MANILA -- (UPDATED) The Philippine edition of the men's magazine Esquire has named Karen Davila as its "Sexiest Woman Alive."
On its Instagram account on Monday, the magazine posted a photo of its May 2015 issue with the ABS-CBN broadcast journalist on the cover.
Photographed by BJ Pascual, the cover shows a casual-looking Davila wearing a black top, with her makeup done by Juan Sarte and her hair styled by Jerry Javier.
She was photographed laughing, which was supposedly her reaction when she was informed that she is the magazine’s “sexiest woman alive” for this year.
Davila said the cover deserves “a toast to all working smart women.” With the recognition, Davila said she is also “celebrating with all empowered women.”
According to the award-winning broadcast journalist, she “grew up not believing and knowing I was beautiful." That's why she worked more on developing her personality.
“I read more, wanted to be more articulate than the other girls, worked harder. I felt there were much prettier and more beautiful students than myself, especially in college. And I knew I wasn’t going to be chosen as a partner because I was extremely beautiful, it wasn’t going to work that way," she told the magazine.
Davila admitted that being sexy is often mistaken to mean baring the skin.
"I don't find it sensual that everything is just given away, or shows. I think being sensual comes when you are comfortable with yourself,” she said.
She believes a woman is sexy when she knows her strengths and weaknesses, and “it comes out after you've known who you really are and you've accepted it.”
Davila, the mother of two boys David and Lucas, is married to broadcast journalist DJ Sta. Ana.
She anchors ABS-CBN late night newscast "Bandila," ANC's "Headstart," DZMM's "Pasada 630" and the ABS-CBN current affairs show "3 In 1."
Esquire’s May issue will also feature a profile on former Senator Manny Villar, a visit to Imelda Marcos' private Malacañan disco and an interview with “That Thing Called Tadhana” director Antoinette Jadone, among others.