The Olympics craze has hit the fashion industry, and Latinos are in the lead.
Six-time Olympic-medal-winner, Ryan Lochte, was dubbed the fourth man to ever grace the cover of Vogue magazine, alongside soccer player Hope Solo and tennis champ Serena Williams. The June issue of Vogue featured model Karlie Kloss with America’s top male Olympians, including Lochte, Jonathan Horton, Ashton Eaten, twins Bob and Mike Bryan, and Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade.
Lochte is not the only Olympian to be featured in Vogue. First-time Olympian Marlen Esparza is highlighted in the July issue as “America’s best hope for the gold” for the Olympic debut of women’s boxing. The CoverGirl’s complete story is told, from the first time she entered a boxing gym at age eleven to the anticipation of succeeding in London.
“The headgear is like a mask,” said Esparza in the issue. “When you put it on, you feel like you can do anything. You’re not even you anymore.”
And raising the bar is Olympic world champion Danell Leyva in GQ. The Cuban-American is featured alongside six of America’s top gymnasts. Each Olympian is photographed wearing designer-endorsed tanks that are “sportier and more dignified, just like the guys wearing them.”
“I am so proud to be a Cuban. I will always, always be proud of being Cuban,” said Leyva to NBC News. “But being able to compete for the U.S. is a great privilege and a great honor.”