There’s a new it girl in town this year, and her name is Candice Swanepoel. The 25-year-old Victoria’s Secret supermodel was just crowned No. 1 on Maxim magazine’s annual Hot 100 list. Rounding out the top three this year are Scarlett Johansson (who came thisclose to the top spot), and pop star Katy Perry. Surprisingly, last year’s number one – Miley Cyrus – was moved all the way down to #25 this year.
In an official Maxim press release, winner Candice said, “It’s a huge honor to be Maxim’s number one, among so many beautiful and talented women! It’s a great feeling.” Creative Director Paul Martinez added that Candice was the “ideal embodiment of the new Maxim brand: stunning, sophisticated, elegant. It’s not only her flawless beauty and effortless grace that have garnered her the coveted Number 1, 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.”
— Maxim (@MaximMag) May 23, 2014
Other honorees on the list include Jennifer Lawrence, Zooey Deschanel, and Mila Kunis. Making their debut on this year’s list are newcomer Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street), the Brazilian model Lisalla Montenegro, and famous reality star Kendall Jenner. Although most fans rejoice over the list, names such as Blake Lively and Adriana Lima were surprisingly left out this year.
However, Candice definitely earned the top spot this year; the South African supermodel (who was discovered at age 15 in a flea market) has built quite a name for herself already – Candice came in at number 9 on Forbes’s list of highest-paid models. Besides Victoria’s Secret, Candice shoots for Versace and Juicy Couture. She was also honored by wearing the $10 million Fantasy Bra at last year’s Victoria’s Secret fashion show (which had been previously worn by legends Gisele Bündchen and Alessandra Ambrosio).
Topping this year’s list seems to be just the start for Candice – we’re sure to see much more of the blonde bombshell in the future!
— Candice Swanepoel (@angelcandice) May 23, 2014
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