Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 at 11:00 am  |  128 responses

Kobe Bryant’s Stylist Explains the Pictures

Mamba’s style guy tells the LA Times that the look they were going for here, was a mix of Tupac and Epic Fail. Or something to that effect: “Kobe was amazing to work with because he was cool with everything. He trusted us. We took a picture and he liked it so we kept going. We wanted to do a picture with a hat because the photographer wanted to do everything in white. I didn’t want to use accessories that would look too retro. Let’s do it in a cool, young way because that’s what Kobe is. He’s a cool, young and successful athlete. I wanted to give a modern approach. I was thinking of [rapper] Tupac [Shakur] where I put a band underneath in the hat to make it look hip-hop, but … it translates in a surreal look where it creates a strong image. It was something that hasn’t been done before. It’s mixing the inspiration of Tupac and a gentleman with a white hat … a mix of a hip-hop and a conservative look.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Tupac and Epic Fail. LOL

  • namik

    …no. Still don’t get why the f*ck Kobe did it. Stick to basketball Kob!

  • kh

    not a good look for anyone. not even a “cool, young successful athlete.”

  • neaorin

    Somebody should lose their job over that one.

  • MikeC.

    They made him look like the choreographer from Blades of Glory.

  • http://CourtCred.com Coop

    Dude was wayyyyyy off with trying to pull off a Tupac look for Kobe

  • ENDS

    WOOOOOW! you cant take pictures like this before the playoffs! Shaq is still around he’ll destroy you. put it on a summer jam screen.

    I can pinpoint the exact second when the demise of Kobe Bryant started…

  • keify34

    Kobe Bryant: Where listening to your stylist ends up making you look as homosexual as humanly possible, happens.

  • ENDS

    PLus Thats not pac. thats an old cliff robinson sweat band

  • Teara

    How dare you insult Tupac like that? SMH. Kobe’s photoshoot was definitely an EPIC FAIL.

  • Dirtybird

    This makes me think of the 50 Cent pic with the scarf blowing, lol

  • Largo

    Slam do NOT go looking for this stylist. I will stop buying your magazine on the spot.

  • barry melrose

    How the heck did Kobe like the picture and want to keep going? I can’t stop laughing at these pictures, especially the gay pilgrim picture.

  • vtrobot

    john amaechi and i think these pictures are fine. ha ha ha ha. oh mamba, the one with the hat is truly priceless. inside the NBA had better use a couple of these when they create the “gone fishin’” shots for the fakeshow.

  • http://slamonline.com Krishan

    “It’s mixing the inspiration of Tupac and a gentleman with a white hat”
    This will be forever etched in my mind

  • http://slamonline.com Krishan

    It’s mixing the intensity of B.I.G. and a statesman with a green tie

  • riggs

    thanks for giving me more ammo to use against laker fans kobe!

  • Homie

    I think I recognize hip hop when I see it, and that ain’t it.

  • Fat Lever

    So the white headband brought back images of Tupac? What’s next putting someone in kneepads because it reminds them of Lil Kim? I didn’t think this story could get any funnier. Was I wrong…

  • bill breedley

    That look just made Kobe look gay e!!!!

  • http://thacorner.net/forums Kevin

    LMAO! Kobe’s PR people lost for letting these get out. This dude look moist as hell, the photoshops of these are hilarious

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Um, I don’t know about this one Kobe. Glad you’re secure in your manhood.

  • cramzy

    i used to think Kobe kinda favored Pac in the face but come on son~ you know u wrong for making Kobe look like that~

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    epic fail foshow!!lol

  • Franco

    If George Lucas wanted to add Ethiopean homosexuals in THX 1138…

  • ENDS

    the stylist: “oh Kobe I know what we should do next lets add a bow tie, a Michael Jackson wrap to represent the glove. Short sleeves and lets shve ALL of your facial hair. FABOULOUS!

    (PS No Straight man can ever use the word Faboulous ever again…go ahead try it)

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Just when i thought my worldview could co-exist with the thought of accepting Mambiatch, he goes and does this. Priceless.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Uhm………the headline says it “White Hot Kobe”. Wow.

  • erich

    Co sign everbody.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com TADOne

    ***crying tears of laughter***

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    LeBron will pose in pink fishnets to one-up Kobe.

  • Yesse

    Looks kinda gay to me.

