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All You Need To Know About The Sexiest Man Alive
Truth be told, choosing someone, amongst a long list of other viable candidates as the Sexiest Man Alive (SMA) is no mean feat. It takes time, resources and lots of hard work to come up with a credible winner. It is also worth noting that the winner shouldn’t be constrained to celebrities. In this regard, a new website; www.sexiestmanalive.com is being launched to address these concerns. The site shall not only allow people to nominate their own candidates but will also implement a voting system that’s open, secure and easy to use. With this system, anyone stands a chance of being nominated and declared as the SMA provided he has been nominated and voted for by the masses.
This approach is not only people driven but is also bound to be the real or reflection of what ordinary persons consider as the SMA. This is true because unlike other campaigns which are driven by other concerns such as readership numbers, advertising needs and requirements as well as current and past projects, the www.sexiestmanalive.com campaign will be purely driven by ordinary people. To fully understand this major shift, it is first important to understand and appreciate how the campaign is currently being undertaken.
Understanding the current campaign
From the onset, it is important to note that the current SMA is an annual undertaking done by People Magazine. This is an American weekly magazine of human interest and celebrity stories that’s published by Time Inc. With a readership of slightly more than 50 million adults, the magazine does have the largest audience of any American magazine. With over $ 1 Billion in advertising revenue in 2014, it does pride itself in having the highest advertising revenue of any magazine in America. In 2005, the magazine was named the “Magazine of the Year” by Advertising Age for its excellence in advertising, circulation and editorial departments. The current crown holder is David Beckham who was named on November 17th 2015.
Generally, the magazine does run a 50/50 mix of human –interest and celebrity stories and because of this amongst other factors, the website did in February 2015 set a new record of having 72 million unique visitors; a record that’s yet to be achieved by any other magazine. Further to the above, the magazine does refrain from publishing pure celebrity gossip, making it more objective and acceptable to all and sundry.
Even though the cool distinction of Sexiest Man Alive is handed out annually with lots of fanfare and glamour, it is a given fact that the tradition does hardly provide a definitive overview of what can be considered sexy at a given moment. This is mainly because sexy is relative and differs accordingly depending on who you may be addressing at any given time. As a matter of fact, depending on the person in question, the title does range from heated to confused and anything therein between. However, it is encouraging to note that with the cultural pendulum finally swinging towards a less rigid definition of sex appeal, there is currently more room for a wider and broader range of options to look out for.
Normally, the annual feature of the Sexiest Man Alive is billed as the overall benchmark of male attractiveness and due to this, tends to include only famous people and celebrities. It is important to note that for the first decade or so, the feature did appear at uneven intervals. At the onset, it was awarded during winter. However, it started to shift around the calendar, thus resulting in gaps which were as long as one and half years and as short as seven months. As a matter of fact, there was no selection in 1994. Things have changed however over the years and more stability is being experienced in the selection. Since 1997, the naming dates have settled between early December and mid-November.
To fully understand the genesis and continued growth of this undertaking, it is important to note that the term or phrase was coined during an interview with Mel Gibson, on the set of Mad Max Beyond Thunder dome; who incidentally was the first winner of the title in February 4th 1985. Since then, People Magazine has been trying to decode what or who women want. However, since they opted to name one singular person, there have been challenges, celebrations and backlash in equal measure. It is therefore important to understand how the People magazine team selects the winner who then carries this tag for a year.
How the Sexiest Man Alive is chosen
One of the first things that they look for is that the eventual winner must be someone who is hot and well known. In addition, the person shouldn’t be too young or too old. It is important to mention that the oldest winner was Sean Connery on December 16th 1989 aged 59 with the youngest winner being John F. Kennedy, Jr on September 12th 1988 aged 27. In addition, he should be someone whose choosing will surprise quite a number of individuals.
