Jessy Mendiola is FHM's 'Sexiest Woman' 2016

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The nation's duly elected leaders, Rodrigo Duterte and Leni Robredo took their oath of office on June 30. At the same time that the Philippines now has a new President and new Vice President, actress Jessy Mendiola is now the 'new sexiest woman in the land,' according to FHM Philippines' 100 Sexiest List.

New president, new vice president... and a new sexiest woman in the land! Congratulations, @senorita_jessy A photo posted by FHM Philippines (@fhmphilofficial) on Jun 29, 2016 at 10:50pm PDT

 

FHM conducted its public poll from April 1 to June 15.

Jessy, 23, has starred in many popular television shows such as ABS-CBN's Maria Mercedes. Last year, she only landed in 23rd place.

After landing on top of FHM's list, Jessy wrote on Instagram, "Surreal. Thank you."

Surreal. Thank you. #FHMsexiestJessy A photo posted by Jessy Mendiola (@senorita_jessy) on Jun 29, 2016 at 11:42pm PDT

 

In a video posted on ABS-CBN News, people from the magazine conveyed the news to her, and upon learning about winning the title, she was visibly shocked.

"I’m overwhelmed. It's a nice venue to send the message that everyone is sexy and if I can win this, if I'm hailed as the sexiest of FHM, lahat tayo puwedeng maging ganun," she said in the video.

"What's important is loving yourself, being healthy, and being the better version of yourself. So I guess kaya itong nangyari kasi I am on that journey, nasa journey ako of being better for myself."

(This is what happened because I am on that journey – that journey of being better for myself.)

In her FHM profile, the magazine hailed the actress for proving "that being sexy is beyond physical." 

The magazine quoted one of the notes she wrote on Instagram:

"My body may not be perfect but that will not stop me from being confident with myself," she wrote. "We all come in different sizes and shapes but that shouldn't stop us from being happy with our own bodies."

"Whether you are curvy, malaman, skinny, too skinny, on the plus size, or even plus plus size, you have all the right to be confident with yourself because that is who and what you are." 

"If you don't love yourself enough, who else will?"

My body may not be perfect but that will not stop me from being confident with myself. I've had my fair share of body shaming comments. So I know how it feels like to be called "FAT" or "TUMABA". Well, just to inform some of you "PERFECT" people. We all come in different sizes and shapes but that shouldn't stop us from being happy with our own bodies. There are times that you will gain weight and there are times that you will lose it. It's normal. It just shows that you are a human being. So whether you are curvy, malaman, skinny, too skinny, on the plus size or even on the plus plus size,  you have ALL the right to be confident with yourself because that is who and what YOU are. If you don't love yourself enough, who else will? Think about it. So go ahead girl, wear that bikini and FLAUNT it. After all, it's YOUR body. Not theirs. Sabi nga ni Demi Lovato "What's wrong with being confident? #loveyourself #Laban A photo posted by Jessy Mendiola (@senorita_jessy) on May 20, 2016 at 12:51am PDT

 

"It's not a question of 'why her,' but 'why only now,'" says managing editor BA Borleo. "This result just proves something we've known for quite some time now here in FHM: We all can’t get enough of Jessy Mendiola."

"We've all spent time checking up on her—the ads, the TV shows, the movies, her posts on social media. This woman is everywhere, her followers number in millions, and now they’ve managed to put their idol on top of the FHM 100 Sexiest List."

Editor-in-chief Allan Hernandez added in Jessy's FHM 100 Sexiestprofile: "She bided her time, honed her craft, pushed herself to be better, and now she is."

Indeed, this is Jessy's year. – Rappler.com