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Cheryl Cole is FHM's World’s Sexiest Woman 2009

10. Actress Freida Pinto
10. Actress Freida Pinto
9. Anna Friel
8. Actress Kristin Kreuk
7. Actress Elisha Cuthbert
6. Adriana Lima
5. British model Keeley Hazell
4. Singer Britney Spears
3. Actress Jessica Alba
2. Actress Megan Fox
Cheryl Cole from Girls Aloud
Cheryl Cole
Cheryl Cole
Cheryl Cole walks on the catwalk at the Fashion For Relief show, during London Fashion Week at the Natural History Museum in central London, Wednesday Sept. 17, 2008. Funds were raised by the show and a following auction for The White Ribbon Alliance charity to be used directly to promote and increase awareness of the need to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for women and newborns in developing and developed countries. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
2. Cheryl Cole
Cheryl Cole
Cheryl Cole
Cheryl Cole
Cheryl Cole arrives back in the UK
Cheryl Cole
Nadine Coyle with Cheryl Cole
British band Girls Aloud react after collecting the Best British Single Award at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court
British band Girls Aloud react after collecting the Best British Single Award at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/MJ Kim)
British group Girls Aloud pose backstage at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009 after winning a prize for best British Single of the year. From left, Cheryl Cole, Sarah Harding, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Kimberly Walsh. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
British group Girls Aloud, from left, Nadine Coyle, Kimberly Walsh, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts and Cheryl Cole arrive at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
British band Girls Aloud, from left, Nadine Coyle, Kimberly Walsh, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts and Cheryl Cole arrive at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
Britiish singer Cheryl Cole, centre, speaks with officials as she arrives at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
LONDON - FEBRUARY 18: Cheryl Cole of Girls Aloud poses after winning the Best British Single backstage at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court on February 18, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
LONDON - FEBRUARY 18: Girls Aloud Cheryl Cole, Sarah Harding, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh pose after winning the Best British Single backstage at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court on February 18, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
Cheryl Cole
British group Girls Aloud, from left, Nadine Coyle, Kimberly Walsh, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts and Cheryl Cole arrive at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
LONDON - FEBRUARY 18: Girls Aloud Cheryl Cole, Sarah Harding, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh pose after winning the Best British Single backstage at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court on February 18, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
LONDON - FEBRUARY 18: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) L-R Kimberley Walsh, Sarah Harding, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Cheryl Cole collect their Best Single Award at the Brit Awards 2009 held at Earls Court on February 18, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON - FEBRUARY 18: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) L-R Nicola roberts, Cheryl Cole, Nadine Coyle, Kimberley Walsh and Sarah Harding perform at the Brit Awards 2009 held at Earls Court on February 18, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

Cheryl Cole topped another beauty poll when she was named FHM’s World’s Sexiest Woman of 2009 yesterday.

The Girls Aloud and X Factor star, who said recently she hates looking thin and gets nicknamed “flatty batty”, knocked last year’s winner Megan Fox down to second place.

Cole’s victory is the first for a Brit in three years.

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Last year, Britney Spears languished at number 31, and following a mixed year for the singer FHM bosses thought she would drop out completely.

But following an online campaign by fans, she claimed fourth place. And after wowing the US, Anna Friel secured a place at number nine and Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto is a new entry at number 10.

Women with brains as well as looks stormed into top 100.

News reader Fiona Bruce and Countdown’s Rachel Riley both made debuts, at numbers 98 and 95 respectively.

Now in its 15th year, nearly 10 million votes were cast by FHM readers worldwide this year.

FHM’s 100 Sexiest supplement, featuring 52 pages of "the hottest women in the world", comes free with the June edition of FHM, on sale now.

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