It’s been a long time since we could all agree that People‘s Sexiest Man Alive is someone who is actually, well, sexy. Not just sexy to people with a particular preference or of a certain age but, rather, a man that women, and some guys, want to be with, and all dudes want to be. That’s right, 2018’s Sexiest Man Alive is none other than Idris Elba.
Does there need to be any explanation as to how he got the title? Nope. LOOK AT HIM. The only problem with it? It took so damn long. His hotness is undeniable and has been for years. Whether it’s purely superficial (that face, that body, those greys, that accent), you love his movies and TV shows, his adoration for his kids and wife, the way he tells a bedtime story or how he used his new platform to encourage people to get out and vote, Idris is sexy personified.
And the Internet couldn’t agree more.
— Megan Sass (@Megan_Sass) November 6, 2018
Who’d have thought it: EVERYONE.
— megan, rhymes with vegan (@meganjlarson) November 6, 2018
— Samantha Highfill (@samhighfill) November 6, 2018
Is this a harbinger of the return of sense and goodness to our timeline? MAYHAPS SO. https://t.co/Pu07yEJsBU
— Jill Weinberger (@jillybobww) November 6, 2018
— Melanie321 (@Mellie4Justice) November 6, 2018
— Kurt (@tigers182) November 6, 2018
And Idris isn’t going anywhere.
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Before him, there were decades of Sexiest Men. But were the men from the last decade as sexy as Idris? Here’s a reminder; you be the judge:
Idris Elba is officially the Sexiest Man Alive, but we all knew that already
Blake Shelton, 2017The country star, who is easy on the eyes and hilarious, was his usual self-deprecating self when he learned he was chosen. "Y'all must be running out of people," he told the mag. "Like, wow, we're down to somebody who is somewhat symmetrical." That's pretty sexy.Getty Images
Dwayne Johnson, 2016You gotta love a former bad boy turned good — all while looking good.Getty Images
David Beckham, 2015He's an amazing father, supportive husband and he's pretty to look at.Getty Images
Chris Hemsworth, 2014He's handsome, hunky and hilarious, but what truly makes him sexy is he's a happily married (to model Elsa Pataky) devoted father of three. Come on, there's nothing sexier than a man who shows his love for his wife and kids, time and time again.Getty Images
Adam Levine, 2013He croons with Maroon 5, kicks butt on The Voice, is married with two daughters, and he can always brag to Blake that he got the title first.Getty Images
Channing Tatum, 2012On a professional level, he was a lock, and on a gossip level, he was a safe bet, plus we will never listen to Ginuwine's "Pony" the same ever again. And that's all thanks to Channing.Getty Images
Bradley Cooper, 2011At the time, he was considered a controversial pick (there was a hardcore campaign from Ryan Gosling fans that year) but look at B-Coop now. Sexy as hell.Getty Images
Ryan Reynolds, 2010Reynolds was fresh off The Proposal when People picked him — and he's only gotten sexier with age, thanks to his wicked sense of humour.Getty Images
Johnny Depp, 2009Depp has received the honour twice — in 2003, the year the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie debuted, and again in 2009, when the third one came out. Hard workers are totally hot.Getty Images
Hugh Jackman, 2008Hugh sings, he dances, he can be romantic, he can be funny, he can be serious and he can claw your eyes out. Also, he's an adoring husband and loving father — what's not to love?Getty Images