Actress Priyanka Chopra dethroned Deepika Padukone, who topped the globally renowned long-running list in UK based newspaper Eastern Eye in 2016 and has been named the world’s sexiest Asian woman for a record-breaking fifth time in 2017.
“I cannot actually take credit for this at all. Full credit should be given to my genetics and your optics! Thank you Eastern Eye and to everyone who voted for me to be Asia’s Sexiest Woman, for what I’m told is a record-breaking number of times! I feel grateful and am humbled. Consistency is key,” said Priyanka Chopra tweeted.
After her incredible strides internationally with the release of debut Hollywood feature Baywatch, another People’s Choice Award for her acclaimed TV serial Quantico and signing further high profile films in the west the actress bagged the crown for Sexiest Asian Women. She also continued to make strides as a producer and was one of the hottest Indian stars on social media, crossing 20 million followers on Instagram.
Now in its 14th year, the list is based on many millions of votes sent in by fans around the world, media coverage, impact and heat generated across various social media platforms. Eastern Eye’s award-winning Entertainment editor Asjad Nazir, who founded the list and puts it together annually, said: “Priyanka Chopra has become an incredible international ambassador for India and is smashing through glass ceilings all over the world. Apart from being courageous enough to fly into the unknown professionally, she has also done a lot of work for social causes, become a strong symbol for girl power and is making a young generation have big dreams. She is the perfect mix of beauty, brains, bravery and a kind heart,” said Asjad Nazir.
Small screen beauty Nia Sharma came in second and held onto her position as the sexiest television star in the list. Last year’s winner Deepika Padukone came in third, the crown princess of Bollywood Alia Bhatt was fourth and popular Pakistani star Mahira Khan was fifth on the list. The rest of the top 10 was Drashti Dhami (6), Katrina Kaif (7), Shraddha Kapoor (8), Gauahar Khan (9) and Rubina Dilaik (10).