Yi Jianlian Has A September Issue
Sure, LeBron appears to be wearing jeggings (jean-leggings, c’mon folks) in his recent GQ spread. Good for him. But did they make a movie out of the production of GQ’s September issue? Nope. They did for Vogue … and guess what Washington Wizard happens to be in the September issue of Vogue. Why, Yi Jianlain no less.
First, let’s get a couple things out of the way. Yes, my lovely girlfriend once took me to see the ‘September Issue’ movie (Remember when Caron Butler said he didn’t have to ‘justify his thug’ when he went to see the ‘Sex and the City’ movie … Yea, that thing, I guess.) And yes, the same lovely girlfriend bought this year’s September issue of Vogue featuring Yi.
The piece, featuring him posing with several celebrities (with Pharrell on his page, other pages feature the likes of Usher, the Olsen twins, Naomi Watts, Dakota Fanning and Christina Ricci), amongst inter-spaced models, is supposed to be about ‘Fashion Night Out,’ which, as explained to me, is when fashion stores in Manhattan stay open late (other cities do this too), celebrities/models make appearances, and people shop.
Of course, I’m not quite sure what the idea is for Yi. Is he to shop in a generic NBA uniform? Why doesn’t he get to dazzle in high fashion like the others? (For what it’s worth, the spread features one other athlete in uniform, Henrik Lundqvist, goalie for the New York Rangers … but he looks like he was dipped in a vat of cologne and boofed with a high-tech blow drier, with a smirk to boot. Yi just looks like he’s making a face that’s officially endorsed by the Chinese government.)
Vogue, I’m disappointed. At least Lundqvist was mentioned and quoted in the write-up that accompanied the photo shoot … Yi’s name didn’t even make it, aside from on the photo caption, which does indicate that he’s a member a the Wizards, when he was clearly photoed as a New Jersey Net.
Oh well, I guess it’s better to have Vogued and not be mentioned, than to never have Vogued in the first place.
[Yi Jianlian with model Kirsi Pyrhonen]