The magazine has been responsible for elevating her to the conscience of a global audience, with a politically incorrect cover story – or putting her up to widespread ridicule, depending on your perspective – and FHM India has now helped raise Veena Malik to even more exalted – exalted, once again depending on your perspective – by naming her to its list of “Sexiest Women in the World”.
The Pakistani model, actress, Bollywood upstart – not to mention one of the sweetest people you will ever meet – ranked 26 on the list, ahead of the likes of Kim Kardashian, Cameron Diaz, Frieda Pinto, Irina Shayk and even Angelina Jolie to win over the hearts of readers of FHM India worldwide.
Malik says, “I am honoured to be a part of so many beautiful women, if people find me sexy for me being myself then great”
If Malik feels it is a triumph, it is the latest in a series of steps upwards and onwards for the beauty, who’s had a difficult time since appearing naked on the cover of FHM apart from a strategically placed tatoo alluding to her native country’s feared intelligence service ‘ISI’, or Inter Services Intelligence.
The appearance led to her being ostracized in her country amidst vehement denials by her that the photograph had been doctored.
The story has also helped raise her profile, with Malik now a big draw in Bollywood and Indian Television with a host of reality TV and film projects lined up.
FHM India’s annual list of the world’s mots beautiful women was topped by Katrina Kaif for a second year in a row with Kareena Kapoor in second and Deepika Padukone in third as voted by readers.
– Poonam Joshi