so here’s just some of the bits and pieces of it that I managed to write down (this is only like ¼ I’ll probably post more later lol)
Geno’s still a rookie getting his first American sponsorship and he’s a nervous bab who barely speaks English yet and is super awkward in front of the camera. So the set or photographer people are like “Hey maybe the shoot would be easier if we added in like, an experienced model to help him?”
“Do we know any models who skate?” Luckily they do, so they call Sid in and Geno just gets more flustered because this is The Most Beautiful Man he has ever seen.
But Sid gives him this big goofy smile and is like “It’s okay, I’ll help you” and suddenly the whole process isn’t nearly as daunting.
The language barrier prevents proper communication yet Sid works around it effortlessly, using gestures and simple words and a lot of encouraging smiles to help Geno learn to relax and loosen up with the cameras on him and look natural when forced to hold weird poses and how to do sportsy stuff while keeping a brand logo in-frame.
Sid is still a huge hockey fan and at the end of it Geno manages to gather enough courage and English to invite him to their next game, promising rink side tickets.
Sid: “Maybe I should get a Malkin jersey to wear, eh?”
Geno, internally: maybe you should marry me
He tries to ~very casually~ ask his manager person if Sid can do other sponsorship shoots with him. He also googles Sid, finds a lot of racy pictures from underwear/perfume/other ads that involve him being shirtless and seductively posed. He saves some to his computer. (He doesn’t know that Sid is off doing the exact same thing just with pictures of Geno from the locker room)
It takes a few more shoots and games and lots of chirping from friends before Sid finally ends up being the one to ask Geno out. Geno had been trying to psych himself up for the same thing and is so relieved Sid did it first and they instantly become a disgustingly in love couple.
There are many jokes to be made about hockey players dating models, but people not expecting the model to be male. And away from the toxic masculinity and heteronormativity of sports and deep in the world of fashion and modeling it’s much easier for Sid to embrace being “pretty” and not-straight.
Sid still has absolutely terrible fashion sense. Sidney “I’m hopeless without a stylist” Crosby. The joy of being a model is that someone else gets to worry about picking out clothes. Like, he knows objectively what’s fashionable because he’s around it, but he doesn’t care and always opts for whatever’s comfiest when he has the choice. It helps him go incognito when no one expects Famous Model Sidney Crosby to be wandering around in crocs, a hoodie, and sweatpants at a Safeway. It also makes for amusing images when he stands around before shoots in a ratty old hoodie and jeans arguing with an already glammed-up female model about whether maroon or burgundy is the new fall color.
He and Geno make a good horrendously dressed pair. But Sid, being the competitive fucker that he is, dresses them up whenever they actually have to attend any sort of event and they go from worst dressed to best dressed in a hot second.
Sid’s competitiveness still comes out in things that are not actually a competition. He has to win, even if it’s not technically possible. Like telling Geno after a show “I totally won that catwalk.”
“You not being ranked, Sid.”
“But if we were, I won.”
Geno’s a competitive little shit too so he thinks it’s endearing. And goes along with Sid deciding they need to be the hottest and most successful couple ever.