10. Brooklyn Decker
Ohio’s own, Brooklyn Decker just recently married tennis star Andy Roddick. Decker was discovered in a shopping mall as a teenager, and eventually became best known for her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition appearances.
9. Yamila Diaz-Rahi
Diaz-Rahi is an Argentine model of Lebanese and Spanish descent. She comes from a thoroughly middle class background; her father was a doctor and her mother was a health care manager. Yamila was studying Economics in Buenos Aires when she took a holiday in Uruguayand it was there she was discovered by a modeling scout and her career began.
8. Zhang Zilin
Zhang Zilin won Miss World 2007 and has since become a runway model in Paris and Berlin. She sang during part of the 2008 Summer Olympics soundtrack.
7. Lucy Pinder
Lucy Pinder is another British glamour model. She was voted as having “the most beautiful all-natural pair in Britain” by the Daily Star, with which it is hard to argue. She’s been on all kinds of goofy reality shows in the UK like Celebrity Big Brother and I’m Famous and Frightened!. If you’re ever getting a lecture from a Brit about the US being a cultural wasteland this info will come in handy, as they really produce some crap over there. For every brilliant show there seems to be five shows featuring a bunch of celebrities in silly situations. Not that I wouldn’t watch Lucy Pinder in something … I’m just saying.
6. Karolina Kurkova
Karolina Kurkova is a Czech model who is one of the famous Victoria’s Secret Angels. KurkovÃ¡ was named “Model of the Year” at the 2002 VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards and has appeared on dozens of magazine covers worldwide. Fun fact: Kurkova is apparently a pod person as she has no navel. Photographers have to alter all of her shots to conceal this.
5. Elsa Benitez
Elsa Benitez began modeling in 1995 after winning a modeling contest in Costa Rica. She moved to Mexico and eventually was featured on the cover of the 2001 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. Benitez is currently involved in a lawsuit against paparazzi who sold nude sunbathing pictures of her and sold them online. So, you know, those are out there if you’re so inclined.
4. Marissa Miller
Marissa Miller is a true fan favorite when it comes to the SI Swimsuit Issue. Her 2008 cover was one of the most popular in recent memory, and led to her being named Maxim’s hottest woman of 2008. That was the first time anyone ever debuted on the list at number one.
3. Keeley Hazell
Keeley Hazell rose to fame in 2004, winning a “Search for a Beach Babe” Page 3 contest. She has since branched out into all sorts of modeling, including videogame cover work. In 2008 Keeley released a single called “Voyeur”. Hazell is constantly featured on hottest women lists just like this one, usually landing consistently in the top 10. If you’re a fan of a certain part of female anatomy Keeley really can’t be beat.
2. Gisele Bundchen
Gisele Bundchen has in the past few years become one of the most famous women in the world. Her US profile has been raised significantly with her marriage to NFL QB Tom Brady. Forbes named her the riches model in the world, and she’s appeared on a hard to believe 500+ magazine covers.
1. Alessandra Ambrosio
Alessandra Ambrosio isn’t the most famous model ever (she’s not even the most famous model today), but we consider her to be the hottest model of all time. She is a Victoria’s Secret “Angel” and has appeared in People magazine’s “Most Beautiful People” issue. Ambrosio is friends with all sorts of models, including Adriana Lima, Ana Beatris Barros, and Gisele Bundchen, who loaned Ambrosio her apartment when she first moved to New York. Alessandra is only 28 years old, so we’ll be enjoying her for years to come, and I imagine it’ll be awhile before someone takes her spot as our hottest model in the world.