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Damson Idris Says Being Raised By His Mom Influenced His Love For Black Women

It's raining men, hallelujah. Lucky for us, ESSENCE just rolled out their May/June issue, otherwise known as "The Men's Issue" with four new covers and their inaugural "Sexiest Men of the Moment" list featuring 18 Black men across various industries. Leading the pack and adorning the mag's coveted issue on different covers embodying different definitions of "sexy" are British actor Damson Idris, pro-athlete Russell Wilson, and the Usher Raymond.


The older you get, the more it's understood that sexiness isn't about appearance as much as it is an energy you embody. Sexy is as sexy does. It's something that recent NAACP Image Award winner Damson Idris understands to a T. "I think if you care about what you do, that’s sexy—and that’s inspiring," the 32-year-old actor reveals to ESSENCE in his cover story.

Here's what else the "man of mystery" shared with the publication:

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Damson on his love for Black women:

Damson was raised by his mother, Silifat "Philippa" Abike Idris, whom he affectionately called "my hero, my best friend, my guru" to the mag. He went on to detail to ESSENCE how being raised by a single mom informed his love for Black women:

"I just have a love for women. My mother is a Black woman, and that love stays with me. I feel protected by Black women. I feel loved by Black women. I feel at home."

Damson on keeping some things about his life private: 

As the Snowfall actor's stock has steadily risen, so has his desire for privacy.

"I think privacy is key. I’ll speak to my industry, just as an actor and an artist. Someone once said, 'If they pay to see you for free during the week, they won’t pay to see you on the weekend.' So I stick to that philosophy—keep some of that mystique."

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(L-R) Damson Idris and his mother Philippa Idris at the 55th NAACP Image Awards

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Damson on the importance of staying humble: 

Damson shared with the mag that the most important life lesson he has learned in the industry is "to remain humble," something he also said was instilled in him from his mother.

"I love the saying, 'The giant looks in the mirror and sees nothing.' Humility is such an important thing that can take humans far."

Read the full cover story here. ESSENCE's May/June issue is available on newsstands April 23.

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