Bringing Sexy Back

People magazine announced their 2008 Sexiest Man Alive yesterday.

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen. This year’s title of Sexiest Man Alive goes to Hugh Jackman. Yahoo! News carried the headline that the choice was a bit of a shocker, but I am inclined to disagree.

After all, how are we defining sexy? The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language defines sexy as “Arousing or tending to arouse sexual desire or interest; highly appealing or interesting; attractive.” My Oxford English Dictionary adds the definition “very exciting or appealing.”

If this is the standard to which we’re judging the world’s sexiest men, I think Hugh Jackman is a fitting choice. He’s gorgeous, charming, talented (the man does more than act – he sings and dances, too, and has the Tony to prove it), funny, and by all reports, a loving and devoted husband and father. Does it get more appealing than that?

Maybe I’m a bit biased, because he’s also the model for my hero, Tab. But there’s a lot of material there to be inspired by. So I’m proud that Tab … er … Hugh made it to the top of the heap.

What do you find sexy? Is sexy purely physical sex appeal? Who is YOUR Sexiest Man Alive? Click here to see some of the others who made the cut! Not feeling inspired yet? Then check out 100 Sexy Men in 1 Minute!

21 Comment(s)

  1. I think looks can be a factor in initial sex appeal, but to be truly “sexy” to me means having the whole, em, package. Get your minds out of the gutter, ladies! lol. Some of the men out there today are “pretty,” but I wouldn’t call them handsome. I mean what Kelly suggests–talent, kindness, devotion, humor. Add a little bit of an accent and I’m a goner. I do think Hugh Jackman deserves the title, but of course one of my picks always has to be Gerard Butler. I have to have some of that ruggedness to go with the handsome.

    Great blog, Kelly!

    Maura | Nov 20, 2008 | Reply

  2. Sexy is more than looks, it’s attitude. Take a look at last year’s sexiest man… Matt Damon. No offense to Matt Damon, but my idea of sexy isn’t that boyish look. But, he does portray a sexy attitude, so I can see why People chose him. Now Hugh Jackman? Ooh la la, he is the whole sexy package, from looks and attitude. And from what I heard, he’s a real nice guy. You really can’t beat that.

    Sindee | Nov 20, 2008 | Reply

  3. Maura – I totally overlooked the accent, which is definitely a bonus! I just love when he smiles. He gets a twinkle in his eye that says, “I’m a charming devil. Let’s have some fun!” And Gerard Butler would definitely make my list as well. He seems like another charmer!

    Kelly | Nov 20, 2008 | Reply

  4. Sindee – I actually love Matt Damon, but I agree that he’s a completely different type of sexy than Hugh Jackman. I think of Matt Damon as that boy-next-door nice guy with the wicked sense of humor that so many of us had a crush on as teenagers. Or, at least, I did. :)

    Kelly | Nov 20, 2008 | Reply

  5. Is anyone else having trouble seeing the picture? It showed up fine last night when I tested it, but it’s not loading here at the office.

    Kelly | Nov 20, 2008 | Reply

  6. I’m in complete agreement. I LOVE Hugh Jackman!

    J.K. Coi | Nov 20, 2008 | Reply

  7. Hugh Jackman hands down. But as you said, Kelly, it’s more than just his looks. He has that entire package thing going on. I thought he was sexy, but when I discovered how devoted to his family he is, and he has a Tony.

    Jackman just happens to be the model for Braden in The Highlander’s Obsession.

    Awesome way to get my day started, Kelly.


    Renee | Nov 20, 2008 | Reply

  8. Wow from Torture to Sexy in three days. Who says RRT isn’t interesting and diverse! I think sexy is an era thing. Take the Showtime series, The Tudors for example. Their King Henry is young, thin, dark haired and has a smouldering sensual quality in his lips. A far cry from Richard Burton in Anne of a Thousand Days.

    My idea of sexy? Clark Gable or Errol Flynn. Like I said, it’s an era thing. :)


    Terri | Nov 20, 2008 | Reply

  9. Thanks for coming by, J.K., and sharing in our love of HJ!

    Renee – Hmmm. You’re using HJ as inspiration as well? Maybe my hero is the 19th century reincarnation of your hero!

    And yes, that Tony sealed the deal for me. I’ve heard him say that he actually got his big break playing Curly in Oklahoma! in a revival on Broadway. You have to have some serious pipes, not to mention the dance skills, to pull off that role!

    Kelly | Nov 20, 2008 | Reply

  10. Terri, I’ve heard it said that people in general get more beautiful with each successive generation. But I think I’m more in agreement with you – that our perception of sexy, at least from an appearance standpoint, changes from generation to generation, era to era. I mean, if we’re talking the Golden Age of Hollywood, does it really beat the debonair Cary Grant, the witty William Powell, or the dashing Errol Flynn?

    Kelly | Nov 20, 2008 | Reply

  11. Oh Kelly, I forgot Willaim Powell!! But Cary Grant never did anything for me; I mean, he was just a sack of cultured accent. Give me Errol Flynn any day.

    Terri | Nov 20, 2008 | Reply

  12. He was def. the best choice I saw there Kelly. He’s got that seductive come hither expression, which is hard to resist. Same as Vodka man. :)

    Good choice for your hero and great blog!

    Anastasia St. James | Nov 20, 2008 | Reply

  13. Kelly, I’d love to see him do a musical. Can you imagine? *sigh*

    Renee | Nov 20, 2008 | Reply

  14. Oh and did you see what his favorite subject was in school?

    Go figure, ancient history. *sigh* *sigh*


    Renee | Nov 20, 2008 | Reply

  15. I agree that Hugh Jackman is one nice package. For true mouth-watering sexiness, however, I prefer a more rugged, alpha man. The accent definitely doesn’t hurt, though.

    Kelly, nice blog to wake up to!

    Lara Lee | Nov 20, 2008 | Reply

  16. I came by much earlier, but was drooling too much to say anything. Thanks, Kelly, for sending all the guys by to say good morning. :) I’ve been trying to think of the one man who epitomizes sexy for me, but I’ve yet to come up with just one in particular. I guess it really does have to do with the whole package. If a guy’s going to hold my interest, he’s got to be more than a pretty face and a hot bod. All though I don’t mind just staring for a while, if that’s all he’s got to offer. Great blog, Kelly, and thanks again for giving us a great way to start our day!

    Sasha Allgood | Nov 20, 2008 | Reply

  17. Ana – Some of the others were also appealing but the addition of HJ’s personality and devotion to family clinches it for me!

    Kelly | Nov 20, 2008 | Reply

  18. Renee, I must have missed that. I remember seeing him sing and dance at the Tonys the night he won (he also hosted, so there was lots of camera time). And if I remember correctly, his Inside the Actor’s Studio on Bravo has a bit of him tap dancing …

    Kelly | Nov 20, 2008 | Reply

  19. Hmmm, rugged alpha male, Lara? Do you have a favorite example? :)

    Kelly | Nov 20, 2008 | Reply

  20. Sasha – I agree, the pretty face needs to have some depth behind it to appeal.

    And I’m always happy to provide eye candy (at the very least) to help you start your day!

    Kelly | Nov 20, 2008 | Reply

  21. The thing is, maybe it’s the mood I’m in, but the 100 sexy faces didn’t strike me as all that sexy, except for the ones belonging to people I recognized. For guys, beauty has little to do with skin and a lot to do with what he does.

    Alice Audrey | Nov 21, 2008 | Reply

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