The South African stunner came in ahead of #2 Scarlett Johansson and #3 Katy Perry, telling the magazine, “It’s a huge honor to be Maxim’s number 1, among so may beautiful and talented women. It’s a great feeling.”
And Maxim creative director Paul Martinez explained, “Candice Swanepoel is the ideal embodiment of the new Maxim brand: stunning, sophisticated, elegant. It’s not only her flawless beauty and effortless grace that have garnered her the coveted 2014 Hot 100 Number 1 placement, but also her business acumen.”
“She has risen to become one of the world’s top supermodels and has transcended the accolade to become a global brand. It’s hard to imagine a woman more perfect.”
Meanwhile, Irina Shayk and Jennifer Lawrence rounded out the top five.