Ryan Lochte recreates iconic Nirvana album cover art for mag photoshoot

Last Updated: Thu, Feb 07, 2013 06:50 hrs

Ryan Lochte has recreated the iconic cover of Nirvana's 1991 album 'Nevermind' for ESPN The Magazine's music issue.

The Olympic swimmer posed underwater to recreate the album art in a photo shoot for the inaugural issue of the sports magazine out February 18, the New York Daily News reported.

The original cover depicted a naked infant swimming toward a dollar bill floating on a fishing line.

Lochte is more covered up than the wee one, but otherwise remains faithful to the original controversial shot.

"If you look at the baby, he's definitely happy in the water. And that's what I am," Lochte explained in a behind the scenes video of the shoot.

Lochte isn't the only athlete who participated in the album art switch.

The magazine featured 13 other athletes posing as their musical doppelgangers.

NFL stars Trent Richardson, LaMarr Woodley, and Marshawn Lynch banded together to channel Run-DMC, donning black leather jackets, fedoras, chunky 1980s-style glasses and gold chains. Woodley, a linebacker for Pittsburgh, even sported faux facial hair to remain faithful to the hip-hop group's look.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman worked his best Michael Jackson in a white suit for the 'Thriller' cover remake. He even got cozy with a baby tiger.

Soccer star Alex Morgan struck a sultry pose in an idyllic summer scene to emulate Katy Perry's cover for 'One of the Boys.' (ANI)

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