Maxim’s Hottest Cover Bracket

To celebrate our 16th birthday, we asked you to pick the sexiest cover of all time. Thousands voted—now find out who was the last star standing and read an interview with the gorgeous winner.

To celebrate our 16th birthday, we asked you, our loyal readers, to pick the sexiest cover of all time. Thousands voted and told us why they chose the girls they did—now find out who was the last star standing and read an interview with the gorgeous winner.

16. Mila Kunis, October 2002

“I mean, it’s Mila Kunis. Come on!”

15. Shania Twain, June 2003

“She kicked country music up several notches.”

14. Christina Aguilera, January 2003

“I bought this issue when I was 11, and it’s still stuck with me.”

13. Olivia Wilde, July 2009

“I thought it was an angel on that cover.”

12. Alyssa Milano, March 1998

“She grew up on Who’s The Boss? and is simply stunning.”

11. Eva Mendes, February 2007

“Because when I view her cover, my computer catches on fire.”

10. Eva Longoria, January 2005

“I’m a straight female, but she’s so sexy I’m thinking about jumping the fence.” 

9. Jessica Simpson, January 2002

“The cleavage is mesmerizing.”

8. Olivia Munn, February 2011

“She’s just naturally sexy.”

7. Jennifer Love Hewitt, November 1999

“Seriously, I need to explain why I picked JLH half-naked in her prime?”

6. Kaley Cuoco, March 2010

“As Prince of the Geeks, I say she’s the one!”

5. Sarah Shahi, October 2012

“Have you seen The L Word?!”

4. Lacey Chabert, January 2007

“Seeing her grown up and gorgeous was mind-blowing.”

3. Megan Fox, July 2007

“Megan Fox is 100 percent pure sex.”

2. Jessica Alba, November 2003

“Nobody carries sexiness with as much class.”

See our interview with the winner on the next page! 

[pagebreak]You’ve spoken (shouted, really) and declared perennial hottie Jennifer Love Hewitt’s cover from April 2012 the hottest Maxim cover of all time!

1. Jennifer Love Hewitt, April 2012

“She’s sweet, cute, hot, sexy, adorable, beautiful, and stunning.”

How does it feel to be voted the sexiest cover in Maxim’s 16-year history?

Oh, my God, I’m so excited. I think it’s really awesome. I’m such a big fan of the magazine. At 34, to be considered sexy is a big deal. [laughs] Because you start to wonder.

Do you have anything to say to the thousands of readers who chose you?

Thank you, thank you, thank you, and I promise to always keep it sexy. I want another cover! I’ve done four, and I think I’ve got a good seven covers left.

So why not make it an even eight?

I love the number eight. Let’s do it.

Done! Is it weird that you beat your younger self?

It’s so funny, right? For an older version to beat the younger version—that is a real feat.

So you don’t feel bad for your younger self?

I don’t.

As prolific as you’ve been, do you look to any cover girls for inspiration?

Any of the Victoria’s Secret Angels inspire me.

In your interview a year ago, you noted your favorite part of your body. We’re updating our records. Your favorite body part these days is…?

Still my boobs. [laughs]

Check out Jennifer Love Hewitt’s April 2012 gallery. 

See the behind-the-scenes video!