04.24.08 10 years ago 18 Comments

I tried to avoid this story because it's an obvious ploy for attention and — even worse — it's about hockey, but here it is: New York Rangers bad boy Sean Avery will serve as an unpaid intern at Vogue magazine this summer, meaning that he's moving from one dying industry right into another.

Avery, who makes $2 million a year with the Rangers and has cavorted with starlets since his days with the Los Angeles Kings, initiated the contact with Vogue editor Anna Wintour. "He is ridiculously obsessed with fashion," Avery's publicist Nicole Chabot told "He loves it more than anything in the world. It's something he has always wanted to do."

Chabot admits Avery is an agitator in the "old-style" of hockey and a "blabber mouth," but off ice the player is "surprisingly articulate, creative and savvy," she said. He's also charming, she noted. "There is not a woman that doesn't fall in love with him in five minutes."

Chabot must not be up to speed on her blog-reading, because Sean Avery is pretty much the only dude to ever get turned down by Paris Hilton.

And dude, I don't care how much you love Project Runway, no straight man — even a millionaire sports star — should ever try to brave the Vogue offices.  Those stylish, thin creatures working there only look like women; they've long since lost any connection to humanity.  It's like going to work in a beehive, if you filled a beehive with cats.

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