People Magazine recently announced the winner of this year’s Sexiest Man Alive. Prior to this announcement, several co-workers and I began discussing previous winners, who would win this year and what it really takes to be crowned “sexiest.” Clearly, physical characteristics are not the only thing it takes, or else Ryan Gosling would have won at least once. (Really? Not even once, People?)
From our anecdotal research of who has won in the past, it seems that the winners have had big years professionally that People can also highlight. Given the consistent importance for us to be in the loop on all things current events, we did some informal research on who could have been chosen this year and placed our bets.
Some of our top picks:
Chris Hemsworth – From the popularity of Thor and The Avengers, Hemsworth has made being a sexy superhero a great point of his career. Perhaps People is holding out for more superhero action before putting Hemsworth into the mix.
Justin Timberlake – This year marked the triumphant return of J.T. to the music scene with the release of “The 20/20 Experience,” his tour with Jay-Z and receiving the Vanguard Award at this year’s VMAs. Timberlake has had a hot year career-wise and now that the *NSYNC-era Ramen noodle curls are “Bye, Bye, Bye,” he has the look, too.
Henry Cavill – While Cavill is just a recent addition to the scene, his turn as Superman has gotten a lot of attention, not to mention his commitment to less than 10 percent body fat. Cavill probably needs a few more years to truly solidify himself as a Sexiest Man contender, but we may see the Man of Steel on top soon.
And the actual winner…
Adam Levine. While I may not have been the biggest fan of this choice, from a People standpoint it was a good decision. They were able to leverage his position and popularity on The Voice to make the announcement during the show’s evening broadcast before the “Sexiest Man Alive” issue went on sale Friday. Between his role on the show, the release of a fragrance, interviews about his fiancée and this summer’s Maroon 5 tour, Levine has made a name for himself beyond being a pretty face. Kudos to you, Mr. Levine.
Who were your picks for “Sexiest Man Alive?”