Eye Candy: All Grown Up

Eye Candy: All Grown Up
ESSENCE.COM May, 12, 2011

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We’re paying a little extra attention to a few young stars who grew into sexy men right before our eyes, from Romeo and Bow Wow to Tristan Wilds and Evan Ross.

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If you haven’t caught Romeo in “Jumping the Broom” yet, do yourself a favor and check the young stunner out. He holds his own alongside fellow Hollywood hotties Laz Alonso and Pooch Hall.

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So often the children of self-made superstars — like Romeo Miller’s dad Master P — disappoint us. We were thrilled when Romeo proved he’s more than just a gorgeous face and sexy young body. This P.Y.T.’s got staying power.

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This young hunk is on the verge of releasing his own calendar according to his Twitter. Romeo is proving he’s no longer a boy but a man!

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Romeo gave fans a sneak peek of the photos featured on his upcoming calendar. Ladies, he’s giving us some serious eye candy!

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Bryton Mclure was practically born on TV, playing little Richie Crawford on “Family Matters” from the tender ages of four to 11. My, how things change. There’s nothing little about the 24-year-old NAACP Image Award winner now.

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Bryton recently joined his former “Family Guy” co-star on CBS’ long-running soap opera “The Young and the Restless.” Funny, that’s exactly how he makes us feel every time we get a glimpse of that cute smile.

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Admit it. When you saw Evan Ross as Ant in “ATL” you thought, that kid is going to be fine when he gets older. Now 22, he’s making the ladies sweat as Charlie on the CW’s “90210.”

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Evan’s taking after his mother, actress and singer Diana Ross, traveling between the screen and the recording studio. The young artist dropped his first single “Yes Me” this February. How can we coordinate a private listening session, Evan?

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Evan joined fellow child star turned hollywood hunk Tristan Wilds on “90210.” We fell in love with Wilds on “The Wire,” and were excited when he came back to our TV screens every week as Dixon Carter on the CW show.

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Tristan may be all grown up now, but he’s kept that baby face. We’d like to kiss his dimples while we squeeze him tight.

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At 24, Shia LeBeouf has had a career that many seasoned actors only dream of. From “Even Stevens” to “Transformers” we’ve watched him grow from a cute boy into a debonair and polished man.

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Shia commands attention when he steps onto the red carpet. It’s a sin for a man to look that good in a suit.

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We can’t remember when Bow Wow dropped the “Lil’” prefix, but we certainly noticed when the 24-year-old rapper and actor went from a young talent to a major player.

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Any woman will tell you she loves a man with a sense of humor. Lately Bow Wow’s kept us laughing with his roles in “Lottery Ticket” and “Madea’s Big Happy Family.”

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Bow Wow is always uploading some steaming photos to his Twitter account. Take a look at this shirtless hunk right before his massage appointment!

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Twenty-two-year-old Corbin Bleu went form “High School Musical” sensation to sexy TV and Broadway star over night. Not that we’re complaining. We only wish we could welcome him into our living rooms more often.

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Nothing’s sexier than a man with multiple talents. We love that Corbin can sing, dance and act. He’s kind of got it going on.

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If you grew up in the late 90s you had a crush on Lee Thompson Young, who played “The Famous Jett Jackson” on Disney. At 27, the sultry-eyed actor plays sexy detective Barry Frost on TNT’s “Rizzoli and Isles.”

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With that smooth chocolate complexion, that sexy stare and real acting chops, Lee is poised to be the next Blair Underwood. We could get used to seeing him flash across our TV screens for decades.

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Drake is part of the new school of young rappers who earned their chops in the studio instead of on the streets. We loved him as Jimmy Brooks on “Degrassi High” and we love him even more as himself on his Grammy-winning debut album “Thank Me Later.”

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A sensation long before his first album hit shelves, Drake is working on his follow up record, “Take Care.” We can’t wait to hear what comes out of those sexy full lips this time around.

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Damon Wayans, Jr. may have started out in his dad’s films, but the 28-year-old actor and comedian has quickly taken matters into his own hands, starring in his own TV series “Happy Ending,” which began airing on April 13, 2011.

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Damon Jr. has spend some time in the writing room for “My Wife and Kids” and “The Underground.” We love a man who can roll up his sleeves and really get involved with his work.