  • Hussman25

    I just hope when he goes to Utah; they show these pick after every miss and during timeouts…

  • http://thacorner.net/forums Kevin

    On one hand though, 2Pac was a ballerina and danced on stage with blow up dolls. So I can see where they wanted the 2Pac comparison

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    Terrific grade-school homophobia on display today, everybody. Great work.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    You kids are aware that “looking like an idiot” is not the same as “looking gay,” right? You don’t? Oh.

  • andrew

    Kobe may have just sneaked past Cristiano Ronaldo.

  • vtrobot

    @ Ryan, I applaud your attempt to keep everyone’s mind open and show support for our gay brothers and sisters. However, in that shot with the hat, it’s one’s opinion that Kobe looks like an idiot. It’s a straight up fact that he resembles a homosexual man. Nothing wrong with that. Just how they dressed him up. I was going to say that ‘Pac could never have looked that gay even with … but you probably don’t want to hear that. Sorry.

  • JoeMaMa

    “Okay Kobe, I know you and your team have been looking for some motivation…and these shots will do that for you. Because nothing short of a championship will erase these pictures from everyone’s mind.” – stylist guy
    P.S. – Ryan, we appreciate your comments. Unfortunately, you’re now on ultra P.C. watch. Comes with taking a stand. I appreciate it.

  • Hangtime Hec

    Oh Slam commentators never let me down. Some real lol material here. But what’s really laughable is that the trousers Kobe was wearing costs 650 dollars. Thats preposterous.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    “Straight up fact that he resembles a homosexual man.” Well, my bad for missing that straight up fact, vtrobot. Just curious: Which homosexual man are you thinking of? Ricky Martin? Senator Barney Frank? All-world Welsh rugby player Gareth Thomas? I know they all look alike, but wondering if there’s one in particular Kobe reminds you of here.
    I’ll wait.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    Joe: Fair enough. BTW, are you related to Yo Yo Ma? That makes you Asian, right? What are you even doing on a basketball site? Everyone knows you people can’t ball.

  • MeloMan222

    This proves what I’ve always know about kobe: he likes fishstd*cks

  • Jonny C

    ryan, he dont look like any gay man in particular, he just looks gay. look at the way he looks, thats the way gay men dress and carry themselves. i think he looks gay in these pics, not like an idiot, but like a gay dude

  • BallerBorn22

    Ugh….I love Kobe,hes my favorite NBA player,but Kobe looks sooooooooooo gay in this outfit,strIGHT Rainbows lol

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    Appreciate you chiming in here, Jonny. I just wish I had a better sense of which gay man. Dwyane Wade shirtless on the cover of GQ? No… Justin Timberlake with a fedora on? Prince, maybe?
    I’m thick, I know, but I’m just not getting this.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    David Beckham in an underwear ad?

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    Or are we maybe using different definitions of “gay”? I’m thinking gay means, “gay,” like homosexual, which can look like pretty much anything, while you guys mean “gay,” like an exaggerated stereotype that implies a lack of masculinity and allows you to feel like more of a man.
    This just occurred to me. I could be wrong.

  • http://joe_c_jr@att.net Joe

    I don’t want to get on Ryan’s watch list ao I’ll go with… effeminate. Very desert chic with the scarf.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    See, that’s closer Joe. As my 5-year-old said when he saw the picture last night: “Is that Kobe? He looks crazy. He’s dressed like a lady, but with a familiar face.”
    If people want to point out that the stylist is almost certainly gay, of course, I have no problem with that. Because stylists are almost always gay. This is statistical fact.

  • Addam

    Now, try reading the stylist’s quote aloud with a lisp. Too Funny.

  • T-Money

    I see what Ryan’s trying to get at, homosexuality is not defined by style, attitude, posture. He does look hella effeminate though. Which is not a good look IMO.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    Somebody tell this guy he “looks gay,” please.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariqُُ

    I don’t think that Kobe looks gay. He just looks like Jem from Jem and the Holograms. (Look it up).

