The 40-year-old Beckham replaces Chris Hemsworth as the planet's best eye candy, as the "Thor" actor earned the enviable moniker last year. This is the 30th consecutive year that People has selected a "Sexiest Man Alive," with Mel Gibson taking home the very first crown in 1985.
Even if Hemsworth isn’t your cup of tea, it’s hard to deny that he is traditionally handsome. The facial features of Hemsworth and other celebs like him—think Daniel Craig and David Beckham—possess the smoldering masculine attributes that humans have evolved to find attractive and sexy.
People Magazine's new "sexiest man alive," Adam Levine, front man of the band Maroon 5 and coach on the reality TV show "The Voice," has more than public affection behind him. Scientists agree the yoga-practicing crooner has the goods — from the strong, manly jaw to the high cheekbones and prominent brows.
When PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive 2012 agreed to star in the summer blockbuster Magic Mike, he embraced the role wholeheartedly, from working out three hours a day to waxing his legs. The 32-year-old even tapped into his experience as a onetime male dancer – handy for filming tricky scenes in G-strings.
Bradley Cooper at GQ Men Of The Year Awards, 6 Sept 2011 at The Royal Opera House, London (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images Europe) People Magazine have named 36 year old Bradley Cooper the sexiest man alive 2011, placing him among the ranks of previously crowned men like Brad Pitt, Ryan Reynolds and George Clooney.
Sure, his chiseled abs have caused millions to swoon, but 2010’s Sexiest Man Alive Ryan Reynolds loves to keep them laughing. “My body naturally wants to look like Dick Van Dyke,” says the 6’2″ actor, who suits up as the Green Lantern next year. “When I stop training, I turn into a skin-colored whisper.” We doubt that.