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Most handsome face in 2021 belongs to Myanmar actor turned political prisoner Paing Takhon

Paing Takhon, Myanmar actor turned political prisoner, has been named the "most handsome face in 2021."

According to TC Candler's coveted annual "100 Most Handsome Faces" list released Tuesday, he bested 130,000 celebrities from 45 different countries.

"Free this man," the organization urged. "Free Paing Takhon, political prisoner of Myanmar."

Paing Takhon was arrested by around 50 soldiers in April and sentenced to three years in prison for taking part in mass protests against the military coup that rocked Myanmar, according to a BBC report.

Prior to his imprisonment, the actor, model, and singer joined marches and was vocal in condemning the coup and the government.

"We strongly condemn military coup. We demand immediate release of state counseller [sic] Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, President U Win Myint, civilian government ministers and elected members of perliment [sic]," Takhon was said to have written in an online post.

"We demand to respect 2020 election results and form new civillian [sic] government soonest by NLD led perliment [sic]."

Myanmar's military seized power in February following a general election where Aung San Suu Kyi's NLD party won by a landslide. Claiming election fraud, the military declared a year-long state of emergency.

Faced with massive protests, the military has implemented a bloody crackdown, with thousands of lives lost and thousands more imprisoned. – Kaela Malig/RC, GMA News