Vanity Fair Italy debuts its newest issue which features an incredible cover and editorial of Andrew Howe, the ridiculously talented and obscenely gorgeous biracial Italian Olympic track star. The Vanity Fair Italy cover is lensed by well-known fashion photographer Richard Phibbs, who captured the Barack Obama-inspired fashion editorial for Paper and the muscular and bulging model Kwame.
Howe is 23 years old, born in Los Angeles and moved to Italy when he was five. His mother, who is black, was an American Olympic hurdler. Howe is favored to win a medal at the Beijing Olympics in the long jump, after setting the Italian national record at 8.47m and taking the gold at the 2006 European Championships.& ;
Howe is 6 feet and 165lbs of sculpted perfection. Phibbs captures the nude Olympic track star in a number of poses that are reminiscent of the adoring, homoerotic Olympic sporno technique created by Leni Riefenstahl in Olympia. Phibbs' editorial—and its subject—is stunning.
More Olympic perfection, more sporno after the jump.
This is Andrew Howe's second Vanity Fair Italy cover in as many months. In May, the long jump champion posed with fellow Olympians Flilippo Magnini and Margherita Granhassi. In previous interviews, Howe has said he does not consider himself as sex symbol. Really? There are probably many others who will disagree.