Further to the above, the panel is also driven by the belief that the person chosen must also not be too young or too old either. For them, sexy has to do with someone being more than just good looking; it must also have something to do with some kind of flirtatiousness, romantic physical appeal that’s rides beyond just academic appreciation. There is always some search for some form of mystery in the kind of sexiness that they look for.
Briefly, the search and identification of the SMA is a long drawn process that’s undertaken by a panel and not a single individual. The panel members look at the entire year and also ask well known female celebrities to pick their favorites for the annual pick. In addition, they also pay lots of attention to online comments that come through www.People.com. These comments tend to bear some significant weight to the panelists as they come from random female clients and visitors who make their choice based on the options offered. As a matter of fact, one of the panelists once alluded that they have been forced several times to either include or exclude some celebrities from the list due to either complaints or compliments coming from the masses.
However, it is important also to be aware of the business side of the Sexiest Man Alive. One of the key things that the magazine has to take into consideration is who is going to sell the magazine. Because of this, the winners of the title tend to follow a certain trajectory which many people may not agree with at any given time. Secondly, they also tend to prefer someone who is either coming from a very big project, be it a movie or album or someone who is just about to release a project or movie. The reasons for this are quite obvious; the name is bound to resonate well with the masses once the publication and movie or projects are out. Cases abound of such incidences which are clearly noted later in this article.
It is worth mentioning though that there have been exceptions with the reigning SMA David Beckham taking many people by surprise when he was named as the winner. This was especially so when you take into consideration the fact that he had already retired from competitive soccer and apart from his modeling, there was really nothing of significance he was either doing or had in the pipeline. This though came as a breath of fresh air for critics as it showed that the panel can at times be unpredictable, giving some long desired mystery to the entire process.
A Brief Look at Some of the Past Winners
As earlier mentioned, the first Sexiest Man Alive winner was Mel Gibson, who won it on February 4, 1985 aged 29. This was soon followed by Mark Harmon who was named the winner on January 27th, 1986 aged 34. Harry Hamlin, who is known for his roles as Perseus in the 1981 fantasy film Clash of the Titans and legal drama series L.A Law won the title in 1987, aged 35. In 1987, the title went to John F. Kennedy, Jr who was an American Lawyer, magazine publisher and journalist. It is worth mentioning that he won it while aged 27 and as earlier mentioned, he does remain the youngest winner of the title. In 1989, the panelist went to the other extreme, choosing Sean Connery, an actor and producer who was then aged 59 as the overall winner. He remains the oldest recipient of the award ever since. He is currently known as Sir Thomas Sean Connery after being knighted by Elizabeth II in July 2000. This was done soon after receiving a Kennedy Center Honors.
In 1990, Tom Cruise, an American actor and filmmaker who has won three golden global awards won the title, riding on his 1986 Top Gun movie. He was aged 28 and remains the second youngest winner to date. In 1991, Patrick Swayze, an American actor, dancer, singer and song writer won the title, riding on his 1987 movie Dirty Dancing, 1989 Road House and Next of Kin and 1990 block buster Ghost. He was aged 38 when he won the title. In 1992, Nick Nolte who was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 1991 top drawer movie The Prince of Tides won the title aged 51. During the same year, he had also been involved in Cape Fear.
In 1993 Richard Gere, an American actor and humanitarian activist who began his acting way back in early 1970s won the title, riding on the popularity of the Pretty Woman Movie, prior to this he had been involved in American Gigolo as well as An Officer and a Gentleman. He was 44 years old at the time when he won. Unfortunately, there was no award in 1994, which remains the only year the award has not been given since its inception. In 1995, Brad Pit, aged 31 then won the title, riding on the fame and glory of his blockbuster Seven where he co-starred with Morgan Freeman. In July 29th 1996, Denzel Hayes Washington Jr; who later went on to win three Golden Globe Awards , A Tony award and two Academy awards took the accolades, winning the award as he was riding on the wave of his record shattering movies Crimson Tide, Fallen, Courage Under Fire and The Bone Collector. He was aged 41 at the time.
