Why Tom Hiddleston Should Be People‘s Sexiest Man Alive For 2012

Tom Hiddleston People Sexiest Man Alive 2012 fan petition Loki HiddlestonersWhen People revealed its Sexiest Man Alive for 2011, there was a public outcry when they chose Bradley Cooper over the beloved and memeworthy Ryan Gosling. (BuzzFeed even protested outside People‘s offices.) But with half a year til the next male celebrity is crowned, there could be an even greater upset: Tom Hiddleston‘s fans have fervently nominated the man we’ve come to know and love both in his role as Loki in The Avengers and just for being himself.

What all of the Sexiest Men share is that they’re the archetypal Hollywood hunk: Chiseled features, sexy pout, and very, very mainstream. The only one with somewhat geeky cred is Johnny Depp, and his projects can be described as more “weird” and “artsy” than actually geeky. So, Tom is definitely not what People‘s typical choice would be… and yet, he’s perfect for it.

I’m jumping on the bandwagon that “Hiddlestoners” Michelle Panfile and Michelle Higgens started, so let’s talk about their petition first. Since they published the petition in mid-June, they’ve collected nearly 3,500 signatures from like-minded folks who want to celebrate this slender Brit with the toothy grin for his understated sexiness. The preamble is so heartfelt and convincing that I have to copy and paste it:

Sexy by definition is handsome, physically appealing and exciting. But sexy is so much more than that. It’s the way a person moves, the way they speak, what they stand for, what they do and how they live. It’s a fierce intelligence that amazes you with its insight. It’s a sense of humor that creates laughter as easily as it relishes it. It’s a joyful laugh and a perfect smile. It’s a friendly, pleasant demeanour and a welcoming personality. It is a man who speaks several languages, works tirelessly for his craft and likes to dance.

Wow, they’re right. More pragmatically, the Michelles also point out that it would behoove People to jump on this guy considering his dedicated Twitter and Tumblr followings. After all, he is one of the ten most popular tags on Tumblr! It’d be pretty stupid to ignore that kind of fanbase. Overall, however, Hiddleston deserves it because of that understated sexiness I mentioned above: Here you have a guy who’s toiled away in obscure stuff for years before getting famous from Midnight in Paris and Thor. He graciously interacts with fans, is a real smart cookie (he graduated from Cambridge), does incredible impressions, and is adorable when he laughs.

Sure, he’s way different from the George Clooneys and Matt Damons, but with the shift to “geek chic” and films like The Avengers and The Hunger Games getting their due, 2012 needs a different kind of Sexiest Man Alive. They can switch back to mainstream for 2013. God knows they’ll have enough cookie-cutter candidates for that.

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    • Lena

      He should totally be nominated, he has the most beautiful smile and eyes I’ve ever seen, he’s a great actor and has the most charming personality in Hollywood, and, come girls, who can resist that English accent. He has nothing to envy to other Hollywood hunks.

    • Paola

      If Tom is nominated ,and also wins i´m gonna believe again in People.Come on this guy is beautiful and has lots of charisma.Personally i like George Clooney, Jhonny Deep so i usully like the guys that have something special,by the way last year Bradley Cooper over Ryan Gosling? maybe because he is more handsome but Ryan is more talented.So this is my opinion.

    • Korilyn

      I absolutely agree with all of the above. Tom is…an incredible man. Even if he didn’t have an amazing smile, even if he didn’t have a fantastic body, great hair, eyes, face, etc.,(which he absolutely does – he is magnificently handsome), he is just a fantastic human being all-around. That quoted preamble almost brought tears to my eyes with its eloquent truth – here is a man who is kind, intelligent, funny, talented, generous, honest, thoughtful, and utterly passionate about his work. This, folks, is what sexy is. In the words of Irene Adler, “Brainy is the new sexy.” So true, so true. This brilliant man absolutely deserves the title of “Sexiest Man Alive.” I hope he gets it. :)

    • Samantha

      I think Robert Downey Jr, Tom, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, and Jeremy Renner should all be in it. THE AVENGERS FTW… <3 They're all so lovely.

    • marika.pg

      I am Italian, I love Tom Hiddleston and I think its a sexy man!

    • jessi

      im gonna buy people magazine for tom maybe<3 i always obsessed with tom,the brainy sexy and has cute smile…i can't tell who has mire attractive smile than him…hes the best

    • ladyraterza

      Because Hiddles,that’s why!

    • theaspiringhobos

      Hey fellow Hiddles fans did you see the song dedication to Tom Hiddleston that these lovely ladies wrote?? It is so friggin cute and catchy!

    • http://twitter.com/HiddleGoddesses HiddlesGoddesses

      Hey Hiddles fans….check us out on Twitter! @twitter-581040920:disqus. We’re the 2nd nickname for Tom Hiddleston fans. We’re NOT ‘Hiddlestoners’.We’re also on Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/HiddlesGoddesses.Also,we‘re something completely different, unique & one-of-a-kind.