LOS ANGELES, Dec. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- After more than 2.4 million votes were cast internationally, Hunger Games' humble yet fierce Jennifer Lawrence took the number one position on AskMen's "Top 99 Most Desirable Women" list. In the poll, which surveyed AskMen readers, Lawrence shot up ahead of her Hollywood peers, including Kristen Stewart (No. 7), Jessica Biel (No. 24), Charlize Theron (No.97) and reality TV star Kim Kardashian, who dropped from No. 8 on last year's list to No. 98 this year.
The 12(th) edition of the Top 99 Most Desirable Women poll, calls on AskMen readers to elect women who most closely match their ideals. These men were tasked with voting on more than just sex appeal, taking into account character, intelligence, talent, sense of humor, professional success, achievements in 2012 and potential for 2013.
Lawrence's victory follows an incredible 2012 for the 22-year-old starlet, whose breakout performances in Hunger Games and Silver Lining Playbook turned the heads of men worldwide and pinned her as the next big thing. Lawrence is followed by TED actress Mila Kunis, who has consistently appeared on AskMen's Top 99 since 2008 a Sports Illustrated turned Vogue model Kate Upton stayed high up on the list, landing at No. 3, dropping only one spot from the 11(th) edition of the list.
With more than 40% of the women on the list appearing for the first time, it's fair to say there is a new breed of strong and independent women taking over. Take Lawrence's No. 1 ranking after her fearless roles, or Claire Danes, who earned an Emmy this year for her standout performance on Homeland, at No. 20. Anne Hathaway shaved her head for her dramatic role in Les Miserables and came in at No. 47. Other powerful women on the list include Marissa Mayer, President and CEO of Yahoo!, at No. 59, First Lady Michelle Obama at No. 33 and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Russian activist-punk group Pussy Riot at No. 85.
James Bassil, Editor-In-Chief of AskMen, commented, "The top-rated women on AskMen's 12(th) edition of the Top 99 Most Desirable Women list speaks to men's growing comfort with strong and independent partners. While undeniably successful candidates like Marissa Mayer have rocketed up the list, the more ambiguous "career" women -- like Kim Kardashian -- have plummeted on it."
The "Top 99 Most Desirable Women of 2013" features a new generation of leading women:
-- Girls actresses Jemima Kirke (No. 51) and Allison Williams (No. 42), Mad Men actress Jessica Pare at No. 9, Beyonce's sister, singer Solange Knowles, at No. 50, Australian Youth Olympian Michelle Jenneke at No. 10 and newlywed U.S. soccer team goalie Hope Solo at No. 30. -- Music icons have historically pushed boundaries on what's considered desirable, and this year is no different, with American Idol judge Nicki Minaj dropping off the list and making way for newbies Azealia Banks (No. 49) and "Call Me Maybe" singer Carly Rae Jepsen at No. 75.
For a third year in a row, TV actresses dominated the list, with 24 TV stars claiming spots. Modern Family's Sofia Vergara topped last year's list, and she continued to hold strong at No. 12 this year. Has dating bad boy Kanye West hurt Kim Kardashian's image? The reality tv star dropped to No. 98 on this year's list. Perhaps not, as "bad girl" Kristen Stewart's public infidelity had no impact on her desirability, which resulted in a climb from No. 27 last year to No. 7 this year. Likewise, Scarlett Johansson fell from No. 7 to No. 45. Will her upcoming sultry performance in A Cat on a Hot Tin Roof on Broadway restore her sex appeal?
Votes for the 12(th) annual list also prove that men are loving women over 40, including Vergara (No. 12), Sarah Silverman (No. 23), Lucy Liu; (No. 69) and Rachel Weisz (No 72). First Lady, Michelle Obama, at age 48, is the oldest woman featured on this list, at No. 33.
1. Jennifer Lawrence 2. Mila Kunis 3. Kate Upton 4. Rihanna 5. Emma Stone 6. Miranda Kerr 7. Kristen Stewart 8. Jessica Gomes 9. Jessica Pare 10. Michelle Jenneke 11. Candice Swanepoel 12. Sofia Vergara 13. Blake Lively 14. Christina Hendricks 15. Emilia Clarke 16. Cheryl Cole 17. Zooey Deschanel 18. Olivia Munn 19. Naomie Harris 20. Claire Danes 21. Katy Perry 22. Lara Stone 23. Sarah Silverman 24. Jessica Biel 25. Kate Middleton 26. Chanel Iman 27. Adriana Lima 28. Freja Beha Erichsen 29. Emma Watson 30. Hope Solo 31. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley 32. Beyonce 33. Michelle Obama 34. Alison Brie 35. Erin Heatherton 36. Olivia Culpo 37. Sara Carbonero 38. Rashida Jones 39. Marion Cotillard 40. Alessandra Ambrosio 41. Lolo Jones 42. Allison Williams 43. Ronda Rousey 44. Candace Bailey 45. Scarlett Johansson 46. Kerry Washington 47. Anne Hathaway 48. Natalie Portman 49. Azealia Banks 50. Solange Knowles 51. Jemima Kirke 52. Keira Knightley 53. Antonija Misura 54. Olivia Wilde 55. Doutzen Kroes 56. Selena Gomez 57. Kat Dennings 58. Amanda Seyfried 59. Marissa Mayer 60. Marcela Valladolid 61. Heidi Klum 62. Bar Refaeli 63. Sherlyn Chopra 64. Cobie Smulders 65. Leryn Franco 66. Morena Baccarin 67. Bipasha Basu 68. Paula Patton 69. Lucy Liu 70. Genesis Rodriguez 71. Lana Del Rey 72. Rachel Weisz 73. Lindsey Vonn 74. Chloe Wilde 75. Carly Rae Jepsen 76. Jessica Chastain 77. Cassie 78. Joan Smalls 79. Tracy Spiridakos 80. Tina Fey 81. Iggy Azalea 82. Liu Wen 83. Rose Byrne 84. Olivia Thirlby 85. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (Pussy Riot) 86. Imogen Poots 87. Bar Paly 88. Shailene Woodley 89. Aubrey Plaza 90. Jenna Marbles 91. Rocsi Diaz 92. Paulina Gretzky 93. Katie Holmes 94. Amrita Acharia 95. Kate Moss 96. Ana Ivanovic 97. Charlize Theron 98. Kim Kardashian 99. Berenice Marlohe
Here is what some of the Top 99 women had to say:
"Thank you Ask Men for choosing me this year! It's such an honor and I hope I can continue being park of the AskMen family!" - Jessica Gomes, No. 8
"I love AskMen.com. Thank you for including me amongst these incredible women. Honored!" - Candice Swanepoel, No. 11
"I am hugely flattered to have been voted on to the AskMen Top 99 Most Desirable Women list. Please pass on a sincere thank you to all the readers who voted for me."- Emilia Clarke, No. 15
"Being on the Top 99 list of askmen.com is extremely flattering! Thank you xx" - Chanel Iman, No.26
"Thank you Askmen.com! It is so amazing to be on your Most Desirable list!"- Olivia Culpo, No.36
"I am honored. I will adore this moment because I fear this title will drop next year because it's hard to look amazing in bobsled with snot running down your nose" - Lolo Jones, No.41
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