Try as we might to get back into the swing of things after our holiday weekend, we're a little distracted this morning. By our sunburns, sure, but mostly by the new David Beckham Elle UK cover.

Elle UK teased us with a preview video earlier this month -- where we first learned a swimming pool and a dripping wet Becks would be involved -- and finally, we have the real deal.

There are actually two different covers for the magazine's July 2012 issue: the one sent out to subscribers features the hunky soccer player shucking his shirt and stepping out of a pool in dark jeans and not much else. A tamer one, which will hit newsstands, features a more casual, t-shirted Becks.

We'll pore over the actual interview when we get the mag, but for now, we'll settle for this Becks quote: "How would I sum myself up? I don’t know, I prefer other people to do that... erm... a little bit shy."

While David's wife Victoria covered the magazine back in 2005, this is Elle UK's first ever solo male cover -- and we have to say, it's an excellent choice.

Check out the newsstand cover below -- we've been studying it very closely all morning ourselves. You know, in the name of journalism.

david beckham elle cover

See some of Becks' sillier looks below!

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  • The Gaz Coombes

  • The Chris Hemsworth

  • The Mohican/Ferret-On-Head

  • The Toupee

  • The Formal Half-Ponytail

  • The Long-Lost Goss Brother

  • The Ninja

  • The Double Ponytail

  • The Girly/Macho Combo

  • The Hoxton Fing

  • The Corn Rows

  • The Guy Ritchie Mobster

  • The Julian Sands

  • The William Fitzsimmons

  • The World's Prettiest Hard Man

  • The Early Take That

  • The Folky

  • The Musketeer


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