Hollywood attracts some of the most incredibly talented, stupidly beautiful and ethnically diverse artists on the planet. This variety of culture should be always be celebrated in every way possible.
Unlike some publications that use flimsy excuses to compile lists of solely white celebrities, Small Screen Girl vows to appreciate the flawless contributions of Hollywood as a whole, not just its white counterparts that uphold one standard of pretty.
If these stunners aren’t on your beauty radar, you may want to drop the ancient “science” and grab an Uber to the nearest LensCrafters.
Here’s are SSG's Most Beautiful Celebrites of Color...
Did you know that an estimated 15% of people who receive flowers on Valentine's Day sent them to themselves? No shade, but honestly thought that they number would be a lot higher because there is literally an app for that. Apparently, being married, having a significant other or really good friends is enough for the other 364 days of the year, but on Valentine's Day, that love must be publicly validated.
There's absolutely nothing wrong with being your own valentine. This Small Screen Girl, lover of rom-coms and hopeless romantic, buys herself flowers all the time. However, if you don't want people to know that you sent yourself that stunningly overpriced bouquet of roses, you will need an alias. Hollywood is positively packed with BAE material, and is the best place to start for inspiration.
Here are 12 celebrities who would make the perfect (imaginary) Valentine.
If you’re even the most lax consumer of entertainment, odds are you’ve seen Mahershala Ali's flawlessness on your big or small screen at least once. His gorgeousness, charisma, insane talents, and love of fashion is more than enough to make this now two-time SAG Award winner this week's #MCM. He’s been mine for more since his breakout role in USA's The 4400 (2004-2007).
The first Monday is May may be ho-hum for us working-stiffs but if you’re among the celebrity elite, it is the Superbowl of fashion events. The annual Met Gala—an event hosted by Vogue Magazine, that celebrates the opening of the fashion exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art—is held in New York City, and it boasts one of the most extreme red carpets of the season.
This year’s theme is “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age Of Technology.” Like contestants on Project Runway, stylists bolted for the nearest metallic dresses and bedazzlers.
This Small Screen Girl, who would happily live in sweatpants if I didn’t have to go to said day job, dies for the sublime moments of wearable art and cringe-worthy moments of horrendous fails. The only edit I have for next year is that there should be actual Anna Wintour-trained fashion police to escort people off the red carpet who dare to show up in regular clothes.
Fittingly, technology only makes the Met Gala coverage better. Thanks to social media, fashionistas across the planet can react to the red carpet chaos in real time, and they wasted no time providing hilarious and merciless commentary on the over-the-top ensembles.
Here are by favorite and most lethal reactions to Met Gala fashion...
Trend alert: Kindness is the new sexy.
Don’t believe me? This Monday's Man Crush will prove it in spades. When he’s not executive producing and starring in his own TV show, Ballers, filming or promoting his latest summer blockbusters like the Baywatch re-boot or Central Intelligence with Kevin Hart, or kicking ass in the WWE ring, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson still manages to be totally crushable.
Last week, a new and fantastic trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier just about obliterated the internet. Between Captain America’s angsty voiceover, T’Challa/Black Panther in all of his big cat glory, and Bucky Barnes’ remorseless attempt to shoot Tony Stark in the face (!!!), I’ve all but memorized every frame. The trailer draws battlelines between Team Cap and Team Iron Man. Which side am I on? The hottest one, of course!
If you think an expanding baby bump dooms you to two trimesters of chaste, tent-esque maternity clothes, then you haven’t seen model and TV personality and mom-to-be Chrissy Teigen on a red carpet.
Teigen, who is expecting a daughter with husband John Legend, is redefining pregnancy chic by clinging to fashion staples—leather, heels and denim shorts—and embracing her growing bump.
Check out Chrissy’s dynamic pregnancy style!
Small Screen Girl Confession: I’m not a Star Wars fan. Growing up, the movies were the endless obstacle between me and my cartoons. Fast forward a decade or two, and I still don’t know the difference between the Millennium Falcon and a Death Star. And is a Sith Lord a fancy Darth Vader?
However, I finally found a reason to love the franchise, and it’s definitely not because of the carpet-bombing of promotional product tie-ins (How did survive without Star Wars-themed tea-infusers, fruit, barbecue utensils, computers or condoms?). It’s star Lupita Nyong’o’s one-woman parade of fashion that she has brought to nearly every promotional event and premiere for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" from Mexico City to London and beyond. From sweetly simple to futuristic fierceness, a fashion icon she is.
Check out all of her out-of-this-world styles below!
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This week, People Magazine gave retired soccer player David Beckham the honor of being their “Sexiest Man Alive.” And while David Beckham makes the some ladies swoon, I was totally underwhelmed by the choice. But I almost always am, and it's not a big deal. It’s all innocent fun, right?
It's actually indicative of a very big problem: all of People's sexiest men, save for Denzel Washington in 1996, have been white. This speaks to a much larger trend in Hollywood and mainstream media that works to reinforce the exclusionary European standard of hotness.
The magazine has been crowning Hollywood’s hottest since 1985—a pre-crazy Mel Gibson got the first honor—and they have celebrated everyone from Harry Hamlin (???!) to Brad Pitt and George Clooney twice to last year’s Chris Hemsworth, according to Buzzfeed.com.
For a country that prides itself on being a cultural melting pot, America's cup runneth over with gorgeous celebrities of all ethnicities just begging to be celebrated. So here are my picks for the Hollywood’s Sexiest Men...in no particular order. If I forgot your favorite, hit up the comments below!