On and off the football field, Odell Beckham Jr. knows how to stand out. Between the one-handed catches, blonde hair, custom cleats, dance moves and music video cameos, it’s hard to miss No. 13.
For proving that fashion just isn’t about what you wear, but how and why you wear it, Beckham was named “The Most Fashionable Athlete of 2018” in the July 16, 2018 issue of Sports Illustrated. It’s SI’s third annual “Fashionable 50” list, dedicated to identifying the world’s most stylish athletes.
Beckham’s sense of style developed long before his one-handed catch against the Dallas Cowboys broke the internet during his rookie season. It started by making a statement with a pink velvet blazer at his middle school dance.
“Everybody was getting their suits and I was wondering, what can I do to be different?” Beckham told Sports Illustrated. “That blazer might have been a size too big at the time, but I just had to have it. To me, it was the hottest thing in the world.”
The “Fashionable 50” is put together by a special panel of stylists, fashion editors, executives and other influencers in the industry and includes the most fashionable athletes in sports right now. This year, it included former Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, who claimed the title as world’s most fashionable athlete for the inaugural “Fashionable 50” back in 2016 (Cruz slid all the way to No. 2 in last year’s issue).
“Odell is still wet behind the ears a little bit, but he’s making it happen,” Cruz joked after grabbing the top spot in 2016. “Odell has his own style, which he’s owning and he’s really taking it to another level.”
As evidenced by this year’s list, it looks like that next level has arrived.
This isn’t Beckham’s first time making the list either. The wide receiver also made the inaugural issue in 2016, and won the “Swag Award” in last year’s edition.
Other NFL athletes to appear on the 2018 list include Seattle’s Russell Wilson, Carolina’s Cam Newton, Philadelphia’s Malcolm Jenkins and Jay Ajayi, Green Bay’s Marcedes Lewis, Cleveland’s Tyrod Taylor, New England’s Tom Brady, Kansas City’s Travis Kelce, and Houston’s DeAndre Hopkins.
Check out Beckham’s behind-the-scenes photo shoot and all the athletes that appear in Sports Illustrated’s 2018 “Fashionable 50” issue.