David Beckham Appears Shirtless as ELLE UK's First Male Cover Model

By: Michael Matson

David Beckham makes history this month as Elle UK's first male cover model ever. Frankly, we're surprised it took this long for Beckham to take over the front page of a British women's fashion magazine. As Elle Editor in Chief Lorraine Candy notes, "David Beckham is a national hero. He is an icon and Elle is known for featuring icons on its cover. 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?"

Elle also published an alternative cover featuring the soccer star with his shirt on (probably won't sell as well). Check out that cover, plus a larger version of the shirtless photo by Doug Inglish below