If there’s one thing that James Harden and Russell Westbrook are great at doing together, it’s modeling. GQ, who I imagine has an editor exactly like Justin Timberlake’s character in Friends with Benefits, just dubbed these two as “the most stylish duo in sports“. That was until Greg Olsen teamed up with Russell Wilson.
— GQ Magazine (@GQMagazine) February 18, 2020
Westbrook is not even low key extremely hyped to be on the cover of GQ. If you asked him if he’d rather have a ring or a cover shoot I don’t think Rockets fans will love hearing the answer. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him as happy as he is there shirtless with an animal print silk headband. Certainly was never that happy once in Oklahoma City. I mean, you don’t do a pregame entrance like this if your sights aren’t set on a GQ cover one day.
Russ and The Beard brought the America’s Next Top Model heat to this apparent 300 page spread. With the help of an incredibly talented styling department and some limits on creative control, we only saw one pair of metallic pants.
— Willa Bennett (@willahbennett) February 18, 2020
Not that anyone is going to read the interview that accompanies this, but there’s really some excellent insight here inside the minds of two fashion icons.
Half a million a year on clothes honestly seems pretty low for these guys. I would have guessed at least 10% of their yearly salary…so around $4 mill. Also what a life for Westbrook’s wife. Husband can’t get mad at you for buying 5 new Birkin’s when he just dropped $10K on ripped jeans and some statement glasses that don’t even have a prescription.
Luckily for us, there are more looks in this shoot than an episode of Ru Paul’s Drag Race.
Either these are clothes that Harden and Westbrook had waiting in the closet for the first round of the playoffs, or magazines have suddenly experienced a resurgence in business to afford a wardrobe like this. They even spent the big bucks on the premium backdrops for the senior portrait segment of the photo shoot.
Seriously I paid like $99.95 for a pack of 20 wallet sized portraits of myself back in 2006 that I handed out to every guy I liked to see if expensive professional photography could make me seem more attractive (update: it was not worth it). At least 25 guys in the yearbook had that sitting on a backwards chair fist under the chin pose. I think it was requirement for school photographers to make sure everyone got to show off their range.
The biggest stunt was the outfit deets caption that GQ put under James Harden’s portrait, which was definitely not to show off the watch. It’s so expensive they won’t even tell you how much it costs.
First up GQ cover models, next step Sexiest Men Alive.