That old saying about keeping everything in moderation, or whatever? Yeah, British GQ is down to call that bluff. Over the weekend, the magazine revealed the covers, plural, for its special-edition March 2016 issue, all five of which feature living Adonis David Beckham. It's a glorious, chiseled display of excess if we've ever seen one, and much-appreciated at that.
But there's a catch: With the apparent exception of one snapshot, photographed by Nadav Kander, the cover images aren't original. Instead, they've been sourced from iconic photo shoots throughout his career, part of an upcoming exhibit at London's Phillips Galleries, appropriately titled "David Beckham: The Man." According to British GQ, the showcase is set to include photos by such artists as Annie Leibovitz, Mert and Marcus and Peter Lindbergh, and will illustrate how Beckham's image has evolved in the decades that he's been in the public eye.
Photographed by Kander, Marc Hom, Inez and Vinoodh and Vincent Peters, the images selected for the covers all do a bang-up job of narrating Beckham's career. In one lifted from the July 2001 issue of since-folded British magazine The Face, we see him semi-shirtless and dripping with fake blood; another harkens back to his much-younger days, with spiky, slicked-back hair and manicured eyebrows. We feel for whomever had to oh-so-thoughtfully pour over Beckham's past editorial work. What a chore.
British GQ's March 2016 hits newsstands on Thursday, but in the meantime, you can click through the gallery below to see all five covers.