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Ryan; “Gay” was certainly not my first thought when I saw those pictures. “Dressed for slave trade in the late 1600′s” however, was. What was the “stylist” attempting to bring across again? I’m confused.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    Who I believe was straight, Tariq.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariqُُ

    I agree with Ryan that there’s no homogenized image for “the homosexual man.” Although I don’t know why I suddenly feel the urge to listen to “Karma Chameleon”…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Allenp

    I really didn’t get the slave trade angle.
    The picture with the hat and sweatband reminds of old 80s movies with street dancers.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariqُُ

    Yes, Ryan, Jem was straight. Kobe’s image has nothing to with sexuality, it has to do with gender bending.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    What about the term “Metrosexual?” lol

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    Spaceship Jay: I LOL’d at you. Having been on a few photo shoots in my day (2 or 3 with Mr. Bean), I imagine a young, probably homosexual stylist with minimal experience with or prior knowledge of pro athletes hopefully pulling together a wardrobe in advance of the shoot, then feeling like he hit the jackpot when he found a tall, handsome model who was confident enough to try these weird-@ss clothes on. Kobe is pretty game.
    That said, I’ve also been on enough of these to know that the photogs show the pictures to their subjects as they go. Also, Kobe had sat for a makeup person. So Bean knew what the hell he was getting into.
    He couldn’t have predicted the reaction of the Slam comments section, of course. Or maybe he could have.

  • http://nuggetsnation.proboards.com/index.cgi clapzilla

    The First 2 Pictures Don’t Even Look Like Him. He Probably Just Wanted To Stop Steve Nash’s Gloating About Having The Strangest NBA Player Photoshoot Ever. http://www.nba.com/suns/photogallery/nash_gq_shoot.html?curPhoto=3

  • http://dsfjklf.com Jukai

    I live right outside of Manhattan, plenty of game dudes there. I’ve never seen ANY of them wear anything like that. I’m guessing a lot of these cats never met a gay man before.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    The all white with the extra-dark face creeps me out a little. Many a pictures of black men and women looked like that in those times. Maybe its just me.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariqُُ

    Ryan: OK, how’s this: he doesn’t “look gay,” but he looks a lot like Boy George.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    I literally don’t believe I’m typing this, but: What Jukai said.
    I’ve gotta leave. I hope some of you malleable youngsters DO meet some real-life gay dudes before too long. I don’t have time for this. I’m busy raising my own kids.

  • sal35

    A tanned Cristiano Ronaldo?

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Not to get all psycho-analyst on you, but this speaks to a brief article that was wrote in SLAM magazine a long time ago that made me completely understanding Kobe as a person… Which is as him being a complete foreigner to American culture, even in which he’s admitted to be true. The odd grimace, the Jordan emulation, the odd times he uses “slang in interviews”; even the Denver situation speaks to me that he’ll always somewhat be a guy looking from the outside in.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/CathedralsRecords?feature=mhw4 Earl

    Those huge veins look funny sticking out of that gay shirt.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    In which I dub him, Anti-Mike.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    Thanks for remembering that, Jay. I think a lot of it still holds true.

  • OneStep

    I’m not sure why so many “contributors” here have felt the need to express their opinions about Kobe’s look by deriding and insulting the gay community by association. I just think he looks stupid. Not for the first time either.

  • http://www.nba.com/bobcats BETCATS

    What a f*cking b!tch-ass fa&&ot.

  • vtrobot

    @ ryan, i know true equality is one of the more important issues in life and the stereotyping of any people is very wrong and shouldn’t be done. i believe that everyone has the right to live and love however they see fit. that being said, kobe looks like a gay man in that shot with the hat. which gay man? one that doesn’t exist. he looks a ton like kobe, but much gayer. i know that not all gay man look and dress the same. kobe looks like a man who’s proud to be gay and wants the world to know it. actually, i do see your point now, he also looks like a straight man who appreciates dressing up in feminine fashion. let’s settle it: he looks totally bi.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Constructive conversation… Meh.

  • http://joe_c_jr@att.net Joe

    Breakin’ 3?

  • http://www.stuffwhitepeoplelike.com Tarzan Cooper

    Wow, ryan must have some um fancy friends. And theres nothing wrong with that. To each his own. If ur into cornholing, then go ahead about ur business, as long as ur not impeding the rights of others, conhole all u want, that is ur right. Mr bean does look really strange here, he looks as though he is about to sprout some wings and go collect teeth from children, while in his fancy suit

  • http://twitter.com/PDXGayBBall dma

    even i can say it’s homo.

  • http://kdshgjkhsd.com Boing Dynasty

    Even you dma? Then its official.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    to us sports-watchers, kobe obviously looks ridiculous and outlandish; i mean me and my co-worker had a good laugh about it. however i’m curious as to what the fashion world thinks of these pictures. fashions are often ridiculous and outlandish so maybe these are good looks in their eyes? what does Tyra think? what does Vanessa think? what do kobe’s two daughters think? these are important questions that we need answers for.

