Beckham first man to grace Elle magazine cover

London: Soccer ace David Beckham has become the first man to be featured on the cover of fashion magazine Elle.

"David Beckham is a national hero. 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," magazine editor Lorraine Candy was quoted as saying by

"Anyway, who doesn`t want to see a picture of one of the world`s most handsome man on the front cover of a magazine? It will be a collector`s issue," she said.

Beckham was photographed by Doug Inglish for the magazine and will feature in a 11-page spread.