an opportunity to shoot a celebratory cover to support a historical and patriotic year.” She continued to speak for women everywhere by commenting – “Anyway, who doesn’t want to see a picture of one of the wold’s most handsome men on the front cover of a magazine? It will be a collector’s issue.”

Fashion magazines worldwide are renowned for their covers of extremely slim models and celebrities, which has become both the norm and the expected. The world breathed a sigh of relief when size 16 superstar Adele appeared on the cover of US Vogue. However, it was interesting to notice that she was only pictured from the neck up as opposed to a full body shot that is usually used for slimmer celebrities and models.

Image Courtesy of Dark Hamlet, flickr.com

Image Courtesy of Dark Hamlet, flickr.com

It is certainly refreshing to see our favourite stars on the covers of these fabulous high-end fashion magazines and even more refreshing to see a male celebrity and women of a larger size. Are we becoming disillusioned by photoshopped cover stars? With the likes of twitter allowing us to see celebrities in their natural state, and more and more celebrities opting for the ‘au natural’ cover shot, including Cate Blanchett in a recent issue of Intelligent Life magazine, I’m inclined to suggest that the answer is ‘yes’.  Wouldn’t it be far more interesting to see ‘normal’ cover stars to whom we can realistically aspire to? Will this ever be the norm? We will just have to wait and see.