  • http://www.stuffwhitepeoplelike.com Tarzan Cooper

    Albie, if u mean vanessa as in rev runs daughter, then I have other things to occupy her mind instead of these weird mr bean pictures………….. And as far as the whole kobe wasnt born in usa so he doesnt fully understand the culture explanation, bs. Mr bean has been here for about 20 years right? Thats more than enough to be able to know that those pictures looked really odd and it might have been a good idea to use that superstar veto power. But he didnt, and apparently liked those clothes and pics,so its on him.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariqُُ

    OK, I have to reiterate Ryan’s point for a second: People are conflating a certain image they associate with “flamboyant” homosexuals with homosexuality itself. Wearing a fabulous chiffon blouse with glimmer or something doesn’t make you “gay.” Desiring to suck another man’s c*ck makes you gay. And you can do that in a jeans and t-shirt, as I’m sure Eboy will tell you.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariqُُ

    Like someone said earlier that the pictures of Kobe “looked like another version of Kobe, if Kobe were gay.” It’s as if Kobe can’t look the way he normally looks and be gay too.

  • Robb

    I’m a big Kobe fan and these pics are definitely an Epic Fail. Someone here already said it: the metrosexual version of Spy vs. Spy

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    EPIC FAIL, WTF!! hip-hop? tupac? NO

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    @Tarzan: didn’t even know rev run has a daughter. why did you think the “Vanessa” i mentioned was her? why not Rick Fox’s ex-wife? in any case this Vanessa i mentioned is kobe’s current wife.
    on a related note, anyone here has shown these pictures to their non-sport-watching significant others (you know, the ones who watch entertainment tonight or whatever crap TMZ puts on) and ask them what they think?
    (sidenote: i wonder what Holly thinks…)

  • Rusty

    kobe Bryant – Soft touch

  • http://www.stuffwhitepeoplelike.com Tarzan Cooper

    Albie, cuz u just asked what would tyra think? Then vanessa. Ive watched too much runs house so I know vanessa is a model or fashion designer or some such thing. So thats what came to mind. AND WHERE THE EFF IS HOLLY? She is aware the playoffs are on right?

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    I don’t know, Ryan, something about the pointy nose and the pursed lips, not necessarily the clothes…

  • Tj

    Wow someone set dude up–that picture with the hat!! Lmaoo.

  • http://www.stuffwhitepeoplelike.com Tarzan Cooper

    Ill be the first to defend anyones right to say or do what they want as long as they dont step on others same rights. Jeremy piven,. You people are so cravenly pc that you wouldnt know a good time if it sat on your face. …Look, mr bean let them put those retarded clothes on him, take pictures, and publish those pictures. In said pics he looks like a flaming gay man. Is there anything wrong with being a flaming gay man? No. Are all gay men flaming? No. Does he look like a flaming gay man in those pics? Yes.

  • Dyce

    Ok, I’ve read the comments and Kobe does look gay! Being that I went to FIT for a year I’ve interacted with many a homosexual and have heard them use that term. “You look so gay” today. Even though it is a stereotype being expressed, it still is understood at the point which one is trying to get across when using the expression.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Ryan Jones is a racist.

  • albie1kenobi

    Tarzan, I mentioned Tyra because her and Kobe performed a song together in a show during the 2000 all-star weekend. It’s hilarious. Hopefully it’s on YouTube somewhere

  • ron burgundy

    mona lisa smile…

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    WORD?! $1,080 for a sleeveless t-shirt?!

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Why did “Bruno” not fare half as well as “Borat” in the box office and for critics? Simply because in North America, if there’s one thing that invokes outright ignorant hatred, MORE so than racial/religious/xenophobic bias, it is homophobia.

  • http://www.youtube.com/ The Promise

    Thats so gay, that may cause his team to lose tonight.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Wow, Farmer came in to scold in a humorous way, then BET hit it outta the ballpark, sensitivity be damned.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    Riley: “Y’all n*ggas is gay.”

  • Fruity

    You guys are all craaaaaazy! I absolutely love Kobe’s pics. They’re super fresh and I can’t lie, super sexy.

