Dwayne Johnson a.k.a. The Rock, is the Sexiest Man Alive, I've known it for at least 15 years and People magazine finally decided I was right;) This title ushers him into an elite group of physically appealing men that over the years has included George Clooney, Matt Damon, David Beckham, and Denzel Washington.
Speaking of Denzel, he was the first and only black actor to hold this title back in 1996. So that would make The Rock (I refuse to call him Dwayne- he is way too sexy for that name) the first multiracial individual to hold the title since he is 1/2 Samoan and 1/2 black.
Former People managing editor Landon Jones, who oversaw the 1996 Denzel Washington cover, said,
“I’m proud we published the first [“Sexiest Man Alive” with a person of color]. I’m not proud we published the last.”
I imagine all of the recent backlash in Hollywood, plus The Rock's timely movie release for Moana, moved the team at People Magazine towards this decision. Regardless it is impossible to deny he is a huge force in Hollywood as he is this year's highest paid actor pulling in $64.5 million in 2016.
As we all know, representation matters, and I hope moving forward to see men of all races gracing not only the cover of this magazine, but across all mediums and platforms to accurately portray society.