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Timothée Chalamet, The “Soft” Leading Man | Screen Icons

Timothée Chalamet’s rise in Hollywood is emblematic of a sea change in Hollywood’s idea of the leading man. Far from the rugged, masculine, All-American captain of the football team type, Chalamet is what would have (until recently) been termed “alternative.” Along with Harry Styles in music, he represents today’s version of the androgynous sex symbol. Centering this figure onscreen today signals a mainstream shift into a new era—one that’s less black and white about gender, and that expects men to be sensitive, kind, and open. Here’s our Take on Timothée Chalamet’s role in making the gender-fluid sex symbol a 21st-century icon of masculinity.