It seems Zayn Malik really is headed in ‘one direction’: up!
The 23-year-old singer has been crowned the World’s Sexiest Asian Man for the second year in a row. After becoming the youngest recipient of the title in 2015, it seems Zayn has only gotten hotter, topping the long-running list of 50 Sexiest Asian Men once again.
The list, compiled by the UK-based newspaper Eastern Eye, also featured other prominent South Asian celebrities, with Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan taking second place and Pakistani heartthrob Fawad Khan coming in third.
Zayn’s latest win continued the incredible momentum generated by the unstoppable pop superstar in 2016, whose hit song Pillowtalk dominated the charts, while his high-profile romance with supermodel Gigi Hadid made headlines.
Eastern Eye’s award-winning entertainment editor Asjad Nazir, who founded the list and puts it together annually, said Zayn received more global attention than any other Asian star in 2015, and got even more in 2016:
“The singer/songwriter showed comprehensively there was life after boy band One Direction with a rip-roaring start to his solo career. It was as if he struck a match, casually threw it at the world and stepped back to watch a wildfire sweep across the continents with his songs burning up the charts. The hot right now pop superstar saw media going into meltdown, social networking sites overheat and countless fans seeing their own temperatures skyrocket.”
The mass interest in the 13th edition of the list was such that it was trending on Twitter across different countries, including India, during the voting process. Popular Indian television star Ashish Sharma (4) and Bollywood’s current box office king Salman Khan (5) complete the top five. Others in the 2016 top 10 are Barun Sobti (6), Shahid Kapoor (7), Vivian Dsena (8), Ali Zafar (9), and Ranveer Singh (10).
The highest placed newcomer in this year’s list is 24-year-old Indian television actor Param Singh (19) and the oldest in 51-year-old Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan (17). The youngest in the 13th edition of the list is 18-year-old Pakistani tea-stall holder Arshad Khan (31), who is the first man to ever be included as an editor’s choice.
“Impoverished teenager Arshad Khan broke the Internet earlier this year when his photograph serving tea sent females around the world into a frenzy. He has since been plucked from obscurity and gained global media attention along with a new career in modeling. He makes the list for representing the every day man and for showing the most impossible dream can come true.”
So whether you sell tea or hit records, it seems there’s a place for everyone on this year’s list of Sexiest Asian Men!