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Kate Upton named world’s sexiest woman

Blonde bombshell Kate Upton has officially been named the sexiest woman on the planet by People Magazine.

US swimsuit model Kate Upton

The US swimsuit model, best known for her revealing appearances in Sports Illustrated, was honoured at The People Magazine Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles overnight.

Upton, 22, accepted the award saying: "This is such an honour to me because sexy to me means someone who's confident and happy," the magazine reports.

Presenting the award, Grey's Anatomy star Eric Dane praised Upton for her achievements, News.com.au reports.

"There are a lot of reasons why Kate is sexy. Style, career, achievements, sense of humour, personality - oh and did I mention her … looks?" he said.

Other big winners at the inaugural awards night included Jennifer Aniston, who took home the best actress award.

The star-studded event also included performances from Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, 5 Seconds of Summer and Maroon 5.