Ryan Lochte recreated Nirvana's famous Nevermind album cover for the new issue of ESPN The Magazine ... but something's clearly missing here.

While the original cover from 1991 featured a naked baby swimming after a dollar bill in a swimming pool, Lochte's interpretation is lacking in nudity!

Instead, the Olympian is seen in a pair of Speedos ... which, considering this is ESPN and not Playgirl, should have been expected.

The swimmer is also seen goofing around in a few outtakes from the upcoming Music Issue, which hits on newsstands Friday.

And while it's hard to deny that Lochte is a looker, watching his behind-the-scenes video from the shoot is, at times, painful to watch.

Yes, he even messed up his own name, called Nirvana "Nirc-vana" and dropped gems like "The cover is definitely worldwide" and "He's [the baby] chasing after the dollar bill, so he's always on the grind."

Good thing he's pretty.

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