But magazine analyst Samir Husni believes the photo was deliberately provocative, adding that it "screams King Kong." Considering Vogue's influential history, he said, covers are not something that the magazine does in a rush.
"So when you have a cover that reminds people of King Kong and brings those stereotypes to the front, black man wanting white woman, it's not innocent," he said.
O'Connell, the Vogue spokesman, declined further comment.
In a column at ESPN.com, Jemele Hill called the cover "memorable for all the wrong reasons." But she said in an interview that the image is not unusual — white athletes are generally portrayed smiling or laughing, while black sports figures are given a "beastly sort of vibe."
For example, former NBA star was depicted breaking free of neck and wrist shackles on the cover of Sports Illustrated. graced the cover of Rolling Stone with horns poking out of his forehead and his red tongue hanging out.
Images of black male athletes as aggressive and threatening "reinforce the criminalization of black men," said Damion Thomas, assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology at .
But others say the image show James' game face — nothing more. And they note that Bundchen hardly looks frightened.Bikin fashion, Beauty girl, Girl Beauty, Bikini girl, gai xinh, Fashion Designers