NEW YORK, United States, Thursday May 8, 2014 – Barbados’ pop princess Rihanna seems to be slipping slightly, dropping one place from the second-highest ranking last year to land in third position on FHM magazine’s annual countdown of the 100 sexiest women in the world.
The Diamonds girl, who was edged out of the top spot by Mila Kunis in 2013, took a back seat to Hollywood star Jennifer Lawrence and British actress Michelle Keegan, in first and second place respectively, this year.
The Stay singer nevertheless fended off some formidable competition this year, including R&B beauty Beyonce and stunning actress Scarlett Johansson.
Beyoncé, recently named Time magazine’s most influential person in the world, made the most significant leap from last year’s list, jumping 12 spots from number 19 to number seven on the coveted top 10.
Knockout actress Scarlett Johansson, meanwhile, streaked in at number 10, leaving last year’s lowly 49th placement far behind.
British-American model Emily Ratajkowski is the highest new entry, coming in right behind Rihanna at number four, thanks largely to her memorable contribution to Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines video.
Her rating sends Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco, who was last year’s number four, down one spot to five. Following, in sixth place, is last year’s winner Mila Kunis.
Fitness fanatic Lucy Mecklenburgh is a new entry at number eight, while Nicole Scherzinger’s ninth place is a big improvement on last year’s 54th spot.
The oldest woman on the list, who’s apparently still got the goods at age 54, is broadcaster and food writer Nigella Lawson who made her debut at number 21.
British supermodel Kate Moss, who turned 40 this year, has returned to the list in 42nd place, while the steepest downgrade went to former X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos who plummeted from 11 last year to this year’s 82.
This year’s winner, 22-year-old Jennifer Lawrence, has become a huge star on the back of her role as Katniss in the Hunger Games series, as well as landing a best actress Oscar last year for Silver Linings Playbook and a nomination this year for American Hustle.
Editor of the FHM 100 Sexiest supplement Dan Jude said: “She’s run away with the title this year and it’s no great surprise.
“Not only is she the most in-demand actress on the planet, but men the world over have fallen in love with her kooky charm.”
FHM’s Top 10 Sexiest Women In The World (last year’s rankings in brackets)
1: Jennifer Lawrence (20)
2: Michelle Keegan (4)
3: Rihanna (2)
4 Emily Ratajkowski (-)
5: Kaley Cuoco (6)
6: Mila Kunis (1)
7: Beyoncé (19)
8: Lucy Mecklenburgh (-)
9: Nicole Scherzinger (54)
10: Scarlett Johansson (49)