When we found out that giant statues of David Beckham would be popping up around town as part of H&M’s latest ad campaign for the soccer star’s underwear line, we had to see it for ourselves. We’ve always felt that David’s fit body deserved to be commemorated somehow. Plus, the idea of New Yorkers fake grabbing at Beckham’s package (or ass–it’s a personal choice) during their lunch break sounded too good to pass up. So, we bravely ventured to the Beckham statue in front of the Flatiron building.
There’s a rather bemused bodyguard on hand to be sure you don’t actually touch anything (and for those of you thinking of taking Big Beckham home for your own, a guard is there 24/7), but other than that you’re free to strike a pose. In fact, you’re encouraged to do so. So what are people doing? Some people hover nearby, chatting and laughing about it, too nervous to take a picture. Some just stood there next to him and smiled. But our favorites, obviously, were those who went balls out (sorry!).
Several frisky women chose to point at the statue’s rather sizable, er, bulge. (This statue looks like it could definitely use some of those junk jeans.) I saw one poke her head through Beckham’s legs–naughty!–before quickly changing her mind. I myself chose to pose with the bum–a lot of people were ignoring Beck’s backside altogether, which we thought was a huge oversight (emphasis on huge).
But bad news ladies: We are being seriously out-posed by the dudes. JR from Brooklyn stripped his shirt off and did a round of push-ups before posing with David, and Lasaro, who stopped on his way back to work, got nearly completely naked in the street to copy Beckham’s pose. There was even a celeb visitor: Former NBA player (and Basketball Wives reunion host) John Salley stopped by to very maturely ice down Beckham’s junk with a bottle of cold water–funny AND thoughtful!
We snapped some of our favorite poses so we could share them with you.