Most people know what the Sexiest Man Alive is. Some may even know how to spell his name. Most people see him as a heart-breaking love story that ended in tragedy. A few have even said it was fortunate that his life was cut short, because he would have been an uninspiring monotone. I would like to argue that this is an unfair characterization of one of the most fascinating and engaging men of our time. Let’s take a closer look at his extraordinary life and times.

The Sexiest Man Alive Has All the Munchkins

The Sexiest Man Alive competition was first held in 2007, and since then, thousands of men have competed, trying to embody the “sexiness” that the press has so often attributed to Robert Pattinson. As you may have guessed, this year’s applicant was no exception. He stood out among the sea of white guys in colorful outfits with his own personal touch—a black suit and a black shirt with white stripes on them. This wasn’t just any old suit either—it was custom made by Savile Row tailors. If you’ve ever been to London, you may have heard of Savile Row. It’s often referred to as the “Prada of Tailors,” because of all the famous people who have their suits made there. The tailor’s signature is visible in the fit and the cut of the suit, which is probably why Pattinson opted for a custom made one.

You may be wondering why I keep mentioning white guys. Well, because most of them have competed in the past, and this year was no exception. Out of the 27 finalists, 26 of them were white, and only one was a Latino (or as we like to call him in the US, an “Amerifreight Latino guy”). Let’s take a closer look at the contestants.

He’s In Good Company

When I first heard that Robert Pattinson was entering the Sexiest Man Alive competition, my initial thought was that he was in good company. After all, here he was, competing against all these famous and well-known men who have graced the cover of Vanity Fair and been featured in Vogue and W Magazine. To me, this seemed like a no-brainer. He was in the company of some of the most eligible bachelors in the world. What’s more, as previously mentioned, most of the contestants this year were personal assistants or bodyguards. This is no coincidence. A lot of these men work for extremely wealthy individuals or corporate executives, and being able to provide a better lifestyle for their employer is probably what got them into this competition in the first place. It’s all about class and money with these men, and their employers are the ones who really benefit from their good behavior.

He Has A History Of Modeling

With all the men we’ve just discussed, you may be thinking that they were all models or fashion icons before they became famous, but that’s not the case. Robert Pattinson has always been interested in fashion, and for most of his life, he has been known to model. He even signed a deal with a modeling agency back in the day, when he was just starting out. If you want to see some of the photos from back then, you can check them out on his modeling website.

He’s been in some pretty famous advertisements too. He’s always seemed to be the cool, collected type. The kind of guy you want to have a beer with or sit next to at a bar. The perfect gentleman. The kind of guy women want to be with. The adoring fans may even find him the perfect boyfriend. The kind of guy you want to be with forever. This is the image many people have of Robert Pattinson. However, it doesn’t reflect the truth. Behind the scenes, he is a very emotional man. He’s often been described as having a “puppy dog gaze”, and he’s actually been in therapy for much of his life. In 2010, he admitted that he had been in therapy since he was a teenager and that it was a necessity. This is a far cry from the calm, collected man who graced the cover of Vanity Fair in 2013.

He Captured People’s Attention With His Performance In Twilight

I remember seeing the first Twilight movie back in 2008, and I was absolutely captivated. I was only aware of one other movie before that point, The Boyfriend, which I did not find particularly appealing. Twilight drew me in with its mix of suspense, romance, and horror, making me want to see more. The trailers for the next movie were even more enticing, and I had to see what all the fuss was about. The final scene in particular had me on the edge of my seat—it really was terrifying to watch. I had never seen a werewolf movie before, and I had no idea what was going on, but I immediately wanted to find out. This reaction was apparently what Robert Pattinson was looking for. He set out to capture the attention of moviegoers and magazine readers with his portrayal of a young, tortured vampire named Edward Cullen. It’s no surprise then that he became quite the sensation, landing him on the cover of FHM magazine and gaining him legions of fans. The next movie was The Breaking Dawn—Part 1, which was a true success. Even now, people are still talking about his performance in that movie, how he was able to capture the essence of a tortured vampire, how he made you care about a character who was clearly meant to be hated.

The Sexiest Man Alive Is Not As Grim As You’d Think

I want to take a moment to discuss something that most people don’t realize about Robert Pattinson. For all the darkness that surrounds his life, he has found a way to smile. If you go to his Instagram account, you will see that he frequently posts pictures of himself smiling or laughing. He has also been known to snap a joke or two in the cut-out scenes of the films he’s starred in. He has used his fame and success to open up about his mental health, revealing that he has had therapy sessions and taking the time to get some relief from his crippling depression and anxiety. Is he destined to be a heart-breaking figure? Or could he be the hero we’ve all been waiting for? He has definitely found a way to make us care about him, and that is a rare gift for an actor. People can relate to a smiling, well-adjusted vampire. As his fans have already begun to dub him, he is “the munchkin.”

This brings us back to the topic at hand. Is Robert Pattinson the Sexiest Man Alive? Well, it’s certainly true that he is a favorite of ours here at Sexiest Men Alive. He easily fits into the category. He was born in London, but raised in Australia, so he definitely has the Down Under accent to boast about. His acting career really took off when he starred opposite Kristen Stewart in the Twilight films. Since then, he has mostly starred in action-adventure films or dramas, rarely taking a chance on anything comedic (with the exception of New Moon, which is actually a pretty funny movie). This is probably because he is a very private individual and doesn’t like to put himself out there for the world to see. It’s not that he doesn’t want to be famous—he just wants to keep his private life private. The more time that goes by, the more I see his point. The only way we will ever know for sure is if one day he decides to reveal all to us.