  • http://www.motherjones.com AndTheJellosJigglin

    Im surprised that this many basketball fans are so familiar with what they deem as “gay style” “gay facial features”?!@Cheryl and what “gay people look like”. You all must really believe the mainstream media’s ridiculously exaggerated portrayal of this stereotype. Or maybe you all are writing some guidelines about it? What’s even more ridiculous is how much time yall spend defending yourselves. Will you all send me your pictures so I know exactly what a bigot looks like?

  • clos1881

    I don’t think kobe looks gay, he looks like a slave working at on of P. diddy white parties in the hamptons.

  • http://dsfjklf.com Jukai

    “And you can do that in a jeans and t-shirt, as I’m sure Eboy will tell you.”
    Man, Tariq had me laughing for maybe a full minute

  • thegfunk

    There are gay players in the league. Rodman was and is a transvestite. What’s so gay about dressing as a woman at a party or wearing makeup and looking feminine. Can we not have fun anymore?
    21st CENTURY everybody get with it. Peace

  • http://www.myspace.com/freedmusic fredd

    what a lame time in the societies … blabla about something so NOT artistic of a guy wearing casual white clothes and … eeee whatever .. ridiculous ….

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Brrt fail.

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  • Jumper

    lets stop being phoney, The first thing that comes to mind is “wow, kobe looks gay in those pics”. No all homosexuals dont look “gay” but some do. LOL

    There you go.


    Kobe did grow up in Italy..He loves that soccer athlete swag…

  • Ali

    This is what happens when you don’t have total control over any and everything associated with
    your name (brand). I’d say they took about 50-100 photos and he told the photographer and editor you pick the best ones for the magazine, I trust you. Hahaha… Ya’ll seen after game 2 interview he was like F*** It! We up 2-0, Hahahaha….

  • http://june7thdonald@netzero.net donlaker

    he looks like a dancer in shalimar(jeffery daniels taught mj to moon walk) or even worse he looks like shabadoo from breaking,,,or did he go solo from the jay z r kelly white tour…. or you must work for puffy and live in the hamptons…..
    what stylist u know his wife told him to do it
    im still on the floor laughing at the tnt national geographic cover very funny…..

  • http://june7thdonald@netzero.net donlaker

    im just glad this 80 s breaking 1 , 2, and 3 wardrobe stealing stylist didnt bust out the mc hammer pants
    fyi kobe had a song wjth kyra banks k.o.b.e
    and i have a remix of destinys child bills bills bills
    with kobe doin the rap/break i have been offered 50 bucks for this promo 12″ im still laughing at the gay comparisons because in the new wave 80 s every wanna be rapper/breakdancer dressed like this ask ice t
    r.i.p. radiotron club in downton l.a.

  • money

    looks like a gay slave. them pictures is terrible ad have nuthin to do with hip hop. and why would they make kobe look like pac?

  • T-Money

    BTW, what was Wayne tryijng to get at on “A Milli” when he spits: “On some fagg-t boy sh-t, call em Dennis Rodman”???

  • L

    Those pics look to me real stylish, sophisticated but cool and fresh. Congrats to kobe to have the open mind to do those kind of things. It don’t suprise me that you guys are hatin on those looks. You american have no sense of what fashion is all about..L

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  • http://www.motherjones.com AndTheJellosJigglin

    @vtrobot. You just dont get it, so dont pretend to, youre just embarrassing yourself with your contradictions.

  • http://p p

    he reminds me of the cats that puts on the “blackface”

  • http://IJustWantMyNameToLookBig.com Chukaz

    Fisher’s reaction to the pictures was priceless. “Are these real photos?” classic

  • Jonny C

    my god, if people seriously dont understand how gay those pics look, then you will never understand. yeah, its true, some gays are on the down low, they wear jeans and a tshirt and are gay. im just saying though, he looks gay in those pics, and i think thats the majority opinion here. metrosexual might be a better word, but a metrosexual is a man who looks feminine, and many gay guys do pull off the feminine look, not all, but many, just a generalization. if looks mean nothing, then how about i wear a dress and makeup and lipstick, and tell me that i look like a straight man?

  • Jrooks

    How come yall didnt post my comments?

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  • Jrooks

    Kobe is a stunt devil for little richard in gay movies.

  • Jrooks

    Kobe is a stunt devil for little richard in gay movies. .

  • Jrooks

    Kobe look like he pick cotton for elton john.

  • Jrooks

    Kobe look like he pick cotton for elton john..

  • Rikson

    Men, who talk about style all day are gay….