Idris Elba makes men's history, covers Maxim

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Idris Elba Is First Man to Grace Maxim's Cover Solo

In an important milestone for men, Idris Elba is covering Maxim's September issue, which is out on newsstands tomorrow. (The magazine has only ever featured female cover subjects in the past.) Posing in a black leopard-print funnel coat, presumably as a way to deflect overzealous air-conditioning, the actor is dubbed an "all-around badass." Men really can do anything if they put their minds to it, it seems!

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LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27: Idris Elba attends the 'Fashion For Relief' Pop Up Launch at Westfield London on November 27, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 27: Idris Elba attends the Fashion For Relief at Westfield London on November 27, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA NOVEMBER 14 (SOUTH AFRICA OUT): Idris Elba during an interview on November 14, 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The British actor was in the country as part of a tour hosted by Oude Meester brandy. (Photo by Elizabeth Sejake/City Press/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 2: British actor Idris Elba speaks to the media ahead of the 'Defeating Ebola: Sierra Leone' conference at Lancaster House on October 2, 2014 in London, England. Britain hosted an international conference today to help organise the fight against Ebola in its former colony Sierra Leone, as a charity warned that five people were becoming infected every hour in the West African nation. (Photo by Leon Neal - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
British actor Idris Elba speaks to the media ahead of the 'Defeating Ebola: Sierra Leone' conference in central London, on October 2, 2014. Britain hosted an international conference on Thursday to help organise the fight against Ebola in its former colony Sierra Leone, as a charity warned that five people were becoming infected every hour in the West African nation. AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL/POOL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23: Actor Idris Elba attends the MOBO Awards nominations launch at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club on September 23, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: Actor Idris Elba attends the 2014 Social Good Summit at 92Y on September 21, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
Actor Idris Elba attends the 8th Annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards ceremony in New York September 21, 2014. AFP PHOTO/STEPHEN CHERNIN (Photo credit should read STEPHEN CHERNIN/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 26: Actors Idris Elba and Taraji P.Henson attend The L.A. Special Screening Of Screen Gems' 'No Good Deed' at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on August 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Screen Gems)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 26: Actors Idris Elba and Taraji P.Henson attend The L.A. Special Screening Of Screen Gems' 'No Good Deed' at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on August 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Screen Gems)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Actor Idris Elba reads the poem 'Invictus' during the opening ceremony for the Invictus Games, presented by Jaguar Land Rover at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on September 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images for Jaguar Land Rover)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: Idris Elba attends HBO's Official 2014 Emmy After Party at The Plaza at the Pacific Design Center on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 02: Idris Elba speaks on stage at the Spotify in Conversation with Idris Elba on the ITV Stage at Princess Anne during day three of Advertising Week Europe held at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly on April 2, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images For Advertising Week)
Idris Elba speaks on stage at the 45th NAACP Image Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
FILE - This Jan. 4, 2014 file photo shows actor Idris Elba at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala in Palm Springs, Calif. Elba tweeted Friday, April 18, that his son Winston was born Thursday, adding a photo of the baby’s tiny hand gripping his finger. Elba had Winston with his girlfriend, Naiyana Garth. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
Idris Elba arrives at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in Palm Springs, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
British actor Idris Elba meets fans as he arrives for the UK Premiere of the Long Walk to Freedom, a film based on the South African President Nelson Mandela's autobiography of the same name, to the Odeon cinema in Leicester Square, central London, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision for Pathe/AP)
British actors Idris Elba and Naomie Harris pose for photographers as they arrive on the red carpet for the UK Premiere of 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom' at the Odeon Leicester Square in London on Thursday Dec. 5, 2013. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP Images)
Idris Elba who plays Nelson Mandela poses for photographers as he arrives to attend the UK premiere of the movie "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" at a cinema in London, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Idris Elba who plays Nelson Mandela poses for photographers as he arrives to attend the UK premiere of the movie "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" at a cinema in London, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Actor Idris Elba, left, and actress Naomie Harris, right, attend a screening of "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom" hosted by U2 and Anna Wintour on Monday, Nov., 25, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
From left, The Edge, Bono, Anna Wintour, Larry Mullen, Jr., Adam Clayton and Idris Elba attend a screening of "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom" hosted by U2 and Anna Wintour on Monday, Nov., 25, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Actor Idris Elba attends a screening of "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom" hosted by U2 and Anna Wintour on Monday, Nov., 25, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
FILE - This Nov. 14, 2013 file photo shows actor Idris Elba at the New York premiere of "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom" in New York. Elba was nominated for a Golden Globe for best actor in a motion picture drama for his role in the film on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. The 71st annual Golden Globes will air on Sunday, Jan. 12. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)
Naomie Harris and Idris Elba seen on the red carpet at the 2013 Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences' Governor Awards, on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 in Los Angeles (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
From left, actors Terry Pheto, Idris Elba and Naomie Harris attend the New York premiere of "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom" on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Actor Idris Elba attends the New York premiere of "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom" on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Idris Elba arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" at the ArcLight Hollywood Cinerama Dome on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Idris Elba arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" at the ArcLight Hollywood Cinerama Dome on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Idris Elba accepts the "Britannia Humanitarian Award" during the 2013 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Idris Elba speaks onstage at the 2013 Soul Train Awards at the Orleans Arena on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP)
From left, honorees Benedict Cumberbatch, Sacha Baron Cohen, Kathryn Bigelow, Sir Ben Kingsley, George Clooney, and Idris Elba are seen onstage during the 2013 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Idris Elba speaks onstage at the 2013 Soul Train Awards at the Orleans Arena on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP)
In this photo taken Sunday, Nov 3, 2013 British actor Idris Elba, who stars as Nelson Mandela, embraces Winnie Madikizela Mandela, former wife of former president Nelson Mandela at the South African premier of the film Mandela - Long Walk To Freedom, in Johannesburg. The biographical film directed by Justin Chadwick, is based on South African President Nelson Mandela's autobiography of the same name, which chronicles his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison before becoming President and working to rebuild the country’s once segregated society. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
In this photo taken Sunday, Nov 3, 2013 British actor Idris Elba, left, who stars as Nelson Mandela, hold Winnie Madikizela Mandela's, former wife of former president Nelson Mandela hands at the South African premier of the film Mandela - Long Walk To Freedom, in Johannesburg. The biographical film directed by Justin Chadwick, is based on South African President Nelson Mandela's autobiography of the same name, which chronicles his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison before becoming President and working to rebuild the country’s once segregated society. On right is Zindzi Mandela, daughter of Madikizela Mandela and Mandla. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
British Actor Idris Elba, who stars as Nelson Mandela, arrives at the South African premier of the film Mandela - Long Walk To Freedom, in Johannesburg, Sunday Nov. 3, 2013. The biographical film directed by Justin Chadwick, is based on South African President Nelson Mandela's autobiography of the same name, which chronicles his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison before becoming President and working to rebuild the country’s once segregated society. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
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The "Legit Issue" also touts features with A$AP Rocky, Gay Talese, and Fetty Wap, among other deserving men. When she took over the helm as EIC a year ago, Kate Lanphear told the Cut, "I invite female readers!" This cover, though, probably does more to achieve that than any formal invitation would.


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