(REUTERS – 2ND MAY) British X Factor judge and singer Tulisa Contostavlos has topped men’s magazine FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2012 poll.
The 23-year-old star arrived at the poll’s party in London on Tuesday (May 1) wearing a black one-shoulder dress covered in gold studs.
FHM began publication in the UK in 1985, and each of the glossy’s international editions publish yearly rankings for the sexiest women alive based on public voting through the magazine’s website. Voting for the UK edition’s annual sexiest woman crown closed on March 31, with Tulisa in the top spot. After posing for pictures she told Reuters that she was feeling ‘quite strange’ about the win, saying she has ‘no idea’ why she had won.
Scooping the title comes in the midst of a rollercoaster year for Tulisa. She mentored the winning act on the UK’s X Factor, girl band Little Mix, and she has just released her debut solo single ‘Young’ in the UK. However she has also had to contend with a sex tape of her appearing online.
Tulisa was joined at the party by a host of glamorous ladies, including glamour model and actressJessica Jane Clement and girl band Stooshe. Rapper Professor Green was one of the only men on the red carpet, he was due to perform and was accompanied by his girlfriend, Made in Chelsea star, Millie Mackintosh. Mackintosh also made the Sexiest Woman list, she was a new entry, ranking number 15.
The talk of the night was Tulisa’s win. English actress Helen Flanaghan, who starred in ITV soap opera Coronation Street, said: “I think she is absolutely beautiful, she is so gorgeous and I think she is a good role model in the way that she is really, really strong and like I love her tattoo, what is it – ‘the female boss’ and I really, really like that I think that’s amazing, and I think she was amazing on the X Factor and things, so yeah a really worthy winner.”
Those sentiments were echoed by Irish model and Big Brother contestant Georgia Salpa. Salpa, the highest new entry at number 5, said Tulisa has done well for herself: “I think she has a really good figure, she’s got a great attitude, she has done loads of stuff this year and yeah, so I think she has done really well for herself this year.”
However not everyone had heard of this year’s winner. Canadian actress Jessica Lowndes, most famous for her role in TV series 90210, admitted: “I don’t really know a lot about her actually to be honest.”
Following her win, Tulisa will appear in an exclusive cover shoot in the June edition of FHM. The behind the scenes video of her shoot shows Tulisa posing for the pictures and what the June cover will look like.
Tulisa stole the crown from last year’s winner, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. The English actress and model dropped down to 18th.
Famed for her stint as bridesmaid for her sister, The Duchess of Cambridge, Pippa Middleton is the highest ranking royal, coming in at number 11. Meanwhile singer Cheryl Cole made the top ten, she has won twice before and this time finished in second place. A new edition to the list was rising star Lana Del Rey.
Now in it’s 18th year FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women in the World poll claims to be the original and biggest search for the sexiest women in the world. This year the magazine says hundreds of thousands voted from the UK and around the world.