Super FlyVictor Cruz helped score the championship title for the Giants. Now the salsa-dancing wide receiver is aiming to win Best Dressed.
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"He jumped up on the float. I was almost scared. He ran up, shook my hand and just kept saying 'wow' over and over again," says Cruz, doing a spot-on impression of the kooky rapper.
But it isn't just the sports and music worlds that have been feeling Cruz's mojo. He cut the ribbon to kick off New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center in February, and shortly after received a personal invite from Vogue editrix Anna Wintour to attend the prestigious Met Gala, appropriately referred to by some as the Super Bowl of fashion.
While Cruz unabashedly admits he didn't know what the Met Gala was, Watley confesses it's been on her bucket list and hopes Tom Ford might consider dressing the duo for the event.
"She almost jumped out of her skin when she got the e-mail, but I'm excited for her," Cruz laughs.
Now the wide receiver-whose only foray into fashion up until this point was starting a T-shirt company, Young Whales, with pal Collins and rockin' Jordans no matter the ensemble or destination-is trying to navigate the world of high style.
Will Welch, a senior editor at GQ, was easily charmed by the football star at the Tommy Hilfiger show.
"The guy's at his first-ever fashion show and he looked totally like himself in jeans, a Tommy camo, boots and a striped sweater. He has a winning smile, but he also comes off as genuine," Welch says. "He's confident and humble without being meek or shy."
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The question is, what else could Mr. Personality wear with that smile? Since Cruz is now actively looking for some style advice, Page Six Magazine connected the athlete with stylist to the sports stars Rachel Johnson, who is responsible for turning NBA's biggest ballers, LeBron James and Amar'e Stoudemire, into kings of the fashion court.
"It was a dream to work with Victor," says Johnson, who calls herself a huge Giants fan. "My mantra is that if a man can't wear something with confidence, he can't wear it. He said no to a few things, but I encouraged him to try them anyway. I told him that sometimes you see them on the hanger and they may not translate. But he automatically put them on and said, 'I never would have imagined they'd look like that on!' "
Cruz describes his personal style as high end meets urban À la Jay-Z and Kanye, his two style icons. "It's my kinda style-how Kanye goes out on the edge and does what he wants," he says.