Priyanka Chopra, who is making best of her stardom in the West, has won back the title of the world’s “Sexiest Asian Woman”, which she lost to her Bajirao Mastani co-star Deepika Padukone in 2016.
The Quantico star has topped a list of ’50 Sexiest Asian Women’ compiled by London-based weekly newspaper Eastern Eye for a record-breaking fifth time.
“I cannot actually take credit for this at all. Full credit should be given to my genetics and your optics,” Chopra said, thanking everyone who voted in the online poll for her. “I feel grateful and am humbled. Consistency is key,” she said.
The publication notes that her ranking rounds off another dream year for the actress, which saw her make incredible strides internationally with the release of her debut Hollywood feature Baywatch, win another People’s Choice Award for her acclaimed television show Quantico and sign further high-profile films in the West.
Indian TV’s popular actress Nia Sharma acquired number two spot, holding on to her position as the sexiest television star in the 2017 list.
“But seeing my name next to her on the list is no less a dream and struck me with a frenzied happiness… I owe my fans this joy and want to share it with them despite not being able to digest the development,” Sharma said.
Deepika (3), Alia Bhatt (4) and Pakistani actor Mahira Khan rounded off the top five.
Priyanka Chopra told a leading daily about topping the poll, “I can not take credit for this at all. Full credit should be given to my genetics and optics. I want to thank everyone who voted for me to be Asia’s Sexiest Woman, for what I’m told is a record breaking number of times.”
Asjad Nazir, curator of this list told a leading daily, “Priyanka has become an incredible ambassador of India. Apart from being courageous enough to fly into unknown, professionally she has become a strong symbol of girl power.”
The rest of the top 10 include Drashti Dhami (6), Katrina Kaif (7), Shraddha Kapoor (8), Gauahar Khan (9) and Rubina Dilaik (10).
The highest placed newcomer and youngest in the list is 19-year-old television actor Shivangi Joshi (16), who has made an incredible impact on hit TV serial Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai.
The oldest in the list is 54-year-old Sridevi (49), who is one of two editor’s choices in the 2017 list.
The other editor’s choice is Pakistani singer Momina Mustehsan (37), for her strides in a male-dominated music industry in Pakistan and making a massive impact along with opening a debate about important social causes.
The complete ‘50 Sexiest Asian Women’ list for 2017 is published in Eastern Eye newspaper on Friday, followed up by the men’s list on December 15.
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