Yes, Sir! People Magazine Names Idris Elba Sexiest Man Alive (and Water Is Wet)

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Every year, People magazine designates its “Sexiest Man Alive.”And every few years, we agree with them; the last time being in 2016, when the magazine rightly honored Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.


This year, we’re saying a collective “yasssss!” at the sight of perpetual thirst trap Idris Elba flashing his incredible grin from the coveted annual cover for 2018, after many years in the top 100 (including a #2 spot in 2013).

In fact, it’s an honor many would say is long overdue for the multi-talented Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award winner—especially those who’ve been following Idris since his breakout role as Stringer Bell on The Wire. Since that time, his swoon-worthiness has only increased, along with his prestige. Matter of fact, do you know that he’s an Officer of the Order of the British Empire? That officially makes him a “Sir”—to which we say, “Yes, Sir.”

Of winning the title this year, Idris was adorably real with People about his initial reaction: “I was like, ‘Come on, no way. Really?’ Looked in the mirror, I checked myself out. I was like, ‘Yeah, you are kind of sexy today.’ But to be honest, it was just a nice feeling. It was a nice surprise — an ego boost for sure.”

Frankly, it’s an ego boost for us, too—if only to validate our excellent taste. So, how did it (finally) happen? Let People’s editorial team tell you below, as Idris gets revealing about his celebrity crush (Serena Williams, who he says is “pretty hot—and badass”); the last person who (enviably) saw him naked, fiancée Sabrina Dhowre; what inspired his impromptu proposal; how fatherhood factors into his high-profile life; and how he grew from an awkward kid into his well-muscled physique—which he now credits to his kickboxing regimen.


And while all that is great, after seeing a tease of his photo spread, we’re pretty sure we won’t be doing much reading of the article when the issue hits stands on Friday, November 9.


But first, the midterms—which Idris agrees is even more important than drooling over him. Frankly, we’re considering his honor a good omen, because if People can get this right, maybe people can get it right at polls, too.

Maiysha Kai is managing editor of The Glow Up, host of The Root Presents: It's Lit! podcast and Big Beauty Tuesdays, and your average Grammy-nominated goddess next door. May I borrow some sugar?



True story—

One day, I’m in the line at the bank and I was watching an episode of Luther on my tablet. I get up to the window, put down the tablet to perform the task at hand. The lady who was helping me looks down at the tablet and says “Ooh who is that?”

“Idris Elba”, I say.

The lady working the second window ears perk up and she says, “Idris Elba? Where?” Then she walks over to the window where I’m at, picks up my tablet, without asking me for permission, and now her and my clerk are looking at Idris on my tablet.

Then another lady comes out from the back room; “What are you looking at?”

“Idris Elba”, we all say in unison.

Now there are 3 ladies looking at ol “Itchy Elbow” on my tablet.

Did I mention that, by this time, there were 2 other people in line behind me, waiting on these ladies to help them?

About this time, an older lady, whom I’m assuming is their boss, comes out and and says, “Ladies? What are you doing?” She walks over and looks at my tablet and says “Ooh, Stringer Bell!”

They were all looking at an episode of Luther, watching Idris do his thing and it was about another minute before they realized they all had jobs.

I barely got my tablet back.