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Kate Upton scores top spot of the Maxim Hot 100 list for 2018

Kate Upton finished 2018 Maxim Hot 100 list for 2018.

(Gilles Bensimon)

According to Maxim, Kate Upton is the hottest woman of the year.

The magazine told Fox News Thursday that they have a list of the American blonde bombshell on the first place of the annual Maxim Hot 100 list, which celebrates powerful, head-turning women in pop culture.

PHOTOS: KATE UPTON’S HOTTEST SHOTS

Thanks to @maximmag for naming me No1 hottest woman of 2018! Shot by the amazing @gilles_bensimon in Israel! #MaximHot100

A post shared by Kate Upton (@kateupton) on Jun 7, 2018 5:09 am PDT

The Maxim 100, which first debuted in 2000, has previously given the top honor to stars like Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and Olivia Wilde. Last year’s winner was fellow model Hailey Baldwin.

The 26-year-old is on the magazine-July/August 2018 cover where she proudly flaunted her assets on the beach of Israel.

“Thank you to Maxim for naming me the Number 1 hottest woman of 2018!” the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit star wrote on Instagram. “Shot by the great Gilles Bensimon in Israel.”

Maxim revealed picking Upton for this year was a no-brainer.

KATE UPTON MODELING YAMAMAY LINGERIE

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“Maybe no one saw Americana such as this year’s winner, supermodel Kate Upton,” the publication shared. “Just like her doppelganger of Marilyn Monroe, the 26-year-old is a blonde bombshell if ever there was one, complete with enviable curves, a sweet smile, and, remarkably, a good old-fashioned work ethic.”

Upton told Maxim she was grateful for the coveted honour, though a sought-after model in the fashion world.

“You know, I work really hard for myself, to feel good, to work, to be strong. Number one on the Hot 100 is a small reward for all the hard work.”

Upton, who was born in Michigan, was scouted as a model at the age of 12 at the exit of a Florida horse show. Her career has since skyrocketed in the past few years.

Still, Upton admitted she didn’t initially envision himself as a model.

“I was a rider, so to grow around the barn, you don’t really think of yourself in the fashion industry,” she said. “It seemed very glamorous. You know, is able to travel and meet new people and experience new things.”

A day at the beach with @viki_odintcova | beautiful shot by @mavrinstudios

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Upton added, she was especially happy to see her name in Israel for Maxim.

“I was so excited,” she explained. “It was one of my bucket-list travel. Israel is a new country, but it is clear that with such old, rooted in the history. I went to Jerusalem and the Dead Sea and floated around; my mother came with me.”

But Upton is not done great audience. While she’s already appeared in Hollywood movies such as 2014’s ‘The Other Woman’ and 2017 is The “Stopover” she is preparing for her next big role.

“It’s not an easy industry, and it is very easy for someone like me typecast,” said Upton. I definitely don’t want to play the same role over and over again. I am really waiting for my role that I am able to be the best.”

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But these days, Upton has plenty of reasons to celebrate. In addition to her Maxim cover, she is also enjoying her marriage to Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander. The couple tied the knot at the end of last year in Tuscany.

Back in March, Verlander told Fox News it was crucial for the support of his wife, jet-setting career while playing baseball.

“I have to have a number of her shows, but our schedules are so heavy,” he explained. “[But] on my off-season, I try to get out and support her when I can… The attraction was many of the similarities that we share together, and that became clear the more we have for each other.”

Maxim’s Hot 100 party will take place on July 21 at the Hollywood Palladium and will be produced by Lagardère Sports & Entertainment and Rooftop2 Productions.

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