Late Monday, Stephen Colbert announced People’s Sexiest Man Alive 2022. Chris Evans, best known for his role as Captain America, has been given the title.

“It is with great humility and gratitude that I am thrilled to announce that People magazine has decided to award me the incredible honour of announcing the Sexiest Man Alive for the second year in a row,” Stephen Colbert said to the audience. Chris Evans is this year’s Sexiest Man Alive.”

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Here’s all you need to know about how the sexiest men are chosen and the history behind the name:

In 1985, Mel Gibson was named the magazine’s first Sexiest Man Alive. Others sporadically followed until 1997, when People made their choice of an annual event. George Clooney (twice), Tom Cruise (1990), Adam Levine (2013), and Idris Elba (2018) have all been named “Sexiest” men in the past.

As Slate reported last year, the phrase “Sexiest Man Alive” was coined during an interview with Mel Gibson on the set of Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome in 1985. According to legend, Reporter David Wallace interviewed a displeased Gibson, and Michelle Green, a young writer at the time, spun the piece into a debunking of Gibson “struggling to strike the pose of an international sex symbol while actually being a classic drunk.”

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The process

According to People Editor-in-Chief Dan Wakeford, the concept of Sexiest Man Alive has evolved over the years, but the selection process entails more than simply identifying a celebrity with a handsome face. “We think about it constantly,” Wakeford said. “The day after the last one is published, we start thinking about who might be next year’s ‘Sexiest Man.'”

“There are so many different variables and approaches,” Wakeford explained. “When we want to make a decision, a common starting point is to consider the zeitgeist, or what is sexy at the time.” “What are people interested in right now?”

The following step is to determine which concepts will make visual sense.

“Do we think they’re sexy?” Wakeford elaborated.

His team also conducts polls, which they carefully consider when deciding on their “SMA.”

“We looked at data,” Wakeford admitted. “With over 90 million consumers visiting the People brand each month, we have a lot of data at our disposal.”

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“We did have separate meetings, and it’s very top secret,” Wakeford revealed, adding that until close to the publication date, only about ten staffers are aware of who is chosen for the cover.

“In the office, we’re very careful about who knows what’s going on.” “We keep everything on a secret server for the magazine, so nobody knows who it is,” Wakeford explained.