Mrs O on ‘sexiest’ listMrs O on ‘sexiest’ list

WASHINGTON: For the first time the US First Lady has made Maxim magazine’s annual top 100 list of “hottest women in the world,” with Michelle Obama making the grade at number 93.

Billed as the “stimulus package America really needs,” the British-based international magazine known for revealing pictorials of models and actresses showcases Obama in her tasteful official White House portrait.

In the rare accolade for a political spouse, the magazine notes that her husband President Barack Obama “may be dealing with two wars, an economic meltdown, and a rapidly graying dome. But at least our Commander in Chief gets to come home to the hottest First Lady in the history of these United States.”

Obama has been hailed as a style icon by fashionistas around the world since her husband was elected president.

Maxim’s self-described “eyeball-searing, fantasy-fulfilling, brain-exploding” list has Obama topping ‘Top Chef’ host and model Padma Lakshmi (Œ95) and Oscar-winning Wrestler star Marisa Tomei (Œ97).

The magazine, which has a monthly US circulation of some 2.5 million and is distributed throughout the world, moved over last year’s chart-topper Transformers star Megan Fox to give the number one spot to TV’s House actress Olivia Wilde.