Idris Elba is no ordinary Maxim cover star. The dishy actor is the very first man to appear solo on the usually sexy women-only magazine, which is all part of the major rebrand the magazine has been undergoing. Rather than plumping for a scantily clad female, the magazine chose Idris to front the September issue, with the words ‘Man Up’ appropriately placed next to him. We don’t think they could have picked anyone better.
“We’ve never in US Maxim history had a man on the cover solo. This is the very first time, and there was no one else in the world more badass than Idris,” the new editor-in-chief Kate Lanphear told Racked magazine.
Idris is the second surprising star to cover Maxim with it’s whole new look. Earlier this year, Taylor Swift made headlines for covering the usually lads mags’ style publication when she was voted number one on the hot list.
We know what you’re thinking; you never thought you’d see Taylor on the front of a men’s magazine. But, Maxim has recently undergone a massive rebrand thanks to its new editor-in-chief, Kate Lanphear, who is all for celebrating women for what they’ve accomplished, rather than simply what they look like. “I think it’s a great testament to the rebrand that we can attract people of Taylor’s calibre,” Kate told Fashionista. “Taylor was chosen based on her accomplishments and I was determined to have someone whose talent really transcended their beauty.”
In fact, all the women on Maxim’s list for 2015 have been chosen either due to what they’ve already accomplished, or based on upcoming projects, including Dakota Johnson, Lupita Nyong’o, Joan Smalls and Emilia Clarke. This year even marks the first time a 50-year old has been included, in the form of the incredible Monica Bellucci.
Where we’ve seen super sexy shoots splashed across the magazine’s cover for the past 14 years, Taylor’s own cover has in fact been borrowed from her shoot for Wonderland magazine, featuring her with wet-look hair and minimal make-up, looking awesome.
So how does the pop superstar feel about being Maxim’s number one? “It’s really nice and such an incredible compliment. This year has been my favourite year of my life so far. I got to make an album exatly the way I wanted to make it,” she told the men’s mag. When asked why she’s become more vocal about feminism, Taylor replied: “Honestly, I didn’t have an accurate definition of feminism when I was younger. I didn’t quite see all the ways that feminism is vital to growing up in the world we live in.”
She continues: “I didn’t see myself being held back until I was a woman. Or the double standards in headlines, the double standards in the way stories are told, the double standards in the way things are perceived…Misogyny is ingrained in people from the time they are born. So to me, feminism is probably the most important movement you could embrace, because it’s just basically another word for equality.”
We never thought Maxim’s ‘Hot List’ would ever make us feel empowered, but thanks to Taylor, that’s exactly what’s happened.