Genevieve Morton is FHM's Sexiest Woman
Cape Town - Benoni-born beauty Genevieve Morton is officially the sexiest woman in the world, after hundreds of thousands of FHM readers voted in a poll to determine the Top 100 Sexiest Women in the World for 2012.
Blonde and busty Genevieve, 26, graces the July issue of FHM and says she is thrilled with her new title.
"I was over the moon! Winning this title is great for my career but personally it also means a lot to me as I’ve been working with FHM for a long time," she says.
"It does make me blush when anyone mentions my win, but then again the idea of what makes someone sexy can differ from person to person. I personally see the appeal of girls like Candice Swanepoel and Kate Upton – to me they’re very sexy," she added.
FHM editor Brendan Cooper sang her praises: "Genevieve has grown into a very sophisticated, sexy young woman. She’s very versatile and can do 'blonde in a bikini' on a beach with aplomb, but her real sexiness for me is in that her look harks back to classic beauties like Brigitte Bardot."
Genevieve started modelling at the age of 19 and currently resides in New York and says she loves the variety and excitement of the Big Apple.
"I come back to South Africa fairly frequently, mostly for university exams or for work," she says. "I stay in Cape Town when I’m here – it’s really beautiful and I always feel at home in this city," she says.
Genevieve says she is single and describes herself as fun-loving, quirky, sporty, caring and passionate.
"My philosophy in life is to keep trying and not let life get you down," she says. "Learn from mistakes and disappointment by trying harder and making sure to hold on to what makes you unique."
Genevieve beat out sexy girl-next-door swimwear model Kate Upton, who was placed second, to the distinguished title. Third was Serbian-born, Joburg-based brunette Ana Trujic, followed by Shameless
star Emmy Rossum, and in fifth place is last year's No 2 Jennifer Pietersen.
The 2011 Sexiest Woman was won by Shashi Naidoo
The FHM 100 Sexiest Women issue is on sale now.* Follow Genevieve Morton on Twitter @genevievemorton