“Yesterday, while standing in the checkout line at Publix, I was graced by the presence of John Legend’s beautiful face.
That smile, his smooth voice, the way he dresses. His sense of humor and the way he loves his wife, Chrissy Teigen.
John Legend, y’all. He’s the Sexiest Man Alive.
Or at least, according to People Magazine.
Look, I’m not gonna lie. John is definitely, ahem, LEGENDary. If you’re into that insanely talented, wealthy, baby-faced, gentle soul type.
Or maybe you are more of a Jason Mamoa fan. All brute strength and mischievous humor.
There are certainly men on this planet who capture the hearts and imaginations of thousands of adoring fans. They eat protein and work out constantly and have dazzling, pearly smiles. John Legend, my goodness. Has he ever taken a bad picture? Probably not.
But is he the sexiest men alive?
Not in my book. Not even close.
Whether you lean toward the smooth crooner or a superhero actor, I am gonna go out on a branch and say People Magazine has missed the mark, here. Again.
The Sexiest Man Alive isn’t some wealthy, trim, perfectly manicured supermodel.
The Sexiest Man Alive, to me, is the man who comes home after a long day of work…and still reads Dr. Seuss with enthusiasm. Who reaches one finger out for a little hand to grasp and walks down the sidewalk like it’s the world’s greatest adventure.
The Sexiest Man Alive is the man who puts socks on tiny feet. Who pushes the swing for an hour. Who makes the stuffed bears play basketball and transforms the Radio Flyer into a race car.
I mean, so what John Legend can write a love song that melts your heart like chocolate in the microwave.
Can he install a rear-facing car seat? Because THAT is SEXAYYY.
I get it. Society loves those six-pack abs and evening-shadow beards and voices like butter on a hot, homemade biscuit.
But that isn’t what cranks my tractor.
Yah, I think Ian is a hottie. But his blue eyes, tan skin, and brilliant smile aren’t what make him The Sexiest Man Alive.
His fatherhood does that.
Let’s be honest. You can find a million Abercrombie-looking dudes or sexy coffee shop musicians by taking a stroll at the nearest college campus.
But finding a good man, a good husband, a good father…That stroll would take longer, wouldn’t it?
The Sexiest Man Alive should have that ‘it’ factor. Something rare and intangible that is hard to find and even harder to replicate.
And maybe John Legend has all of that. I really can’t say. I don’t know the guy.
For me, and I think for most of us…the Sexiest Man Alive is the one who makes us laugh, holds our hand, and loves our children.
Is there anything better than that?”
This story was submitted to Love What Matters by Mary Katherine Backstrom. Mary’s book Mom Babble: The Messy Truth about Motherhood is available here. Follow Mary on Instagram here. Submit your story here, and be sure to subscribe to our best love stories here.
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