Of the dubious honor, the 26-year-old Israeli stunner said, “I am shocked that among all these beautiful ladies, I’m number one. Thank you so much for voting for me! I’m truly honored. This is the title I will never forget.”
For the first time in the magazine’s history, readers were asked to provide input in making the selections – which made for a few surprises.
Yes, Stephen Colbert made the list at No. 69.
Editor Dan Bova says Maxim magazine posted a list of suggestions online, but write-ins were also permitted.
“The Colbert Nation turned out in force,” Bova says. “As we say: Democracy isn’t pretty, but this time, it was downright handsome.”
Maxim decided to get its readers involved after years of backlash and negative reaction about omissions from the list.
“We decided: Why don’t you help us along in this process?” explained Bova.
See the full list here: 2012 Maxim hot 100
- Refaeli is world’s hottest woman (timesofisrael.com)