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!