I was inspired to write this post after reading a blog post over at Me + Richard Armitage titled OT: Cumberbatch shirt disaster. You can read it HERE. I was reading some of the comments and a few people talked about Benedict Cumberbatch having a female following of his own. I never would have thought Benedict Cumberbatch had a swarm of female fans who think of him the way women think about Richard Armitage. I do not see Benedict Cumberbatch in that way at all; not in the least. That is not to say that there is anything wrong with Benedict Cumberbatch. I do not like to speak in negative terms about how people naturally look because it is very mean-spirited. There may be instances where a person will not look their best because of the clothes they are wearing, or the hairstyle may not be complimentary, or maybe it is the lighting that may make a person look washed out and scary looking. I have made remarks about things like that. But to make remarks about a person’s natural-born physical attributes is a whole other story. Besides, I think that everyone can find someone out there who thinks they are the most beautiful or the most handsome person. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
This is certainly not the most flattering photo of Benedict Cumberbatch..
This is a better photo of Benedict Cumberbatch. Notice the lighter hair color.
This is an even better photograph of Benedict Cumberbatch. Notice the lighter hair color.
No matter how I slice it though, I don’t see Benedict Cumberbatch the way I see Richard Armitage. After reading the post over at Me + Richard Armitage I started to think about the men who do inspire me and what if anything those men have in common. I came up with the men in the mosaic photo on top. They are Ross Arne Naess, Hugh Jackman, Denzel Washington, Idris Elba, Richard Armitage, Blair Underwood, Tyler Perry and Lamman Rucker. All except one are over 40.
There are very few photos of Ross Naess online. Most of the photos that I could find has him standing with his famous family. Ross Naess is the eldest son of singer Diana Ross. Of course his father is the late shipping tycoon Arne Naess. Tracee Ellis Ross is his sister. There is something about this young man who stands out from the rest. There is a “presence” about him that is very endearing.
Ross Naess standing with his mother Diana Ross, sister Tracee, brother Evan and seated is his sister Chudney.
Diana Ross and Arness Naess wedding in 1986. Ross Arne Naess was born the following year.
Diana Ross and Arne Naess were married for 14 years.
Ross on the right with his brother Evan. Evan is handsome too.
To me Ross Naess looks very much like his father. He also got some of his mother’s coloring and coily hair. What a great combination. Ross has such an interesting look.
Evan Olaf Naess and Ross Naess.
Evan, Diana Ross and Ross Naess.
There is just something about Ross Naess……
If you have been keeping up with my blog you already know about my new-found admiration for Hugh Jackman. It isn’t only that he is handsome. I am so attracted to the fact that Hugh loves and values his wife and children and was mature enough at age 26 to fall love with a 39-year-old and marry her.
Jack the Man!
Denzel Washington to me is classy and classic. Denzel is also a family man who has been married to his wife Pauletta since 1983. To me Denzel is aging like fine wine as well.
I first saw Denzel Washington in a play called Checkmate in New York City. Denzel was not very well-known at the time. I remember the play not being all that great, but Denzel did a wonderful job in his role. Denzel is not tall at all, but handsome all the same.
I first saw actor Idris Elba in 2007 in one of Tyler Perry’s movies. Idris was born and raised in London, England. His father is from Sierra Leone and his mother is from Ghana. Idris is 6’3″ tall. He seems to be a nice guy and he is definitely a very good actor.
Of course this list would not be complete without Richard Armitage. Nothing more needs to be said. You already know how I feel about him. (smile)
I first saw Blair Underwood many years ago on the soap opera One Life to Live. This was back when you hardly ever saw African-Americans on soap operas. Blair played a seedy character named Bobby Blue. I was so excited to see a black actor on the show, but I was not too excited that he was playing a thug. I thought it was so stereotypical at the time. Never the less I thought Blair was so good-looking and still do. Blair Underwood is now 48 years old and he is certainly aging well. I had a crush on Blair for quite some time.
Tyler Perry may be a surprising choice to some, but I love me some Tyler Perry. To me Tyler is unconventionally handsome. Like the other men, Tyler also seems to be a genuinely nice person. I had an enormous crush on Tyler for years until Richard Armitage came along and knocked Tyler off that pedestal and replaced him. At 6’5″ tall Tyler is taller than Richard, Tyler also has a really deep and distinctive voice that I love listening to. I admire the fact that Tyler was able to transcend his very troubled childhood and accomplish many amazing things. This man is quite an inspiration.
Tyler as Madea
In case you have been living on a another planet, Tyler Perry rose to fame when he made up the Madea character and played her himself. Madea is short for mother dear or ma dear. Madea is funny and I really enjoyed the character for a long time. I think it is time for Tyler to retire the Madea character though. For me Madea is played out now. I love that Tyler has been mostly portraying other characters in his recent movies.
Tyler is a writer, actor, producer and director. He also built his own film studios in Atlanta, Georgia.
Tyler was recently on the cover of Essence Magazine with his friend Oprah Winfrey.
I don’t know a whole lot about Lamman Rucker. I first saw him in 2010 in a Tyler Perry movie called Why Did I Get Married. At first sight I said to myself he is a hunk. I think that Lamman has unforgettable good looks. At 6’3″ tall Lamman is also right in step with the other tall men that I admire.
I would love to hear about the men who inspire you and why. For me it is a combination of many things, not just their good looks, but also their personalities and values. Also for me there is a “presence” about them that stands out among the rest.