12 Braver Choices For People’s Sexiest Man Alive 2013 Than Adam Levine

Adam Levine in Pasadena California January 2013By now you may have heard the rumors that Adam Levine will be named People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive for 2013. The news won't be officially announced until tomorrow, which gives us a little time to suggest some better choices. Not just better choices, but braver choices. The Sexiest Man Alive has been pretty cookie-cutter over the years. For instance, there's only been one non-white man (Denzel Washington), no openly gay men, and only one non-actor (John F. Kennedy, Jr.), not to mention that they've all been conventionally attractive and incredibly famous, often with something to promote.

It's nice that People is branching out and finally recognizing that musicians are attractive, but they could definitely do more to give the title some more variety. I mean, it's been around for almost 30 years. Let's try something a bit more refreshing. For instance, any of these twelve lovely gentlemen. They're brave choices for various reasons, whether they have interesting looks, are more up-and-coming, or (gasp) aren't white. What they do all have in common is that they're all sexy, they've all had great years and they all have promising careers ahead of them.

1. Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch 38th TIFF September 6 2013 Toronto Canada(Photo: WENN)

This has been an amazing year for Benedict Cumberbatch. He's turned in great performances in movies like Star Trek Into Darkness, The Fifth Estate and 12 Years a Slave, and he's still got The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug coming up next month, not to mention the next series of Sherlock. Despite having a loyal fan base, Benedict is one of the most unconventionally attractive men in Hollywood. His looks are extremely divisive, so I don't see People choosing him for a long time, if ever, but it would definitely make a statement if they did.

2. Idris Elba

Idris Elba AFI Fest November 11 2013 Hollywood California(Photo: FayesVision/WENN)

I think you'd be hard up to find any woman who doesn't think Idris Elba is the definition of sexy. He plays a tough British detective on Luther, but Americans probably know him from blockbusters like Thor, Prometheus and Pacific Rim, not to mention the upcoming Nelson Mandela biopic. Alas, he's not as big a movie star as Brad Pitt or George Clooney, plus he's got that whole non-white person thing that People seems afraid of, so he would be a bold choice.

3. Tom Hiddleston

Tom Hiddleston London Evening Standar November 17 2013 London England UK(Photo: Daniel Deme/WENN)

Light of my life! Tom's most famous to mainstream audiences for his role as Loki in the Thor and Avengers franchises. The fact that he made a villain into a beloved character women everywhere would choose to date over the hero means he's used to being the underdog. He also seems to be a genuinely lovely person, which is always nice to see rewarded.

4. Matt Bomer

Matt Bomer 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards April 20 2013 Los Angeles California(Photo: Brian To/WENN)

You don't become one of the most popular fan choices to play Christian Grey without being a very sexy man. Matt's made a name for himself as a TV star, although he did take it off for Magic Mike. He's also openly gay and has three sons with his partner. I know it might seem strange to People, but gay men can be sexy — to both men and women.

5. Javier Bardem

Javier Bardem Special Screening of The Counselour London England UK March 10 2013(Photo: Mario Mitsis/WENN)

Despite seeming to sign a "weird hair" contract for every movie he stars in, Javier is one handsome man and a great actor. He's also a family man; he and Penelope Cruz have been married since 2010 and have two children. Unfortunately it seems that People has some kind of strict "no Latin men" policy, so Javier might not have a chance.

6. Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender Premiere of The counselour October 3 2013 London England UK(Photo: WENN)

Michael Fassbender has been enjoying a successful couple of years. He's starred in critically acclaimed films like Shame and 12 Years a Slave. He also co-starred with Javier Bardem's hair in The Counselor. He would be a very bold choice. What would be even bolder is if the magazine just gave it to his legendary penis. Never has a penis won the title on its own. Come on, People, open your minds.

You can reach this post's author, Jill O’Rourke, on twitter.
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    • elle

      No not michael fassbender! I don’t think a lot of people know this because it happened prefame days but he has totally been accused of domestic violence by an ex. He is on my list of people I won’t give money to their projects too.

      • Jill O’Rourke

        Oh wow, I didn’t know about that. It’s crazy how under the radar some of this stuff stays.

      • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

        Boy you fell for it without anything substantial.

      • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

        A tabloid report? Just asking.

      • Nikki

        I’ve read several articles about the Fassbender domestic violence accusation, and no one had any substantial evidence to prove it. Most likely it’s just an ex-girlfriend with sour grapes spreading rumors about him.

    • Char

      I can’t wait for the day when all of America (as England already has) realizes what a stone cold FOX Benedict Cumberbatch is.

      • Jill O’Rourke

        It’s gonna happen, slowly but surely.

      • Char

        BTW, the rest of this list is golden as well.

      • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

        Slowly! I knew immediately. He is wonderful.

      • azkellylynn

        Ditto. The man is perfection. Woah.

    • lena

      I approve of this list!

      • Jill O’Rourke

        Happy to hear it!

    • Maddie

      Frank Ocean! Ahh so hot, also gay! :)

      • Nikki

        Just to clarify, everything I read about him suggested that he’s bisexual.

    • QQ

      Umm…still mostly actors and still mostly white.

      • DuBois

        You’re mistaken… 5 of the 12 guys on Jill’s list are black or biracial.

      • Janee

        7/12 is still most.

      • DuBois

        LOL… so what? Jill is an American, and probably has an American/Western perspective on popular culture… don’t you think that at least 7/12 of the entertainers to which she’s had much exposure are white? If her list exactly mirrored global demographics, FEWER of her choices would be black or black/white, not MORE. (The most under-represented group on the list is Asian, not black.)

        Look, I’m a black man – I’m all for men of color being seen as sexy – but I’m not going to object because Jill’s list of her dozen sexiest men alive is “only” 5/12 black or biracial.

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    • FauxRealFaux

      In my book Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Michael Ealy, Derek Luke, Tyson Beckford, COLUMBUS SHORT (Harrison from Scandal) are far sexier than any of those dudes mentioned in People. As a matter of fact, why is People a relevant source for who the majority views as sexiest or most beautiful.

    • Janee

      It would not have been braver for Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Will Arnett, and ESPECIALLY not Michael Fassbender, an abuser, to be named sexiest man alive. They are all still cishet white men.