In Pictures: Tulisa Contostavlos is FHM Sexiest Woman in the World 2012

By MTV Updated at 2012-05-02 11:01:13 +0000

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Tulisa has been named the Sexiest Woman in the World by readers of FHM magazine, stealing the crown from last year's champion Rosie Huntington Whiteley.

The N-Dubz stunner fought off some tough competition for two-time winner Cheryl Cole and Bajan babe Rihanna to bag the title.

Commenting on her win, Tulisa - who also appears in an exclusive cover shoot for the publication's June issue - stated: "Thank you so much for voting for me. It’s a true honour and definitely a lovely confidence boost.

"I’m proud of me and I am who I am. I know that I’m marmite and I wouldn’t wanna be anything less or anything more, I’m just myself. The FHM shoot is without a doubt the sexiest thing I’ve ever done."

She continued: "I believe in embracing being sexy but I’m not one to agree with stripping off for the cameras, I like to be more subtle than that as these shots show.

"This is an award that will stay on the mantelpiece probably for the rest of my life.”

Despite topping the chart last year, Rosie Huntington Whiteley failed to make the top ten in 2012, limping in at a disappointing No.18.

Girls Aloud babe Cheryl - who made history in 2010 by becoming the first British woman to win the prestigious accolade for two consecutive years - came second in the poll, while RiRi finished third.

Glamour model Rosie Jones re-entered the sexy countdown in fourth place, while Celebrity Big Brother star Georgia Salpa completes the top five - meaning she's the highest new entry.

Salpa said: "People always talk about the 100 Sexiest – girls as well – and to think that you’d actually be in it…! I like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, she’s amazing, I love her and Megan Fox too, I think she’s really hot.”

The likes of Megan Fox, Katy Perry and Mila Kunis also feature in the top ten, while Pippa Middleton, Professor Green's latest squeeze Made In Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh, The Saturdays singer Mollie King and actress Zooey Deschanel were all new entries in the top 20.

Elsewhere in the poll, Lana Del Rey, Cher Lloyd and One Direction heartthrob Harry Styles' ex-girlfriend Caroline Flack also made their debut.

Notable exceptions from the 2012 list include both Minogue sisters, Sarah Harding, Nadine Coyle, Lady GaGa and Leona Lewis.

Joe Barnes, Editor of FHM, stated: “The response we’ve had from readers for FHM’s 100 Sexiest has been overwhelming this year – it really shows the enduring power of FHM and the brand’s ability to engage with men in the UK and around the world.

“There are definitely a few surprise omissions and new entries, but it’s fantastic to see such a strong British showing, with three quarters of the top 20 coming from the UK and Ireland."

He added: "Big congratulations go out to Tulisa, who’s had a sensational year, and I’m sure will only go on to bigger and better things over the next 12 months.”

FHM's 100 Sexiest supplement, featuring the hottest women in the world, comes free with the June edition of FHM magazine, on sale now.

To see the more of FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women in the World visit www.fhm.com/100sexiest

FHM Sexiest Women in the World 2012 - Top 20:

1. Tulisa
2. Cheryl Cole
3. Rihanna
4. Rosie Jones
5. Georgia Salpa
6. Katy Perry
7. Megan Fox
8. Keeley Hazell
9. Mila Kunis
10. Emily Atack
11. Pippa Middleton
12. Pixie Lott
13. Daisy Lowe
14. Mollie King
15. Millie Mackintosh
16. Jessie J
17. Zooey Deschanel
18. Rosie Huntington Whiteley
19. Frankie Sandford
20. Kelly Brook

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