The former Coronation Street star, who was previously engaged to The Wanted boy band member Max George, won the public vote to succeed 2014 winner Jennifer Lawrence, who now places third, just behind Jenner, in this year's (15) survey.

Model-turned-actress Kate Upton is at four, while British TV presenter Caroline Flack, who reportedly enjoyed a fling with One Direction star Harry Styles in 2011, rounds out the top five.

Other notable entries include Ariana Grande (six), The Wolf of Wall Street beauty Margot Robbie (seven), Britney Spears (12), Taylor Swift (15), Sofia Vergara (17) and Beyonce (19).

Rihanna, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Nicki Minaj, Demi Lovato and Jennifer Lopez also feature in the 100 Sexiest Women in the World poll.