For the first year, readers determined what the magazine calls “the definitive list of the world's most beautiful women” by voting. Maxim readers gave spots to Jennifer Lawrence (14), Rihanna (32) and “Downton Abbey’s” Michelle Dockery (70), as well as to “Glee’s” Lea Michele (14) and Naya Rivera (27.)
After “a massive write-in vote campaign,” Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert became the first man to secure a spot on the list, landing at No. 69.
Last year’s top spot holder Rosie Huntington-Whiteley fell to No. 11 this year.
In the past, the list has been criticized for its lack of diversity. Russell Simmons’s Web site Global Grind today declared that, although the magazine “nailed the top spot,” “the complete set lacks women of color.” Indeed, this year the most diversity in the top 20 seems to be be brunettes over the usual blondes.
See Maxim’s full list here.