In 1997, George Timothy Clooney, an American actor, filmmaker and activist who has since received three Golden Globe Awards and two Academy awards won the title; he was then riding on the ER television sequel which was on its third season. He was also on top with his 1997 movie Batman & Robin as well as the 1996 From Dusk till Dawn Movie. In 1998, Harrison Ford won the accolades, riding high on the popularity of his blockbuster Air force One which had been released in 1997. In 1999, Richard Gere became the first person to win the title twice, thanks to his movies Runaway Bride and Primal Fear which kept him on the radar.
In 2000, Brad Pitt also followed a similar script, becoming the second person to win the title twice, thanks to his Snatch movie which had already been released and his upcoming projects of Spy Game, Ocean Eleven and the Mexican which were released early in 2001. The following year, Pierce Brosnan was the surprise winner. Aged 48 years, he was riding on his new James Bond role in Golden Eye, Tomorrow Never Dies as well as The World is not Enough. In addition, he was working on Die Another Day. In 2002, new kid in the block, Ben Affleck, aged 30 years won the title after taking the movie world by storm in Pearl Harbor and the Sum of All Fears. He has previously been mentioned after his good performance in Good Will Hunting in 1997 and 1998 magical movie Shakespeare in Love.
In 2003, Johnny Depp won the Sexiest Man Alive title aged 40. He was then riding on the beautiful reception of his movie Pirates of the Caribbean; The Curse of the Black Pearl. He was also working on Finding Neverland. In 2004, Jude Law won the title when he was aged 31. His movie the Cold Mountain as well as Enemy at the Gates were the main drivers of his win. In 2005, Matthew McConaughey aged 36 won the accolades thanks to the movie Sahara. He had also released some blockbusters such as a Time to Kill and How to Lose a Guy in 10 days. In 2006 George Clooney became the third person to win the title twice, thanks to his upcoming sequel, Ocean’s Thirteen as well as the earlier movies of the sequel Ocean’s Eleven and Ocean’s Twelve.
In 2007 Matt Damon won the title, riding on the wave of his Jason Bourne Movie series, he had previously starred in The Bourne Identity in 2002, Bourne Supremacy in 2004 and had now released The Bourne Ultimatum to rave reviews. In 2008, Hugh Jackman won the accolades aged 40, this came as a result of his starring in the X-Men movie series. At this time he was starring in the just released X-Men: The Last Stand and was working on X-Men Origins: Wolverine. In 2009, Johnny Depp became the fourth person to win the title twice. He was aged 46. In 2010, Ryan Reynolds aged 34 won the title apart from starring also on X-Men Origins: Wolverine, he also starred in the 2009 blockbuster The Proposal. In 2011, Bradley Cooper then aged 36 won the title thanks to his movie Limitless and The Hangover.
In 2012 Channing Tatum took the title, with three of his movies, namely, The Vow, Magic Mike and 21 Jump Street came out that year, in 2013, Adam Levine won the title during his well noted reign as a judge on The Voice whereas in 2014, Chris Hemsworth won the title after his Marvel Blockbuster, Thor. Lastly, in 2015, as earlier mentioned there was a drastic change and shift when David Beckham a retired soccer player and part time model was selected as the Sexiest Man Alive. To date, the only non-actors who have won the title are David Beckham and John F. Kennedy Jr.
With the above understanding in mind, there is no doubt that the new approach that’s been deployed by www.sexiestmanalive.com is bound to give a completely new meaning to the Sexiest Man Alive phenomenon. Unlike other campaigns whose approaches are at times shrouded in mystery and the choice made in secrecy, the new voting system is not only cool but is also people driven. It does also have the distinct advantage of offering the ordinary person; me and you, the opportunity to not only choose but also be considered for the SMA title. This is bound to offer readers a winner who is acceptable and easy relate to. Welcome to the new sexy.