The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue model replaces Hailey Baldwin as the sexiest woman of the year.

AceShowbiz - Model and actress Kate Upton has topped the Maxim Hot 100 for 2018.

The busty blonde, who wed baseball player Justin Verlander last year, has been named the sexiest woman of the year by magazine editors, landing her on the cover of the July/August issue.

"Our annual Hot 100 issue is about so much more than physical beauty, although this year's nominees have that in spades," Maxim Chief Operating Officer Robert Price said in a statement.

"Now more than ever, we need to celebrate smart, powerful women who are breaking boundaries, shattering glass ceilings and showing us what is possible - none more so than our incredibly talented cover star, Kate Upton."

Flattered by the honour, the stunner says, "You know, I work really hard on myself: on feeling good, working out, being strong. Being number one on the Hot 100 is a little reward for all of the hard work."

The "Other Woman" star takes over the title from 2017's number one, Hailey Baldwin.

The rest of the Hot 100 is set to be released later this month, but according to, Kate beat the likes of famous sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid, and Kylie and Kendall Jenner for the crown.

For the sexy cover shoot, Kate shows off her cleavage in a low cut crop top while posing in Israel's Negev Desert, and travelling to the country for work helped her check off a trip from her "bucket list".

"Israel is such a new country, but obviously with such old, rooted history," she remarks of the shoot in the accompanying interview. "I went to Jerusalem and to the Dead Sea and floated around; my mum came with me."

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