|Composite picture of Cristine Reyes and Solenn Heussaff. Photo courtesy of FHM.com.ph
MANILA, Philippines -- FHM Philippines on Sunday released the Top 10 winners of its 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2012 poll.
The popular men's magazine earlier announced that former "Pinoy Big Brother" Sam Pinto is again this year as FHM's "sexiest woman," edging out Kapamilya star Angel Locsin who finished at No. 2 in the poll.
Model and actress Solenn Heussaff climbed two notches to finish at No. 3 this year, while actress Cristine Reyes stayed at the No. 4 spot with last year's No. 2 "sexiest woman" Marian Rivera completing the Top 5.
"Because she almost shines like celestial light — and we say this with no use for hyperbole at all, as anyone who’s ever seen the luster of her skin will attest to being nearly blinded — it has been a difficult task to behold Cristine and keep focus. That, or maybe there have just been many distractions of late," the magazine said of Reyes, whose teleserye "Dahil Sa Pag-ibig" ended its run last Friday.
"The distraction is now a sibling rivalry, a legal entanglement, involving a sister who once occupied a stellar place on this list. It’s sad. Still, Cristine shines. And we’re sure all the more better with none of the distractions," the magazine added.
On Rivera, the magazine said, "Few are able to age gracefully, and Marian is well on her way to becoming an ageless classic."
Completing the Top 10 are: Belo endorser Ellen Adarna at No. 6 (up fropm No. 10 last year); actress Jackie Rice at No. 7 (up from No. 9); actress Bela Padilla at No. 8 (soaring from No. 77 in 2011); actress Jennylyn Mercado at No. 9 (down two notches); and actress Lovi Poe at No. 10 (up from No. 15 last year).
Padilla vaulted to the Top 10, thanks in part to her controversial FHM cover for the magazine's March 2012 issue, which was criticized for being "racist."
The magazine praised the 21-year-old for carrying that controversy "on her slim, shapely shoulders, smiled prettily through the struggle, and banished any 'shadows' that stopped her supreme sexiness from shining through."
"For admirable poise under pressure (and of course, innate gorgeousness) Bela ranks high on this list," the magazine said.