Model Bar Refaeli has earned the top spot on Maxim’s Hot 100 list for 2012, the first list in which readers’ votes helped determine the list. Though the Israeli beauty is a mainstay on the list, the top spot usually goes to ladies with a much higher profile in music or film — pop stars like Katy Perry and Christina Aguilera, actresses like Olivia Wilde, and cross-over model-actresses like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who was last year’s #1. (Model Marissa Miller was the one previous exception.) The 27-year-old has dipped her toe in the acting pool, appearing in the psychological thriller Session last year, and according to USA Today, she’s filming a dark comedy that’s in Hebrew and French.
The rest of the top 10 are hardly surprising: Olivia Munn, Mila Kunis, Katy Perry, Olivia Wilde, Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Megan Fox, Malin Akerman and Adrianne Palicki. But perhaps most notable on the list, thanks to a write-in campaign, is #69, Stephen Colbert.
You can head over to Maxim for the rest of the 100. But first, stick around here and take a look at 30 hot picks of Bar, who manages to be equally alluring in a tiny bikini as in haute couture or a T-shirt. She manages to ooze sex appeal one minute and then seem completely approachable when she cracks a smile. And for that, we’ll have to agree with the Maxim guys. She is hot.
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