David Beckham becomes first 'Elle' solo male cover star
Published Apr 10 2012, 08:43 BST | By Ryan Love David Beckham
is to become the first solo male cover star of Elle
The footballer will grace the cover of the July issue, which will celebrate the London Olympic Games.
is a prestigious magazine with international recognition," Beckham said of the "really exciting" opportunity. "I'm honoured to have been asked to be the first ever solo male fashion cover."
Speaking about the upcoming issue, editor-in-chief Lorraine Candy said: "David Beckham is a national hero, so we saw an opportunity to shoot a celebratory cover to support an historical and patriotic year.
"He is an icon and Elle
is known for featuring icons on its cover. This is a first for us on the newsstand and I believe he is loved by men and women alike"
Candy added: "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? It will be a collector's issue."
Males who have appeared on the cover alongside females include Paul Weller, Gary Oldman, Tim Roth and Ewan McGregor - who has gone on to appear twice more alongside Nicole Kidman and Renee Zellweger.
The magazine's Twitter
feed will carry a behind-the-scenes preview from the Los Angeles shoot from 10pm GMT tonight (April 10).
The July issue of Elle
, featuring David Beckham, will go on sale on May 30. > David Beckham sets hearts racing in Burger King ad - watch> David Beckham models his new H&M underwear range - pictures