It’s hard to remember a time before Laverne Cox, but it’s actually been less than two years since she first wowed audiences the world over with her portrayal of Sophia in Orange Is the New Black. In that time, she’s risen to icon status, raising awareness and understanding of transgender issues with poise and eloquence, and dazzling us with her beauty and talent. It was just over a year ago that she became the first trans women to grace the cover of a mainstream publication with TIME’s ‘The Transgender Tipping Point,’ and now she’s been named one of the ‘World’s Most Beautiful Women’ by People. Continue reading
The annual honour, given by People magazine was won this year by Thor star, Chris Hemsworth. The winner is required to do a cover shoot but Ryan and his management is believed to have refused it multiple times.
An insider revealed: ”The magazine tried a few times, especially during his huge year in 2011. The consensus was he’s too serious for it, too artsy.”
However, People strongly deny that they had ever chosen the 34-year-old actor for the award this year. The magazine’s editorial director told TheWrap.com: ”While I look forward to the day when Ryan Gosling is named Sexiest Man Alive, this was not his year.
”Our 2014 honoree Chris Hemsworth was our first and only choice. If you want to know why, just look at him. I mean, seriously.”
Meanwhile, another source recently claimed that Chris was not the magazine’s first choice for the award. A source said: ”People asked Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling and Jake Gyllenhaal to be the pick and they all declined. A couple other people were offered it as well, but they settled with Chris because he’s hot, but he also said yes after so many nos.”
So it wasn’t Neil Patrick Harris after all. Oh no, it’s the dude who smites bad guys as a hammer-wielding Norse god in The Avengers. Chris Hemsworth will also get to fight off a terrorist hacker in Michael Mann’s upcoming cyber thriller, Blackhat, and battle a whale in Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea. But apparently there was no contest when it came to naming the Aussie star this year’s Sexiest Man Alive.
The actor, 31, thought it was “pretty funny” when he first heard the news – as did his wife, Spanish model Elsa Pataky, 38, whom he wed in 2010.
“I think you’ve bought me a couple of weeks of bragging rights around the house,” he tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “I can just say to her, ‘Now remember, this is what the people think, so I don’t need to do the dishes anymore, I don’t need to change nappies. I’m above that. I’ve made it now.’ “
“People has never had an openly gay ‘Sexiest Man’ before,” one insider said. “It would certainly make news and generate buzz for the magazine. Plus, Neil is going to be hosting the Oscars. He’s in Gone Girl, he was just on Broadway. He’s also happily married with kids. He is having an amazing year.”
While I won’t deny Mr. Harris’ good looks and charm, I couldn’t help but think of other gay guys who might make equally strong contenders for the coveted title. Continue reading