Posted on December 10, 2015 at 11:33 pm

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Priyanka tops the list of ‘Sexiest Asian Women in the World’ for the third time!

Priyanka Chopra is back to defend her title as the ‘Sexiest Asian Woman in the World’ for the third time in four years!

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The star of ABC’s ‘Quantico’ became an international superstar in 2015, a feat which helped her beat out tough global competition following millions of votes pouring in from across the world for the 2015 edition of the popular annual poll conducted by the UK-based Eastern Eye newspaper.

And Priyanka was delighted to hold onto her crown, saying,

“Now that’s a title I’m happy to hold on to. I’m bringing sexy back! A big thank you to everyone who’s voted for me. Thank you also to Eastern Eye for making me feel ‘sexy’; well, at least for another year. A piece of advice to the ladies – it’s all in the mind. Remember, sexy is as sexy does!”

Eastern Eye’s award-winning entertainment editor Asjad Nazir, who founded the list 12 years ago and puts it together annually, believes Priyanka has become the global face of India:

Priyanka Chopra is doing India proud on the global stage and winning loads of admirers. This was illustrated by the largest-ever number of votes by non-Asians that she received from all over the world. She is clearly building bridges internationally through her art and will continue to do so in the coming years. And by excelling in TV, film and music, the multi-talented actress has shown just how far hard work can take you.”

Indian actresses rounded out the top five spots on the list, where television stars Sanaya Irani (2) and Drashti Dhami (3) edged out Bollywood A-listers Deepika Padukone (4) and Katrina Kaif (5).

Says Asjad,

“There are 27 small-screen stars in the list this year, which once again shows television has become the most powerful and popular medium of all. Even the winner, Priyanka Chopra, made her television debut with ‘Quantico’ this year. This shows that TV plays arguably the biggest part in the lives of people around the world. It also illustrates why so many movie producers are now signing TV actresses for big film projects and why movie stars are venturing into TV.”

The highest placed British woman is once again Jasmin Walia (28), while Canadian actress Hannah Simone (35), a newcomer in the list, is the highest-placed North American. At 48 years of age, Madhuri Dixit (44) is the oldest in the 2015 countdown and 20-year-old actress Radhika Madan (24) is the youngest.

The full countdown of 2015’s 50 Sexiest Asian Women will be published in the UK’s most established and popular Asian newspaper, Eastern Eye, on December 11.