People Magazine named WHO Most Beautiful? Nope. Here are 6 Black folks who deserved the cover

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Well, People shat the bed once again with its annual Most Beautiful People issue.

For 2019, the magazine gave the Most Beautiful Person award to… Jennifer Garner. As in, star of 2018’s Peppermint – which exactly seven people saw – and Ben Affleck’s ex-wife. Like, Garner is alright, but if I’m rattling off a list of beautiful Hollywood actresses, I’d talk all damn day before her name comes out of my mouth.

It should come as no surprise that a magazine which awarded Blake Shelton “Sexiest Man Alive” – and which has special Country music editions – would dub Garner and her aggressively European features the “most beautiful” of anything. Here are just a few people who have never received the accolades from People, yet could easily compete for that top spot.

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1. Condola Rashad

Condola Rashad

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 10: Condola Rashad attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

It should come as no surprise to anyone with working eyes that the daughter of the great Phylicia Rashad and niece of Debbie Allen is anything short of stunning. The star of Showtime’s Billions has infinity pools for eyes that are probably perfect for hypnotizing some fool. And by “fool,” I mean me.


2. Kofi Siriboe

Kofi Siriboe

LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 25: Kofi Siriboe backstage at the 2017 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for BET)

Siriboe started his career as a model and in bit roles for various films. but larger audiences weren’t up on the Ghanaian-American actor until he blessed OWN Network’s Queen Sugar as the ever-embattled Ralph Angel Bordelon. He also popped up in Girls Trip as the cradle-jacking lo- err- sex interest of Jada Pinkett Smith’s character. Dude’s smile will blind the sun, but his Ralph Angel is the beating heart of Queen Sugar.



3. Antoinette Robertson

Antoinette Robertson

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 21: Antoinette Robertson attends the 2019 Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards Luncheon at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images for Essence)

Netflix’s Dear White People has no shortage of attractive players. But Robertson’s Coco Conners stuns me every time she hits the screen. Robertson is Jamaican by way of the Bronx, which makes sense because Jamaican women are a weakness of mine. Robertson also pops up on the first season of Atlanta as an object of Paperboi’s affection in the excellent “The Club” episode. Here’s to seeing her in more material very soon.


4. Michael Ealy

Michael Ealy

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 22: Michael Ealy attends The Broad Hosts West Coast Debut Of “Soul Of A Nation: Art In the Age Of Black Power 1963-1983” at The Broad on March 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)

Light-skinned brothers took a little break when Al B. Sure and Shemar Moore sailed into middle age, but Ealy has held it down since popping up on the original Barbershop film in 2002. You can catch him still being unrepentantly light-eyed on the series finale of Being Mary Jane and an upcoming movie with Meagan and Dennis Quad called The Intruder.


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5. Tristin Mays

Tristin Mays

HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 23: Tristin Mays attends the Paley Center For Media’s 2019 PaleyFest LA – “Hawaii Five-0”, “MacGyver”, And “Magnum P.I.” held at the Dolby Theater on March 23, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/Getty Images)

Mays is a throwback to the girls I had crushes on as a teenager in the 1990s. She’s got a beautiful double-row smile and an Instagram account that reveals a playful, relatable, self-deprecating soul who is far more down to earth than the average Hollywood diva. You can find her on the CBS MacGyver reboot, as well as the direct-to-video House Party: Tonight’s the Night. Yes, that’s a House Party sequel. Yes, I watched it only to see Mays. No, I regret nothing.  


6. Winston Duke

Winston Duke

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 29: Winston Duke poses in the press room at the 50th NAACP Image Awards Non-Televised Dinner at Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 29, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Rachel Luna/Getty Images)

It’s almost cliché at this point to love on Michael B. Jordan. But Black Panther introduced the masses to another, unexpected object of affection: a Trinidadian man with thighs like Northern Red Oak trees. The goddess Aprhodite herself couldn’t compete with Lupita N’yongo on-screen in the beauty department, but Duke holds his own as N’yongo’s doofus husband in Jordan Peele’s Us. He’s proof that bigger is often better.