Beckham strips down to his undies for Armani again

Thu Jun 11, 2009 8:00pm EDT
 
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By Josie Cox and Martina Fuchs

LONDON (Reuters) - A day after fleecing Andorra 6-0, English soccer star David Beckham launched a new underwear campaign for the Giorgio Armani fashion label.

Beckham said he was "proud but a little embarrassed" by the colossal billboard photograph of himself in nothing but a pair of tight, black briefs emblazoned with the Emporio Armani eagle logo, which now looms over London's Oxford Street retail hub.

The 34-year-old Beckham, currently on loan to AC Milan from the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team, and his Spice Girl wife, Victoria, have stripped down before for Armani campaigns.

The photograph shows the English sex symbol naked except for the underpants, perched on a chair with his legs spread. A braided rope is draped around his torso and partially covers his tattooed arms.

"He's gorgeous," raved 18-year-old model Georgia Palmer, one of hundreds of fans who turned up to witness Beckham's three-minute appearance, despite a citywide tube strike that plunged large parts of the British capital into chaos.

Fans in the crowd were mostly appreciative of the photograph, though some were more impressed by his football prowess than the media hype for this latest underwear campaign.

"I preferred him last night on the pitch," said 8-year-old Ben-Jasper from Germany, who stumbled upon the crowd of onlookers while exploring London on a family holiday.

(Editing by Paul Casciato)

 
<p>England footballer David Beckham smiles at an event to promote the Emporio Armani men's underwear collection outside Selfridge's department store, in London June 11, 2009. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor</p>