Itâs been more than a month since the entire world learned that Tiger Woods, wellâhas some issues. Since that fateful car crash in Florida weâve gone through the usual steps of celebrity scandal; here’s a quick recap: denial, conflicting news reports, the âallegedâ but damning evidence, aka the women, confession/apology (or was that apology/confession?) and deluge of celebrity magazine covers.
Now we are on step 7, which is provocative Vanity Fair cover photo by celeb photographer Annie Leibovitz. While Woods remains in hiding in real life, he appears shirtless on the upcoming February cover and various media outlets are buzzing. As WWD writer Amy Wicks notes, thisâa semi-nude photo shoot from January 2006âmay be on Woodsâ growing list of regrets.
This isnât of course the first time famed-photographer Leibovitz has gotten people talking with her provocative Vanity Fair covers and photos; her 1991 nude Demi Moore cover is now iconic and 2008âs Miley Cyrus semi-nude shot that was âmisinterpretedâ created major buzz.
Only time will tell how much buzz Leibovitzâs Tiger Woods cover will generate; covers featuring Tiger on tabloids and celeb lifestyle magazines didnât fare as well as magazine publishers had hoped. On the Vanity Fair site, Leibovitz said of the photos, âTiger is an intensely competitive athleteâand quite serious about his sport. I wanted to reveal that in these photos. And to show his incredible focus and dedication.â
Along with the cover photo, writer Buzz Bissinger contributes the cover story âTiger in the Rough.â The upcoming issue is out on newsstands in L.A. and New York tomorrow and nationwide next Tuesday.