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The Scent of a Metrosexual


Beckhaminstinct2David Beckham enlisted Annie Leibowitz to shoot this dark and stormy ad for his new fragrance, Instinct. "The Real Madrid star obviously wanted to show a darker side to his character in the photo" said British tabloid Hello!. The Times online just this week ran a story lamenting that the Real Madrid footballer's star is on the wane, yet it also said that he's the "perhaps the closest thing that modern Britain has to a Messiah figure. "

"'Beckham the brand is all about salvation, redemption, even resurrection,' Carlton Brick, of the politics and sociology faculty at the University of Paisley, said. 'It is not me saying that Beckham is a pseudo Christ-like figure but it is how he is often portrayed and it is how he portrays himself.'"

That article's title, Desolate Beckham rages against dying of the light, could very well be used to describe this photo.

Instinct, which he is producing through Coty, is described as "a sensual mix of orange, mandarin, Italian bergamot and white amber flavours" — spices that could only be described as posh.

ADDENDUM: You know, when I first looked at this photo, it immediately reminded me of the great tradition of English portraiture, most specifically the paintings of Thomas Gainsborough. The Blue Boy was the first one that came to mind. Makes perfect sense to me that Leibowitz would draw from this tradition to capture Britain's most famous athlete icon.

Gainsborough subjects were also often the cultured, upper middle-class nouveau-riche rather than the aristocrats.


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  1. It doesn't really look that much like him?

    Posted by: william | Sep 16, 2005 9:31:31 AM

  2. Coty? Aren't they the same wonderful bunch that brought us Brut and Canoe? I'm sure it smells like aromatic alcohol. You can pick it up at your local Walmart on Tuesday ;)

    Posted by: Wayne | Sep 16, 2005 9:44:19 AM

  3. I had no idea it was Beckham.

    I do tend to collect colognes but... hm. I'll have to see.

    Posted by: Rob | Sep 16, 2005 10:07:12 AM

  4. That is the gayest picture I have ever seen.

    Posted by: Andy W | Sep 16, 2005 10:42:33 AM

  5. I like the Annie Leibowitz photo. Annie Leibowitz again shows her incredible talent and is one of the top photographer of our time. The photo projects strength, power, and control in defiance to a bleak harsh world. I could care less about David Beckham or his cologne.

    Thanks Andy. It's your eye for photographic art that keeps me coming back to your site

    Posted by: Iceman | Sep 16, 2005 11:01:25 AM

  6. Hey David, a tad less rouge next time....he looks more like Michael Chiarello in that picture.

    Posted by: Michelangelo | Sep 16, 2005 11:04:15 AM

  7. Life is a Cabaret Old Chum! Paging Mssr. Grey, Paging Messr. Grey!

    Posted by: Jeff | Sep 16, 2005 11:23:36 AM

  8. If your going to wear a sports jacket, your jeans shoud not be crotch-huggers....unless your a rent-boy.

    Posted by: Ted B. | Sep 16, 2005 4:00:04 PM

  9. Becks is FOR RENT? I am SO THERE!

    Dear Ted B.--He creates his own syle. That's wt makes him an original.

    Posted by: JOHN~L.A. | Sep 16, 2005 4:42:37 PM

  10. After years of practising at home, he finally gets to work his favourite pose.

    Posted by: sean | Sep 16, 2005 5:29:48 PM

  11. my $0.02: he looks awful in that picture, and trust me when i say that i love almost every image of him ever. he looks awkward, airbrushed, and just overall wrong. i don't get it.

    Posted by: Rami | Sep 16, 2005 5:54:02 PM

  12. saucy nave! I love it.

    Posted by: brenner | Sep 16, 2005 6:11:09 PM

  13. PLEASE, ANDY, NO MORE BECKHAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Towleroad might as well change its name to the Beckham Fan Club.

    Posted by: Britt | Sep 16, 2005 7:36:40 PM

  14. God...I find him much hotter when he's just scored for England :-)

    Posted by: Becks07 | Sep 16, 2005 8:25:51 PM

  15. soon America, like England, with be Bored of the Beckhams

    Posted by: bob | Sep 16, 2005 8:52:44 PM

  16. The Blue Boy is 100 x better looking than Beckham. Love that pale skin.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Sep 16, 2005 10:30:40 PM

  17. "Christ-figure"? All the sacrilegious aspects aside [and I am a Card Carrying Athiest], is there any documentation that Jesus sounded like Nazarene Trailer Trash when he opened his mouth? And Beckham not only sounds like an illiterate "Limey" peasant but a milk toast one at that. The butch is all exterior. And, like most nouveau riche, wherever they're from, he's apparently too stupid to realize that he needs to class up the way he speaks along with his clothes, houses, cars, jewelry, et al. [Beyonce has a great singing voice and is uniquely beautiful, but it's the ghetto on a hot Saturday night in August whenever she opens her mouth to speak.] At least he's one up on his wife who, regardless of the price tag on her clothes, or how long she spends being shined up by makeup artists and hairburners, her trashy core always seeps through like an old red wine stain on a white carpet.

    Posted by: Tagg | Sep 17, 2005 3:44:37 PM

  18. Wow-- you're totally right. The two pictures parallel each other perfectly; right down to the stormy backgrounds, shared expressions, and poses.

    Posted by: Jason | Sep 18, 2005 6:28:56 PM

  19. whats the official website for the purfume ?? ??

    Posted by: j a c k | Dec 25, 2005 12:17:23 AM

  20. the first pic is rrrrrrrrrrrrealy bad,ugly,yack......

    Posted by: iker | Jul 31, 2006 3:31:07 PM

  21. OMG he does look like a fag. WTF??? But have you seen derek jeter pics for his cologne? very sexy

    Posted by: Debbie Torre | Dec 8, 2006 3:43:02 AM

  22. Reminds me of Prince Vigo from *Ghostbusters 2*.

    Posted by: whatevs | Apr 1, 2007 2:11:39 PM

  23. Thank you for the helpful information. I bookmarked your site, and I hope you keep up the good work on making your blog a success!

    Posted by: Rachael | Mar 3, 2009 3:26:21 PM

  24. The cologne is good. Being a metrosexual doesn't mean that a man is gay, but simply takes care of himself more than the average man and is more self-aware.


    Posted by: | Dec 1, 2009 10:55:02 PM

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