Idris Elba Is People Magazine‘s Sexiest Man Alive … But What Took Them So Long?
Idris has been the Sexiest Man Alive in our hearts since day one.
Here’s on election win we can all agree on: British smoke show Idris Elba has finally been named People Magazine‘s Sexiest Man Alive. The news is not shocking, especially to anyone with eyes, because Idris Elba has been a massive crush object ever since he landed stateside playing Stringer Bell on The Wire.
Elba announced the news on Instagram, where he also encouraged people to vote in the midterms because our man is politically minded.
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Who’d have thought it! Thank you @people & all the fans for naming me #SexiestManAlive. Don’t forget to grab your issue this week, link in bio. I’m honoured & thankful. But what’s even more important is your vote in the midterm elections. Your vote can make a difference! 👊🏾
Elba’s naming comes after years of fans campaigning for the actor, who has appeared in the issue several times but never made the cover. His rabid fan base has also been rooting for Elba to take over the role of James Bond once Daniel Craig wraps his run as the international spy.
But why has it taken so long for this universally agreed-upon hottie to claim his rightful sexy throne? The answer, of course, is racism. People has been running the Sexiest Man Alive list since 1985, when Mel Gibson (oof, this list hasn’t aged well) was named the inaugural Sexiest Man. Since then, only three (three!) men of color have made the magazine cover: Keanu Reeves in 1994, Denzel Washington in 1996 and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in 2016.
Aside from racial bias, Elba has yet to have his massive breakout role. Sure, he has appeared in big franchise films like Star Trek Beyond and he’s well known to MCU fans as Heimdall in the Thor films, but these are not leading roles. 2017’s Stephen King adaptation The Dark Tower was meant to vault Elba to leading man status but performed poorly at the box office. The romantic drama The Mountain Between Us also had a less than enthusiastic box office run.
But given Elba’s acting talents, good looks and natural charisma, he’s sure to find the right project to showcase his talents. Maybe it will be Hobbs and Shaw alongside The Rock and Jason Statham. Maybe it will be his upcoming role as Macavity in Cats (okay, probably not). In the meantime, I’m choosing to see Elba’s Sexiest Man Alive title as a good omen for today’s elections. Twitter has already jumped on the bandwagon.
If Blake Shelton got voted out by Idris Elba today we can take the rest of this shitstorm all the way, fam. #vote
— Emily Andras (@emtothea) November 6, 2018
Idris Elba rightfully winning sexiest man alive after Blake Shelton stole it last time gives me a lot of hope for this Election Day
— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) November 6, 2018
It’s not “taco trucks on every corner,” but Idris Elba has his rightful crown and it’s Election Day. Let’s right ALL the wrongs. https://t.co/NgPSZ8L7uR
— shauna (@goldengateblond) November 6, 2018
If you’re in line to vote, stay in line and make sure everyone around you knows Idris Elba is the sexiest man alive.
— R. Eric Thomas (@oureric) November 6, 2018
(via People Magazine, image: STEFANIE LOOS/AFP/Getty Images)
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