Idris Elba Is First Man to Cover Maxim Solo

Idris Elba Is First Man to Cover Maxim Solo

The actor landed the important role for being such a "badass."

Published August 5, 2015

(Photo: Maxim Magazine, September 2015)

Idris Elba has made Maxim history by being the first man to land a cover for the magazine all by himself. The 42-year-old actor is gracing the front of the September issue of Maxim, which has always reserved the spot for the hottest women around. But for its latest issue, editors decided to tap into Hollywood’s most suave man for this important role.

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"We've never in US Maxim history had a man on the cover solo," Maxim's editor-in-chief Kate Lanphear said. "This is the very first time, and there was no one else in the world more badass than Idris."

Lanphear referred to Elba as a “living, breathing superhero” and with all that he does, we’re inclined to agree with her. Not only is he an accomplished actor with a Golden Globe and two BET Awards to his name (among others), but he also finds time to DJ and be a father to his two children.

"For me, he was really the perfect embodiment of what I think the new 'Maxim man' is," Lanphear said. "He's multi-dimensional, he's complex, he's sophisticated, but he's down to earth. It was funny when on set, I was like, 'Is there anything this guy can't do?’”

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Written by Dorkys Ramos

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