Actor Channing Tatum is the Sexiest Man Alive, according to People magazine.

Tatum's role as a male stripper in 'Magic Mike' surely helped him secure this lofty cultural honor of the highest order. You're nobody, at least in the hunk world, until you are anointed "Sexiest Man Alive" by the glossy weekly. Remember, George Clooney even made reference to his appointment as the SMA in his Oscar speech years ago.

Congrats, Channing! You deserve it. From your thick-necked, ultra-masculine good looks to your acting ability, we can't think of anyone out there sexier than thou art.

In honor of Tatum's new title, which he will retain for an entire year, we look back at some of his steamiest photos, especially those shirtless shots from 'Magic Mike.'

Take a look at the official People cover to the left, as well. It really does capture the aura and essence of Tatum's hunktacular self.

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