This is interesting. Just last week, socially unaware basketball gazilionaire LeBron James received jeers for his historic albeit ridiculous cover of Vogue. This week, the newish Men's Vogue debuts its newest issue, and, controversial baseball phenom Alex Rodriguez is (finally) getting some good press. Well, almost.
The $275 million dollar man is the face of the "Adrenaline Issue", devoted to men in sports, with the cover art also being lensed by celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz. The interview is a mixed bag. It seems that after the photo shoot in Miami, "Rodriguez decided he'd be more comfortable answering questions emailed to his new handler." Call it another example of his diva-like behavior, or, fear of being misquoted, but the Yankees third baseman reportedly "refused to respond to a handful of queries on subjects such as his reputation among his peers and well-documented insecurity."
Just as a point of reference, LeBron James was the first black man to cover Vogue in its 114-year history, but, at least 4 of the 12 covers of Men's Vogue—Denzel Washington, Barack Obama, Will Smith, Tiger Woods—have been black men.
Lightning Rod [Men's Vogue]