In case you missed it, People has named David Beckham 2015’s Sexiest Man Alive. It’s a little surprising that it’s taken them this long, to be honest. Beckham invaded our shores nearly eight years ago, and was well-known even before that, thanks to his high-profile marriage to my third-favorite Spice Girl, Victoria (aka Posh). Oh, and something about sports? Although men do tend to improve with age (those jerks); a little sparkle of silver at the temples can certainly turn a dude from “Meh, I guess” to “He can get it!”
While I’m definitely not calling Beckham ugly, there is a certain predictability to his being honored. Of the 29 men who have been named Sexiest Man Alive over the years, all but one were white. One! It was Denzel Washington in 1996. I mean, for goodness’ sake, Nick Nolte has won before, but not one Latino? Really? People is clearly fishing from a very small pond; Johnny Depp, George Clooney, and Brad Pitt have each won twice. We get it, People, you think they’re dreamy. But let someone else have a chance for one, huh? Sure, Hollywood is shockingly white, but if you dig just a tiny bit, you’ll find a ton of men of color who are just as deserving as Beckham, if not more so. Time for some eye candy — aka a bunch of hot AF dudes who should be seriously considered next time around.
1. Taye Diggs
You might recognize this dazzling smile from Grey's Anatomy or the TNT series Murder in the First. Or even (real throwback here) How Stella Got Her Groove Back.
2. Antonio Banderas
What's that, children? You want to watch Spy Kids again? If you insist. Banderas also stars in the new film 33, based on the truly insane story of the Chilean miners who were trapped underground for several months back in 2010.
3. Gael García Bernal
The Mexican-born actor is best known for Y Tu Mamá También. (And for being seriously adorable.)
4. Harry Shum, Jr.
Glee's Mike Chang may not have been the best singer, but his dancing skills are sick.
5. Jason Momoa
Game of Thrones fan who are still mourning the loss of Khal Drogo can look forward to seeing Momoa star in Aquaman in 2018.
6. Ricky Martin
The singer has been a bona fide heartthrob since his early eighties stint in the boy band Menudo.
7. John Cho
Would you rather... Harold or Kumar?
8. Adam Rodriguez
I mean, Magic Mike XXL. Come on, now.
9. Will Smith
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air is aging like a fine wine.
10. Pedro Pascal
Um, can Game of Thrones stop killing the cute ones, please?
11. Blair Underwood
Real talk: why would Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Agent May ever leave this guy?
12. Sendhil Ramamurthy
Basically the only reason to watch Heroes Reborn.
13. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
I'm all set with wrestling, but his Instagram is adorable!
14. Daniel Dae Kim
He stole your heart on Lost, and you didn't even speak the same language. You can catch him on Hawaii Five-O these days.
15. Morris Chestnut
Chestnut currently stars on Fox's Rosewoood, as a charming, devastatingly handsome man. Typecasting!
16. Godfrey Gao
The Taiwanese-born Canadian model and actor isn't very well known in the U.S. yet (unless you've seen The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones?), but that clearly needs to change.
17. Naveen Andrews
Got Netflix? Swoon over Andrews while watching the fantastic Wachowski series Sense8.
18. Nestor Carbonell
I gotta say, Lost really killed it with their casting! The magical Richard now stars on A&E's Bates Motel.
19. Michael Ealy
He's played a robot on Almost Human, a serial killer on The Following, and a psychopath in The Perfect Guy. Still would.
20. Steven Yuen
Little baby Glenn the pizza boy has come a long way since Season 1 of The Walking Dead. (Please be alive!)
21. Raza Jaffrey
You'll recognize Jaffrey from Homeland if you spring for Showtime. I recognize him from Code Black, because I do not. This picture, however, is free for everyone to enjoy.
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