Maxim used to be a glorified skin mag, what with its penchant for naked women. Women, you’ll remember, who were usually naked for no apparent reason. They weren’t showering, or dancing to Taylor Swift in their kitchens. Maxim used to be an excuse to disrobe womankind, but things they are a changin’.
And that has a lot to do with the appointment of Kate Lanphear as editor-in-chief at the men’s magazine. She has not only refined the look of the publication, but she’s now put a man on the cover. That man is none other than Idris Elba, the hot-as-heck actor you might remember from The Wire, The Big C and Luther (to name a few).
“We’ve never in U.S. Maxim history had a man on the cover solo,” Kate Lanphear told Racked. “This is the very first time, and there was no one else in the world more bad-ass than Idris.”
You hear that men? You’re not as bad-ass as you thought you were. Idris Elba is top dog. And he’s got the cover to prove it.