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All That Time Serving the Public? Very Sexy

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He is hailed as a paragon of timeless male beauty. His face is likened to the chiseled visages of Antonio Banderas, David Beckham and Ricky Martin. He is called, without irony, “a sizzling stalwart.”

One of the sexiest men alive? According to People magazine, it is Andrew M. Cuomo.

No, New York’s governor-elect did not bare his chest, or appear clad in a T-shirt atop a motorcycle (though, truth be told, he does own a Harley). In fact, you can barely see the top of Mr. Cuomo’s tie in the photograph in the magazine’s current edition, an unabashed celebration of virility.

Mr. Cuomo, 52, snagged a coveted slot in the double issue of People, which surveys the international landscape of bulging pectorals and rippling abdominals. “I was,” Mr. Cuomo said in an interview, “slightly surprised initially.”

He was not, however, entirely humbled by it. Asked what kind of regimen he had followed to make the cut, Mr. Cuomo responded wryly: “A lot of it’s just natural. It’s genetic sculpting.”

That, he said, and a sparing diet, and twice-weekly sessions on the treadmill.

Mr. Cuomo appeared in the magazine’s 50-and-over cohort, alongside Sting, Liam Neeson and Michael Bolton. Asked how he was selected, Liz Sporkin, executive editor of People, did not gush about his physical attributes. “His many years of public service make him sexy,” she said.

Mostly, New York’s next chief executive seemed relieved. His younger brother, Chris Cuomo, was named one of People magazine’s most beautiful people in 1997 (and his father, former Gov. Mario M. Cuomo, won a sexiest honor from Playgirl in 1985.)

Chris Cuomo even distributed copies of his appearance as a Christmas card to friends and family. “I thought it was a little much, actually,” his brother said.

For years, it seemed the title would elude Andrew Cuomo, known for hyper-competitive relationships with his father and brother.

Immediately after learning that he had finally earned a slot in the issue this year, Mr. Cuomo called his brother to ask where his photograph was.

“Chris, I noticed, didn’t make the list this year, did he?” Mr. Cuomo asked, mischievously. “I am sure he will understand.”

And he did — sort of.

In an interview, Chris Cuomo, 40, said he had repeatedly turned down invitations to appear in sexiest-men issues, because it detracted from his work as an ABC News reporter.

“I am happy for my brother, the governor-elect, and his so-called sexiness,” he said. “It must be comforting for him to receive kudos from someone other than our mother, who favors him.”

Andrew Cuomo insisted it would not go to his head, though it already seemed to have gone to his vocal chords. At the end of an interview on Tuesday, Mr. Cuomo suddenly deepened his distinctive Italian-flecked accent.

“This,” he said, signing off after the interview, “is my sexiest-man voice.”

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