LeBron should be more careful with his image

By | March 20, 2008

Jemele Hill, ESPN

If you’ve ever seen photos of LeBron James away from the basketball court, it’s obvious he takes great pride in his appearance.

LeBron’s image clearly means a lot to him, maybe even as much as pursuing a championship. And that’s why I can’t understand why he would allow Vogue to feature him with supermodel Gisele Bundchen in such a distasteful manner.

She looks like she’s on her way to something fashionable and exciting. He looks like he’s on his way to a pickup game for serial killers.

Now, maybe the point was to show the contrast between brawn and beauty, masculinity versus femininity, strength versus grace. But Vogue’s quest to highlight the differences between superstar athletes and supermodels only successfully reinforces the animalistic stereotypes frequently associated with black athletes.

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