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Idris Elba Graces Maxim Magazine’s First Ever Cover Without Women

Question: Why does he have so much clothing on a Maxim cover, though?

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Okay, well. Holy crap, Idris Elba. As if we didn’t love you enough already, here you are casting that special #brand of smolder that only you’ve got.

Kudos to Maxim Magazine’s first ever cover that features a male, alone, without women as accessories or anything. Cheers to that. Kind of a low bar, but whatever! Y’all made a great pick for this first.

There’s really nothing more we can say that wouldn’t just be getting in the way of more photos… so, here you go.

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