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Indian actress Priyanka Chopra has been voted the “Sexiest Asian Woman” in the world in an annual U.K. poll. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

On Dec. 6, Priyanka Chopra celebrated yet another win. The global star toppled actress Deepika Padukone to clinch the title of ‘Sexiest Asian Woman’ for 2017.

The “Baywatch” star came out on top for a record-breaking fifth time following millions of votes pouring in from across the globe on social media for the 2017 edition of the popular ‘50 Sexiest Asian Women’ poll conducted by the London-based weekly newspaper, Eastern Eye.

Padukone, who was the reigning queen of 2016, has slipped to the third position this year. Television actress Nia Sharma takes the second spot while the fourth and fifth places are secured by actresses Alia Bhatt and Mahira Khan, respectively.

“I should thank my mom and dad for this award...lol!” Chopra, clearly delighted with the win, wrote on Twitter Dec. 6. “It’s purely my genetics and your optics... and a big thank you for the immense love you guys give me every single time which has put me on top of the list 5 times over. Thank you.”

The accolade rounds off another dream year for the actress as she makes incredible strides internationally with her Hollywood debut, noted the magazine.

Currently filming Season 3 of “Quantico” in New York, Chopra has cemented her base in Hollywood. Though “Baywatch” didn’t exactly set the cash registers ringing, Chopra’s kitty is full of assignments. Her next Hollywood film, “A Kid Like Jake,” will debut at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival (see story in India-West here: http://bit.ly/2j7nRkQ). She will also be seen alongside Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Adam Devine in “Isn’t It Romantic?”

The 35-year-old actress, who recently made it to Variety’s annual list of ‘500 Most Influential Business Leaders Shaping the Global Entertainment Industry,’ list also takes time to sing and has released four singles: “In My City,” “Exotic” with Pitbull, and “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” and the recent “Young and Free,” with Will Sparks.

2017 also saw the actress make it to Forbes’ annual ‘Top-10 Highest-paid TV Actresses’ list.

She has continued to make giant strides as a producer, too, and remained one of the hottest Indian stars on social media, crossing 40 million followers on Instagram and Twitter combined.

Now in its 14th year, the list is based on millions of votes by fans around the world, media coverage, impact and the heat generated across various social media platforms.

Eastern Eye entertainment editor and founder of the ‘50 Sexiest Asian Women’ list, Asjad Nazir, described Chopra as the perfect mix of “beauty, brains, bravery and a kind heart.”

“Priyanka Chopra has become an incredible international ambassador for India and is smashing through glass ceilings all over the world,” said Nazir. “Apart from being courageous enough to fly into the unknown professionally, she has also done a lot of work for social causes, become a strong symbol for girl power and is making a young generation have big dreams.”

Television actress Drashti Dhami stands tall at number six, while actresses Katrina Kaif and Shraddha Kapoor take the seventh and eighth spots.  

Gauahar Khan and Rubina Dilaik round out the top ten list.

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