It is the time of year for US entertainment magazine People’s annual Sexiest Man Alive contest. In a change from previous years, 20 different titles including Sexiest First Time Dad, Sexiest Olympian, and Sexiest Marvel Star were created. Star of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Canadian Chinese actor Simu Liu (劉思慕), is one of the stars nominated for the Sexiest Marvel Hottie category.
Simu started working as an extra and stuntman in 2012 before landing his first major roles in Canadian series, Blood and Water, and Kim’s Convenience. Shang-Chi was a breakthrough role for Simu which helped him attain international recognition.
Despite his tall and masculine aura, many netizens in Asia had criticized Simu for his plain looks, stating that any random male actor in Asia would have been better looking in their initial response to his casting as Shang-Chi. The harsh comments seemed to troubled Simu as he posted on Twitter asking, “Siri, am I ugly?” Many fans left messages in an attempt to comfort him.
However, People’s nomination comes at a time to showcase the differences in standard of male beauty among different cultures. To celebrate diversity, People broadened the nomination categories and included nominees from various backgrounds to be more inclusive.
Aside from Simu, other nominees in the Marvel category include Tom Holland and Chris Evans for their roles as Spider Man and Captain America respectively.
Popular Korean boyband BTS’s song “Butter” is nominated for Sexiest Summer Song and British Olympic gold diver Tom Daley is nominated for Sexiest Olympian. Henry Golding from Crazy Rich Asians and Scarlett Johansson’s husband Colin Jost are nominated for Sexiest First Time Dad.
Another interesting category this year is the Sexiest Vaccination Selfie. Hugh Jackman, Prince William, and Dwayne Johnson are part of the nominees.
People’s website is accepting votes for the various categories until October 7.
This article is written by Kiki for Jaynestars.com.