Esquire.com names Maria Ressa one of the sexiest women alive in the world, sexiest in the Philippines

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Esquire.com, the online arm of the men’s magazine Esquire, has named Maria Ressa, the outgoing head of ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs, as the sexiest woman alive in the Philippines. "Despite her size, (she is) fearless enough to write an eyewitness account of Al-Qaeda."

Veering away from beauty queens and the like--though "some sashes" made the list--Esquire.com selected the sexiest woman alive for every country (195 total) in the world. "Esquire.com sought to find exactly what we found in Minka Kelly, this year’s Sexiest Woman Alive: something different, something beautiful, something that reveals a little bit more about who we are." After enlisting the help of Esquire’s 17 international editions, the website came up with 195 women including "Presidents, human rights activists, models with legitimate hearts of gold and this one incredible actress from India (Aishwarya Rai)." Esquire.com added, "Our list is highly subjective and far from scientific--feel free to find your country and suggest alternatives."

In response, Ressa Tweeted, "Thank you to Esquire for an unorthodox choice. Brave new world."

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