david-beckham-elle-uk-cover-1.jpgWe have been anticipating this cover since April and now finally girls it is here! David Beckham's début cover for Elle UK magazine has been revealed for the first time.

As the first male model to grace the publication, David was tapped to help celebrate the sporting world in time to mark the 2012 London Olympics. Wearing a cut-off grey sweatshirt, the hunky footballer shows off his major ink work as he poses against a poolside backdrop.

"He is an icon and Elle is known for featuring icons on its cover. This is a first for us on the newsstand and I believe he is loved by men and women alike. Anyway, who doesn't want to see a picture of one of the world's most handsome men on the front cover of a magazine? It will be a collector's issue," said Elle's Lorraine Candy.

"I'm honoured to have been asked to be the first ever solo male fashion cover," Beckham said recently.

As a recent designer for H&M, David is fast building a fashion empire alongside that other famous Beckham - his wife Victoria. Earlier this month we gave you a video sneak peek at the photo shoot for Becks' cover and editorial shoot. Check it out here. While you're at it, scoop the unbelievable subscriber's cover below. I think the word "phwoar" just about sums it up!