In 1996, Denzel Washington was named the "Sexiest Man Alive" by People magazine. However even before this, people knew about his beauty due to science.
In the early 1990s, Newsweek used Denzel Washington as their primary example as perfection for beauty according to symmetry. According to the article "Biological Basis of the Perceptions of Beauty," symmetry in one's face is what makes one attractive.
And Washington has it all, including perfectly aligned eyes, a centered nose and lips, and an even hairline and ears.