Seen: Usain Bolt x Joan Smalls x Vogue

May 22, 2012

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Patrick Demarchelierโ€”

The 2012 Summer Olympics are about to bear down on us like humid London fog on a drizzly August afternoon, and Usain Bolt, easily the most heralded and talked-about athlete in the competition, is going to be EVERYWHERE. Vogue recently dispatched stunning, Puerto Rican-born model Joan Smalls to trail the world’s fastest man while a documentary crew and famed fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier captured him amidst speed work training. Where most athletes would keep a low profile during this grueling process, in typical Bolt fashion the sprinter appears to be having the time of his life with his model companion, while taking time to elaborate on his soccer and DJ ambitions with writer,Robert Sullivan. (โ€œI think football is much easier,โ€ Bolt said when asked to weigh the comparative difficulty of playing professional soccer or spinning tunes in Kingston).

The story and photo spread are up on the Vogue site, and they look great. We’ve posted some of our favorites below, but you can check out the story and spread here.