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'Maxim' crowns Candice Swanepoel the Hottest Woman in the World

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The Victoria's Secret model, 25, has earned the number one spot on Maxim's 2014 Hot 100 list. Past honorees include Katy Perry, Olivia Wilde, Bar Refaeli, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Lindsay Lohan (in 2007, mind you).

Swanepoel, who was first discovered at age 15 in a flea market, beat out a bevy of beauties for the title. Rounding out the top 10 are:

1. Candice Swanepoel
2. Scarlett Johansson
3. Katy Perry
4. Irina Shayk
5. Jennifer Lawrence
6. Zooey Deschanel
7. Alessandra Ambrosio
8. Jessica Alba
9. Mila Kunis
10. Cara Delevingne
 
So why did the lad mag pick Swanepoel?

"Candice Swanepoel is the ideal embodiment of the new Maxim brand: stunning, sophisticated, elegant," Maxim's Creative Director Paul Martinez tells Yahoo. "It's not only her flawless beauty and effortless grace that have garnered her the coveted 2014 Hot 100 Number 1 placement, but also her business acumen.  She has risen to become one of the world's top supermodels and has transcended the accolade to become a global brand. It's hard to imagine a woman more perfect."

The blond bombshell also received a big honor (at least by Victoria's Secret standards) when she got to wear the $10 million Fantasy Bra during the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Gisele Bündchen, Miranda Kerr, and Alessandra Ambrosio were her predecessors.
 
The South African beauty — who does work for Versace, Juicy Couture, and Max Factor — came in at number 9 on Forbes's list of the highest paid models of 2013

 

That's hot. 

 

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