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Pope Francis named ‘best dressed’

Pope Francis named ‘best dressed’

SHARP-DRESSED MAN: Pope Francis delivers his "Urbi et Orbi" (to the City and to the World) message from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, Dec. 25. Pope Francis on Christmas day is wishing for a better world, with peace for the land of Jesus' birth, for Syria and Africa as well as for the dignity of migrants and refugees fleeing misery and conflict. Francis spoke from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica Wednesday to tens of thousands of tourists, pilgrims and Romans in the square below. He said he was joining in the song of Christmas angels with all those hoping "for a better world," and with those who "care for others, humbly." Photo: Associated Press/Gregorio Borgia

Pope Francis has beaten out actors Bradley Cooper, Chris Pine and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, to be named Esquire magazine’s Best Dressed Man of 2013.

The 76-year-old head of the Catholic church, born Jorge Mario Bergoglio, has been described as an “unconventional” choice, but editors at the publication have praised him for his simple style.

They write, “(He has) signaled (sic) a new era (and for many, renewed hope) for the Catholic Church.”

Assistant professor of menswear design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, Mark-Evan Blackman, adds, “His mode of dressing really does reflect the mindset behind it. I remember when John Paul II was buried in those opulent bright red shoes. When the current pope was elected and chose not to wear the red shoes, I thought that was very reflective of his approach to being a person functioning in a role.”

Francis, who became the 266th pope in March, was also named Time magazine’s Person of the Year earlier this month.

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