Penelope Cruz oozes sexiness by doing things on her own terms

Penelope Cruz oozes sexiness by doing things on her own terms

Forget the old-fashioned superficial benchmark for "sexiness".

Penelope Cruz, named Esquire magazine's Sexiest Woman Alive this year, proved that boobs and butt are not all there is to the equation.

To quote a certain Mr Timberlake, the Spanish starlet is bringing - real - sexy back.

At 40, she is only the second title-holder in her 40s after American actress Halle Berry.

Berry is the oldest to have bagged the title in 2008, at 42.

Previous younger winners include two-time winner Scarlett Johansson, actresses Charlize Theron, Angelina Jolie, and singer Rihanna.

Yet Cruz easily gives her younger counterparts a run for their money. Despite boasting an enviable hourglass figure and alleged vital statistics of 34-27-35 with C-cup breasts, the Spanish actress has never been all about statistics.

She makes no secret of eating five full meals a day. On her lack of obsession with her physical appearance, she told Porter Magazine last year: "When I'm having my hair and make-up done for a movie or a photo shoot, I never look in the mirror.

"I just set up my office there…my script, my notes, my BlackBerry, and I focus on those things.

"I always have things I have to catch up on, especially now I have children to keep me busy."

Picking Cruz for the title may come as a surprise to some, especially since she has been shying away from the limelight since embracing motherhood.

Apart from recent works which include upcoming movies Ma Ma and Grimsby, Cruz has been devoting her time to her children.

Cruz married her Spanish actor-husband Javier Bardem in 2010. They have a son Leonardo, three, and a daughter Luna, one.

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