41 Of The Hottest Men Alive From Around The Globe (And Under The Sea)

41 Of The Hottest Men Alive From Around The Globe (And Under The Sea)

In appreciation of gorgeous men

Last week People magazine named its 'Sexiest Man Alive' for 2015, and it was David Beckham. David Beckham is certainly a very handsome man who has been an icon of attractiveness for years and years now. What many found concerning and disappointing was that People named a white man as the sexiest man alive for the 29th time out of 30.

Show business, cinema and TV, music and the modelling industry - all integral parts of popular and not that popular culture - are dominated by white people, commonly Americans. In a world of seven billion people where China and India, two Asian countries, have the largest populations, and people come in an infinite variety of shapes and sizes and other body features, white men sure show up all over the place a whole lot more than it would make sense for them to.

In some cases, like in the most recent season of American Horror Story, it's even hard to tell whether or not male characters are played by the same white actor. People is a huge magazine with millions in readership, which makes it an excellent platform for a display of diversity of beauty in terms of race, ethnical background, looks, you name it. They have the opportunity, and yet they only took it once by naming Denzel Washington their sexiest man alive in 1996.

Elle, another huge magazine, took note of the issue and published an excellent list of "30 Of The Sexiest Men Alive Who Aren't White". That article inspired me to put together a similar list, but expand "the criteria" and include men from all over the world in an effort to counter US-centrism.

It's important that I take the time to acknowledge my own bias of preference in choosing the men for this list, as well as the influence that widespread beauty standards have had on me. It's also crucial to remember that while these men are gorgeous in every way, they also have easy access to "beautifying" procedures, gyms and make up. Please keep that in mind if you are comparing yourself to them, dear male-identifying readers!

1. Naveen Andrews

Naveen is a British actor famous for his roles in TV shows like LOST and Sense8. His parents are Indian immigrants.

2. Masaki Koh

Masaki Koh was Japan's most famous gay porn star. He was openly gay, an activist and a proponent of safe sex. Koh was one of the only popular openly gay men in East Asia. He is featured on this list as an exception because of his stellar looks and importance for the Japanese queer community. He passed away on May 18, 2013 of peritonitis.

3. Arjan Van Hesteren

Arjan Van Hesteren is a Dutch model.

4. Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean is a popular American musician. He is also not straight.

5. Moon Jong Up

Moon Jong Up, more commonly known by his stage name Jongup, is a member of South Korean K-Pop group B.A.P. He is the main dancer of the group.

6. Kenneth Okolie

Kenneth Okolie is a Nigerian actor.

7. Condrad Ricamora

Conrad Ricamora is an American actor of Filipino and German descent. He is most famous for his role in the TV show How To Get Away With Murder.

8. Purab Kohli

Purab Kohli is an Indian actor and celebrity. He recently starred in the Netflix show Sense8.

9. Prince Hashim bin Hussein of Jordan

Prince Hashim bin Hussein is one of the sons of Jordanian King Hussein and Queen Noor. He is in the line of succession for the throne.

10. Jayden Flood

Jayden Flood is a model of Maori and Tongan descent. He and his brother model under Global Indigenous Management.

11. Jason Derulo

Jason Derulo is a famous American singer of Haitian descent.

12. Nazril Irham

Nazril Irham, more commonly known as Ariel, is an Indonesian rock star. He is the founder of the group Noah. Ariel spent two years in prison after sex tapes with him leaked, and he was charged under Indonesian laws prohibiting pornography and adultery.

13. Andrew Orozco

Andrew Orozco is a Native American actor and model.

14. Kim Jong In

Kim Jong In, more commonly known by his stage name Kai, is the main dancer and visual of famous K-Pop group EXO. He is divine.

15. Benjamin Bratt

Benjamin Bratt is an American actor of Peruvian descent.

16. Rami Malek

Rami Malek is an American actor of Egyptian descent.

17. Miyavi

Miyavi, born Takamasa Ishihara, is a Japanese musician and member of rock supergroup S.K.I.N.

18. Alfred Enoch

Alfred Enoch is a British actor. He starred in the Harry Potter movies and is currently one of the leads in the TV show How To Get Away With Murder.

19. Utkarsh Ambudkar

Utkarsh Ambudkar is an American actor of Indian descent. He starred in Pitch Perfect.

20. Truong Thanh Long

Truong Thanh Long is a Vietnamese model. He is also divine.

21. Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz is an American musician of Haitian and Ukrainian descent.

22. Adam Rodriguez

Adam Rodriguez is an American actor of Puerto Rican and Cuban descent. He is most famous for his role in CSI: Miami.

23. Jason Momoa

Jason Momoa is a Hawaiian actor. He is most famous for his role in Game of Thrones.

24. Agung Arya

Agung Arya is an Indonesian model.

25. Majid Michel

Majid Michel is a Ghanaian actor.

26. Gael Gabriel Garcia

Gael Garcia Bernal is a Mexican actor.

27. Yusei Terada

Yusei Terada is a Japanese comedian who recently took part in Tokyo Fashion week.

28. Tyler James Williams

Tyler James Williams is an American actor. He recently starred as Noah in the TV show The Walking Dead.

29. Hideo Muraoka

Hideo Muraoka is a Brazilian Japanese model.

30. Chaske Spencer

Chaske Spencer is a Native American actor.

32. Huang Zitao

Huang Zitao, more commonly known by his stage names Tao and Z. Tao, is a Chinese musician. Until recently he was a member of K-pop group EXO.

33. Wilmer Valderrama

Wilmer Valderrama is an American actor of Colombian and Venezuelan descent. He is Demi Lovato's partner.

34. Irrfan Khan

Irrfan Khan is an Indian actor who has also appeared in Hollywood movies.

35. Zanjoe Marudo

Zanjoe Marudo is a Filipino model and actor.

37. Lynxxx

Lynxxx, born Chukie Edozien, is a Nigerian rapper and entrepreneur.

38. Jo In-Sung

Jo In Sung is a Korean actor.

39. Alex Meraz

Alejandro Meraz is an American actor.

40. Idris Elba

Idris Elba is an American actor of Sierra Leonean and Ghanaian descent.

41. Jackson Wang

Jackson Wang is a Hong Kong born Chinese musician. He is part of K-pop group Got7. He is from another world.

Composing this article was one of the most pleasant things I have done recently, but it took about a hundred times more work than I thought it would. There will likely be a Part Two, so feel free to voice suggestions!

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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