Deepika Padukone (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Kering)
Deepika Padukone (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Kering)

Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone has reclaimed the crown of the sexiest Asian woman on the planet.

This is the second time in three years that the multi-award winning actress has topped the globally renowned 50 Sexiest Asian Women In The World list published by UK-based Eastern Eye newspaper.

Padukone, who recently got married to A-list star Ranveer Singh, kicked off the year by playing the lead role in Bollywood blockbuster Padmaavat. Her many magical moments in 2018 ranged from a stunning turn on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet to continuing the quest to spread mental health awareness through her Live Love Laugh Foundation.

For Padukone, it is what is on the inside that matters and she said: “Honesty and authenticity, I find that extremely attractive. It’s empowering and liberating.”

Now in its 15th year, Eastern Eye‘s 50 Sexiest Asian Women In The World list is based on millions of votes sent in around the world, media coverage, impact and heat generated across social media platforms.

The mass interest in the 2018 edition list was such that it trended on social media across different countries during the voting process.

Eastern Eye’s award-winning Entertainment editor Asjad Nazir, who founded the list and puts it together annually, said: “Apart from being the undisputed queen of Bollywood and a strikingly beautiful star, what really makes Deepika Padukone special is how big her heart is and how grounded she has remained throughout her remarkable rise.

@Deepika’s humility has been inspirational and the way she makes a positive impact through raising awareness of mental health is showing everyone that being yourself and letting your inner light shine is the new sexy.”

Priyanka Chopra (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)

Last year’s winner Priyanka Chopra came in second and had another year of being a great global ambassador for her country.

Talented actress Nia Sharma came in at number three and held onto her position as the sexiest television star in the list for a stunning third year in a row.

“As much as I want to hide my excitement right now, I cannot help but smile brightly and let out a big hurray because it truly feels awesome. I have to acknowledge my amazing fans who have made it happen for a third time in a row, telling me you own it. I want to tell them we own it. Also a big thanks to Asjad Nazir,” said Sharma.

Mahira Khan came in fourth and held onto her title as the sexiest Pakistani on the planet.

Mahira Khan (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)

Mahira had another year of being a strong symbol of girl power, which included being the first Pakistani to walk the red carpet at Cannes Film Festival in a major way, raising money for charity, highlighting social causes, inspiring young girls and being a strong working mother.

 “I am grateful to be part of this list once again. My fans are my strength so thank you to them. I think personally sexy is what sexy does and I hope to continue to work hard at what I do with as much as passion as I have been from the start,” said  Khan.

The rest of the top 10 from the 2018 list was made up of Shivangi Joshi (5), Alia Bhatt (6), Sonam Kapoor (7), Hina Khan (8), Katrina Kaif (9) and Niti Taylor (10).

The highest place newcomer in the list is rising star Ashi Singh (18) and the youngest in the list is 20-year-old television actress Shivangi Joshi (5), who continues to shine on hit TV serial Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai.

One of two editor’s choices for 2018 is actress Sanam Saeed (19), who is pushing the creative boundaries in Pakistan and regularly speaking about a wide array of important social issues including women’s empowerment.

The second editor’s choice and the oldest in the list is 51-year-old actress Madhuri Dixit (45).

“Iconic star Madhuri Dixit has inspired an entire generation with her brilliance and continues to be the shining beacon of light for others to follow. She is quite comprehensively showing age is just a number and how fabulous being in the fifties is,” said Nazir.

Madhuri Dixit (Photo by Dominique Charriau/Getty Images)

Other names in the 2018 list include Helly Shah (11), Drashti Dhami (12), Jennifer Winget (13), Erica Fernandes (15), Surbhi Chandna (16), Gauahar Khan (17), Anushka Shetty (22), Armeena Rana Khan (24), Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (30), Athiya Shetty (31), Jameela Jamil (34), Jasmin Walia (38), Mehwish Hayat (40), Iqra Aziz (46) and Jacqueline Fernandez (47).

The complete 50 Sexiest Asian Women list for 2018 is published in Eastern Eye newspaper on December 7 and the list of 50 Sexiest Asian men is released on December 14.