American magazine People recently released their annual “Sexiest Man Alive” issue for 2021. This year’s honor went to none other than Hollywood actor Paul Rudd.
As expected, the majority of the men included are typically American or British. Still, the AAPI representation this year has certainly been a step in the right direction. For example, the first-ever Chinese American cast member on Saturday Night Live, Bowen Yang, made his “Sexiest Man Alive” debut this year!
We also got Shang-Chi himself, Chinese Canadian actor Simu Liu, in this issue too!
That’s not all, though. So, here are the 5+ Korean stars featured by People for “Sexiest Man Alive.”
1. Daniel Dae Kim
We’ve all low-key been in love with this amazingly talented Korean American man ever since his Lost days. Now Daniel Dae Kim is a super hot and successful actor and producer. No wonder People has named him one of their “Men of The Year!” Well-deserved.
2. John Cho
This isn’t John Cho’s first rodeo, of course. The Korean American actor has been being featured as one of the sexiest men alive by People for over a decade. We’re still waiting for him to grace the cover and be announced the official “Sexiest Man Alive.” Until then, this year, he is featured in the magazine’s list of “25 sexiest men on TV” for his starring role in Netflix‘s Cowboy Bebop.
3. Randall Park
Yet, another phenomenal Korean American actor, the one and only Randall Park! In a poll, this Marvel actor was voted by readers to have one of the sexiest smiles, and we 100% agree with their choice.
4. Wi Ha Joon
He’s stolen our heart and just about anyone who has ever watched him in anything. So, it’s no wonder South Korean actor Wi Ha Joon ranked at the top of People magazine’s “25 of the Sexiest Men You Can Watch on TV Now” for his role in Netflix’s Squid Game.
5. Charles Melton
The 30-year-old Korean American actor, known for roles in Riverdale and The Sun Is Also A Star, was included in People‘s “Sexy at Every Age” list, proving he’s as fine as ever!
6. Will Yun Lee
Likewise, Korean American actor and martial artist Will Yun Lee was also included in “Sexy at Every Age.” At the age of 50, he is still considered very attractive!
Honorary Mention: BTS
Specifically, People recognized them for their hit song “Butter.” Okay, yeah, we know this is a song rather than a whole man, but BTS deserves recognition! The magazine readers agreed that BTS’s “Butter” is not just the song of the summer… It was voted as one of the sexiest songs of the summer.
We can certainly think of some Korean actors and K-Pop idols we would have included. Nevertheless, People is certainly progressing in terms of diversity!