Jessica Simpson has been named America's sexiest woman by top men's magazine MAXIM.

The pop singer and reality TV star has beaten off Beyonce Knowles, Christina Aguilera and tennis ace Anna Kournikova to claim the top spot on this year's (04) MAXIM HOT 100 list.

Simpson is thrilled with the honour because she was constantly teased as a teenager for being a prude.

She says, "It's a huge compliment. I got tortured more than anything for being a prude growing up, so it's nice to be number one and still be a little bit of a prude... It's kind of like sticking my tongue out at everybody who thought that it wasn't sexy."

The top 10 is:

1. JESSICA SIMPSON

2. BEYONCE

3. CHRISTINA AGUILERA

4. ANNA KOURNIKOVA

5. Jennifer Lopez

6. Mischa Barton

7. Rebecca Romijn-Stamos

8. Paris Hilton

9. Jessica Alba

10. Halle Berry.

18/06/2004 09:09