Earlier this month, People magazine realized something that I — and most women — have known for nearly two decades: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is sexy as f**k.
Rock has finally been recognized for his unbelievable good looks, earning the prize of People's Sexiest Man Alive of 2016. And that's certainly no insult...
What makes me even happier is that Rock is the first man of color to earn the title since Denzel Washington in 1996, which is the year Rock first brought his good looks into the public eye. Let's take a look back at how Rock's sexy style has evolved over the years.
Rocky Maivia — 1996 To Early 1997
Rock first debuted on WWE (then known as the World Wrestling Federation) as "Rocky Maivia." The name was a combination of his father's and grandfather's monikers: Rocky Johnson and High Chief Peter Maivia.
During Rocky Maivia's early days, he was a real "blue chipper" with a sweet personality and a strange pineapple haircut. Yeah, he was cute, but he needed just a little bit of guidance with his look.
Heel Rocky Maivia — Mid 1997 To Mid 1998
By 1997, Rocky Maivia's look and attitude changed. He went from being a "babyface" to a "heel," or in layman's terms, his wrestling character was transformed from a good guy to a bad guy. This is the time period when sweet and lovable Rocky Maivia became The Rock, a trash talkin', egotistical grappler who wasn't afraid of anything or anybody.
The badass persona fit him like a glove — and the new appearance wasn't bad, either. Instead of pineapple hair and baby blue trunks with white boots, Rock began to wear his wavy hair combed back, and sported sexy black boots and trunks in the ring. His outer ring look was still or hit miss, to be honest. Remember, this was same time period Rock sported the fanny pack and turtleneck.
The Champion — Mid 1998 To Mid 2001
In November 1998, Rock became the youngest-ever WWF Champion (at the time, since the title now belongs to Randy Orton), and he started dressing the part. He sported long, Elvis-like sideburns, gold jewelry, and $500 shirts and shoes. Despite most of those shirts being gaudy, his new style of dress worked for him — at least in my opinion.
The new fashion statement, along with Rock's catchphrases, hilarious promos and unforgettable antics, made him a household name. By late 2000 to early 2001, the loud shirts were toned down a bit, as were the sideburns (thank God), but Rock still looked hot and his star continued to rise, making Hollywood take notice.
Casual Rock — Mid 2001 To 2002
After taking a two-month hiatus from the WWF to film The Scorpion King, Rock returned to wrestling in June 2001 with a shorter haircut and a slightly slimmed-down and tightened body. He traded in his extravagant and expensive clothes for sleeveless T-shirts, track pants and sneakers. Outside the ring, he'd don more casual clothing such as loose-fitting dress shirts and sweaters with jeans. I have to say, this was one of my favorite periods. Rock's sexy factor really started to shine through.
Hollywood Rock — 2003 To Early 2005
When Rock returned to the WWE in 2003, he came back with — to quote Jim Ross — "a new tattoo and a new attitude." Rock had just gotten his now-legendary pe'a (a traditional Samoan tattoo), his hair was nearly shaved, and he went back to sporting his leather vest and pants ensemble on a regular basis; he first introduced the look in 2001.
Rock had also slimmed his body down a bit more for movie roles. His ring persona was that of a heel again — only this time around, he was a lot more excitable, whereas during his previous heel run, he was cocky yet subdued. Outside of the ring, he opted to wear dress shirts and slacks, and honey, I did not complain! Rock reintroduced the look again around the time he was filming Doom. By the way, am I the only one that liked that movie?
The Family Man — 2006-2010
When Rock had to film The Game Plan in 2006, he fit the role of a professional quarterback and grew his hair out. Whenever he did interviews and appearances, he usually would be casually dressed in a blazer, V-neck shirt and jeans. I have to admit, I liked this look, but at the same time, it wasn't one of my favorites. I prefer Rock a little bit thicker.
From 2007 to 2010, Rock revitalized his look from 2001 and 2002 (without the "Just Bring It" shirts and track pants, of course), and did a string of family films. However, the fans were dying to see him return to his action movie roots, and in 2010, he did just that.
Beefed Up Box Office Draw — 2010 To Present
Rock's modern look originated with no-nonsense DSS agent Luke Hobbs in Fast Five, and he embodied the role by shaving his head completely, growing a goatee, bulking up his body and tightening his sexy muscles even more. When Fast Five came out in the summer of 2011, Rock's kickass interpretation of Hobbs gave new life to the Fast and Furious film series, earning Rock the title of "Franchise Viagra."
Rock made an even bigger splash that year when he returned to WWE. The sexy goatee was gone (he only grows it out when he's set to film another installment for the Fast and Furious saga), but Rock's ring attire more than made up for it. His tight Under Armour shirts delighted every lady who tuned in to see him on the small screen, and his new style of wearing three-piece suits to interviews and movie premieres was enough to make us all salivate as well.
After Rock revamped his fashion sense — as well as his movie choices, and his role on HBO's Ballers — he blasted into superstardom and hasn't looked back. And we haven't looked away!
What do y'all think Rock's sexiest moments/eras were? Let me know in the comments section below.