Miley Cyrus Inexplicably Tops 2013 Maxim Hot 100 List - How It Happened

May 10th, 2013 3:02pm EDT

Miley Cyrus Miley Cyrus is sitting pretty atop this year's Maxim Hot 100 list, which ranks and lists the 100 hottest women (and the occasional man) this time every year.

Miley broke the news herself a few days ago, christening her new Instagram page with her image from the magazine and the message, "My 1st Instagram is dedicated to all my fans... thank you for crowning me #1 Maxim Hot 100."

The news has been a bit puzzling, especially since Miley takes the crown from last year's winner Bar Refaeli and beat out such hotties as Selena Gomez, Megan Fox and... Hoda Kotb?

Yes, Hoda Kotb, aka Kathie Lee Gifford's "Today Show" drinking partner who divulged how she styles her "hair down there" on an episode of the show. Apparently Maxim readers -- and "landing strip" fans -- found that sexy enough to include her on the list. She's #79 on the list, besting the likes of Ashley Benson, Allison Williams and Zooey Deschanel.

Maxim executive editor Patrick Carone told FOX411 that the voting isn't fixed and that Miley "annihilated" her competition during the online voting period.

"We went for Miley for a variety of reasons," Carone told FOX411. "First and foremost the Hot 100 over the last few years, actually specifically the last two years, we've actually had voting online and so we've put a bunch of women we think would be contenders on and we just have our readers go online and vote.

"Miley just annihilated."

The annual issue's press release says that miley stormed to the top spot during the first week of voting, and never looked back.

"The voting for her was absolutely tremendous, and then it doesn't hurt she's extremely cute. She's young and she has her whole career ahead of her and I think really the thing with Miley that we love so much is she's a global, international force," Carone added.

"Like she's the kind of person who cuts her hair and it's literally news in Japan and India. Everyone is fascinated by her love life. We've grown up with her. We've seen her turn from kind of a young girl into this beautiful woman..."

Miley is followed by Selena Gomez, Rihanna, Mila Kunis and Jennifer Lawrence in the top five; while stars like Katy Perry, Kate Beckinsale and Scarlett Johansson didn't even place in the top-10.

Troubled Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o's imaginary girlfriend made the list at No. 69. The ironically numberd spot (in an adolescent humor kind of way) seems to be reserved for a little humor now. Last year comedian Stephen Colbert landed the spot.

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