Year: 2008

Sure, LeBron's a magnet for controversy, and he even acknowledged as much when asked about his appearance on the cover of Vogue. A beastly and intense King James appears next to the ethereal Gisele Bundchen in an image that ruffled feathers for playing into a variety of stereotypical depictions of black manhood. Some saw King Kong in the photo, some saw a generalized depiction of a dangerous black male and an angelic white woman. Whatever the case may be, there is something troubling about the fact that they styled LeBron like he was on the cover of a basketball magazine instead of a fashion tome.