The annual list of a popular weekly UK news magazine has revealed the sexiest Asian women of 2012 – and there are indeed a few surprises in this year’s rankings.
Indian actress Priyanka Chopra arrives at a photocall during the 12th International Marrakech Film Festival in Marrakech December 8, 2012. (REUTERS)
The winner of the coveted title this year is Priyanka Chopra, the lady rumoured to have both the leading Khans involved with her as love interests.
In what the magazine describes was an “epic three-way battle,” Priyanka Chopra defeated reigning champion Kareena Kapoor and three-times winner Katrina Kaif to claim the crown of sexiest Asian woman on the planet this year.
Indian Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan poses on the red carpet. (AFP)
For her millions fans, here’s some news: Mommy Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has been relegated to the also-ran 16th spot, failing to make it in the Top 10 this year.
Following a record-breaking number of people from different continents voting for the UK-based Eastern Eye’s world-renowned list, the gorgeous Priyanka secured top spot with Kareena coming second and Katrina third, the magazine said.
A permanent fixture in the top three in recent years, the beauty queen turned A-list Bollywood star beat off very tough competition from some of the most stunning women from around the world.
It has rounded off a dream year for Priyanka, which included a starring role in super-hit film Agneepath, delivering a superb performance in India’s official entry to the Oscars, Barfi and launching an international pop career alongside chart-topping singer Will.i.am
Clearly delighted with the win, Priyanka said: “I’m hugely flattered. Who wouldn’t want to have a title like this bestowed on them! A big shout out to everyone who voted for me.”
Eastern Eye showbiz editor Asjad Nazir, who annually puts together the popular list together and is chairman of the judging panel, believes a dream year will give Priyanka the perfect platform to possibly becoming a Hollywood star in 2013.
“The sheer diversity of the projects that Priyanka did in 2012 combined with her close connection to fans online worked in her favour and added to her already impressive fan base. That is why she was able to beat off pop stars, TV personalities, models and fellow film stars. I am sure she will build on this success by becoming a successful international pop star and cracking Hollywood in a big way in the next couple of years,” said Asjad.
Indian actress Bipasha Basu presents an outfit during IIFA Rocks fashion show, part of 2011 International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards, in Toronto, Ontario. (AFP)
The other – and biggest – surprise of 2012 was the number of television actresses from India who entered the list for the first time. Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai stars Nia Sharma (5) and Krystle D’Souza (9) became the first ever TV actresses from India to crack the top 10.
Fans of highest new entry Nia Sharma were so determined to get her into the list that she was trending on Twitter for nearly a week during the voting process. Other Indian television actresses who made the list included Drashti Dhami (12), Sanaya Irani (13), Kritika Kamra (19), Jennifer Winget (21), Yashashri Masurkar (24) and Asha Negi (32).
Actress Sonam Kapoor attends the Winners Dinner Arrivals during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France. (GETTY IMAGES)
“The fact that so many television actresses made the top 50 showed that Bollywood is no longer the only dominant force in India and that television is playing a much bigger part in the lives of people around the world,” said Asjad.
The mass interest in the 2012 list was such that Asjad topped the list of the most tweeted people in India for a week on social networking site Twitter during the voting process.
Other notable stars in this year’s list include Deepika Padukone (4), Bipasha Basu (6), Sonam Kapoor (7), Diana Penty (15) and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (16).
The highest placed Pakistani was super model turned television personality Mehreen Syed (10) and the highest placed star from the west was once again Hollywood actress Noureen Dewulf (11), who is currently starring alongside Charlie Sheen in hit US sitcom Anger Management.
Others in the list included Parineeti Chopra (18), Rani Mukerji (22), Esha Gupta (23), Sussanne Roshan (25), Alia Bhatt (29), Giaa Manek (41) and singer Tasha Tah (47).