Well, nothing against People Magazine but it's surprising they haven't found many men of color sexier in more than 3 decades of the publication, since 4th March 1974 to be more precise. However, with Idris Elba, its a step in the right direction. Idris Elba, great actor, person and above all a fantastic role model to men of color. I personally loved him in the film: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. He did a spectacular job as Nelson Mandela.
Idris Elba has been named People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive. Tide has turned indeed for men of color as they become desirable "now" to warrant a title that has ignored the beauty in black far too long. A big win for celebrating the diversity of color besides the diversity of thought, experience, and imagination.
Idris beautifully puts it all together piece by piece, although not from his recent elevation, relevant nonetheless:
"I’m not here to talk about black people; I’m here to talk about diversity. Diversity in the modern world is more than just skin color. - it’s gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, social background, and - most important of all, as far as I’m concerned – diversity of thought."
Quoted from ET Online:
“My agent and I, we’d get scripts and we were always asked to read the ‘black male’ character. Or ‘the athletic type’”. “But when a script called for a ‘black male,’ it wasn’t describing a character. It was describing a skin color. A white man -- or a Caucasian -- was described as ‘a man with a twinkle in his eye.’ My eyes may be dark, but they definitely twinkle! (Ask the Mrs…) And I was like, ‘I wanna play the character with a twinkle in his eyes!’” - Idris Elba
Hear him out:
Pity, the James Bond franchise should have let itself go in a new direction, but they didn’t. And look at the opportunity they missed! Go Elba! Idris Elba!
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