CLEVELAND (AP) -LeBron James is striking a pose.
The Cleveland Cavaliers' superstar will appear on the April cover of Vogue, joining actors Richard Gere and George Clooney as the only men to do so in the influential fashion magazine's 116-year history.
Wearing a tank top, shorts and sneakers from his own Nike clothing line, James appears on the cover dribbling a basketball and screaming as if in game mode while throwing one arm around supermodel Gisele Bundchen with Tom Brady nowhere to be found.
The pairing of the All-Star forward and the runway icon was shot in January by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz in James' hometown of Akron, Ohio.
Vogue is featuring athletes and models in an annual issue devoted to size and shape. The 6-foot-9 James and 5-foot-11 Bundchen, who dates Patriots star quarterback Brady, were a natural pairing.
``Nobody says more about fashion size and shape than Gisele and LeBron,'' Vogue spokesman Patrick O'Connell said. ``LeBron is an amazing star and athlete that has crossed over into a cultural phenomena.''
Being on the cover of a sports magazine is nothing new to James, who first appeared on Sports Illustrated's front as a 17-year-old high school junior in 2002 next to the presumptuous title of ``The Chosen One.'' He is currently one of 11 athletes appearing on the cover of ESPN The Magazine's 10th anniversary issue.
However, as his popularity and visibility broaden, James has recently been featured on the covers of Fortune, Men's Health and Black Enterprise.
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