Swagger Like Us: Vanilla Hollywood Boys With That Je Ne Sais Quoi

October 13, 2011  |  
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Black men have a monopoly on swagger, we all know that, and most black women can agree that Idris Elba stands as the reigning and defining king of Hollywood swagger. The way he talks, walks, moves, and…need we go on?

In any case, aside from the Elbas of the world, we have to admit, there are some fine, full-of-flavor vanilla actors rocking it too. We’re not talking about JT here ladies (no cornballs here), we’re talking the white boys who exude effortless cool. These are the men who will always be welcomed by the sistahs of the world. We think you’ll agree.


Brad Pitt

Let’s just start off with the most obvious. He made quite the impression with his debut appearance in the cult film Thelma & Louise and hasn’t stopped since. His sex appeal, down-to-earth demeanor, and his stellar good looks will keep him in the running for People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” cover for decades to come. Not to mention, he does have a comfort level with the sistahs. He and Robin Givens dates in his pre-Gwyneth Paltrow, pre-Jen Aniston days.

Swagger Rating: 5 stars

Javier Bardem

Javier, you had us at hola. He frightened us in No Country For Old Men and wooed us in Vicky Christina Barcelona. We’re jealous that Penelope Cruz gets to come home to this hunk of man every night. This Spanish hottie’s latin flavor, humble attitude and masculine build definitely infuse his swagger factor.

Swagger Rating: 4 stars

David Beckham

The biggest football star in the world racked up popularity points not only for his fancy footwork but also, or more so, for his rugged good looks. The father of four and long-time husband of Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham is no pretty boy. He knows how to hobnob with Hollywood and keep it very family-oriented at the same time.

Swagger Rating: 3.5 stars

George Clooney

The subtle, private Clooney always has people guessing. He’s a man of mystery but also a man with a great sense of humor. If there was a modern-day version of the Rat Pack, he’d be leading it as he defines effortless charm.

Swagger Rating: 4 stars

Bradley Cooper

Maybe it’s his Philadelphia roots that gives The Hangover star so much swag. Whatever it is, he got it. The divorced actor and former boyfriend of Renee Zelwegger is on the dating market and available AND has no kids! Come this way, Bradley, come this way….

Swagger Rating: 3.5 stars

Channing Tatum

This Mississippi-bred actor danced his way into the spotlight in the film “Step Up.” He ended up marrying his co-star Jenna Dewan a few years later. Who could blame her, the boy has flavor!

Swagger Rating: 3.5 stars

Sam Worthington

This Aussie first caught our eye when he was completely naked in the Terminator Salvation flick. When he crawled out of that pit of dirt with mud smeared all over his muscled body, we knew we were in love.  He has since starred in other blockbusters like Avatar, although we regret he didn’t get naked in that film.  He certainly has come into his own since coming to the U.S. in his 30s, showing an impressive amount of swag both clothed and nude.

Swagger Rating: 5 stars

Christian Bale

Batman got crazy swag. He’s masculine and commanding presence is Hot and all but lord knows you don’t want to be married to such a man. He’s got too much of a temper for us but we certainly don’t mind appreciating his swaggerliciousness from afar.

Swagger Rating: 4 stars

Colin Farrell

The bad boy of Hollywood definitely got some Irish swagger going on, which is not too much of a surprise. Aren’t Irish people like the Blacks of the U.K? Farrell’s swagger has recently attracted Rihanna, who couldn’t control her visible attraction while taping a UK talk show with the actor sitting next to her earlier this year. Their romance didn’t last long however which is a good thing. These two are not the settling down types.

Swagger Rating: 4 stars


Ryan Gosling

Attention Madame Noire readers! You are sure to recognize hottie Ryan Gosling from our recent edition of Morning Eye Candy. Oh yes, if we could put him on there every week, we would. This boy has some serious swag. Like we said before, what he lacks in traditional good looks, he makes up for in his masculine and mysterious persona.

Swagger Rating: 5+ stars!

Alexander Skarsgard

True Blood fans know all about Alexander Skarsgard. This vampire is very forward with expressing his thoughts on sex and masculinity, making his interviews a source of enticing fodder for his female fans. Do you need an example? In a 2010 interview with Rolling Stone, he discussed going totally nude for on-screen sex scenes.  “I don’t want a sock around it, that feels ridiculous. If we’re naked in the scene, then I’m naked. I’ve always been that way.”

Swagger Rating: 4.5

Mark Wahlberg

He may have come up via his connection to older brother Donnie Wahlberg of New Kids on The Block fame, but Marky Mark ain’t no punk…at least not anymore. Through and through, he has been able to command a greater Hollywood presence by taking on roles that convey his guy’s guy image. We have to say, we love it! Again, shout out to the East Coast (he’s a Boston boy) for producing so much vanilla swagger. If you haven’t seen the Fighter yet, it’s a must for your Netflix queue.

Paul Walker

You, the people, have spoken! Shortly after putting this story up, there was a huge reaction and many, many requests to add Paul Walker to this list. We agree! How did we overlook his high swagger factor? This Fast and Furious star held his own alongside our top Swaggerlicious babe Idris Elba in last year’s Takers. And word has it that the 38-year-old bachelor is still on the market. What up with that Mr. Walker? Too good looking to be held down by one woman, heh?

Swagger Rating: 4.5

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