Desi Girls Climb Up AskMen.com’s Top 99 Ladder

The much discussed (and drooled after) AskMen.com’s Top 99 Women 2008 Edition is out. Browsing through the seemingly unending list (I know there are only 99 listed there) I found three women of Indian origin on the list of the ‘Most Desirable Women of 2008.’.

#27 Aishwarya Rai (Bachchan) – Mrs Junior B climed up 13 steps from #40 in 2007

The most beautiful woman to come out of Bollywood, Aishwarya Rai slowly but surely made her mark on American audiences in 2007. She flashed those trademark blue-green eyes in films like Guru and The Last Legion, and signed on to costar in the Steve Martin-helmed Pink Panther 2 (2009). And it doesn’t seem like her getting hitched this year mattered much to her fans, who ranked her the No. 27 Most Desirable Woman of 2008.

Sexiness: Her full, luscious lips, sexy curves and ultra-feminine mannerisms give her top marks in this category.

#66 Padma Lakshmi – Ex Mrs Rushdie wasn’t even on the list last year.

Padma Lakshmi sure knows how to turn the heat up in the kitchen. This Indian-American beauty is best known for her hosting gig on Top Chef, making men throughout the country take an interest in the culinary arts for one hour every week. And while our No. 66 Most Desirable Woman spent 2007 with a starring role in most of your fantasies, she also appeared on the cover of Industry magazine and released her second cookbook, Tangy, Tart, Hot and Sweet. Upon hearing of her place on this list, Padma said, “Thanks to all those who voted for me!”

Sexiness: …a body so exquisite it makes you want to navigate it like the Ganges River.

#67 Mallika Sherawat – Reema Lamba has become more desirable by 11 degrees. She was #78 in the 2007 list

We can’t help but admire Mallika Sherawat’s dedication and perseverance, and there’s little doubt that her hard work is paying off – not many Bollywood actresses can say they’ve costarred alongside someone as world-renowned as Jackie Chan. In 2007, Mallika Sherawat wowed her fans with performances in Guru, Aap Kaa Surroor: The Moviee – The Real Luv Story and Welcome. She is a legend in her home country of India, and judging by her upcoming roles in 2008’s Ugly Aur Pagli and Fun in the Army, there are only more good things to come for this beauty.

Sexiness: …the very definition of an exotic beauty, and it’s not difficult to see why she’s become such a notorious sex icon in her native India.

By the way, Katherine Heigl is at the top.

In case you are too lazy to browse through the complete list here’s quickie:

99. Blake Lively
98. Jenna Fischer
97. Vanessa Minnillo
96. Giada de Laurentis
95. Lindsay Lohan
94. Zhang Ziyi
93. Ashlee Simpson
92. Ali Larter
91. Mary Elizabeth Winstead
90. Milla Jovovich
89. Kerry Washington
88. Jessica Chobot
87. Marion Cotillard
86. Sophia Bush
85. Rachel Weisz
84. Ivanka Trump
83. Olivia Munn
82. Naomi Watts
81. Hilary Duff
80. Alyssa Milano
79. Ana de la Reguera
78. Nadine Velazquez
77. Rashida Jones
76. Jennifer Love Hewitt
75. April Scott
74. Maria Sharapova
73. Ana Ivanovic
72. Dita Von Teese
71. Cate Blanchett
70. Federica Ridolfi
69. Lucy Pinder
68. Leona Lewis
67. Mallika Sherawat
66. Padma Lakshmi
65. Michelle Marsh
64. Nelly Furtado
63. Anne Hathaway
62. Cassie
61. Vanessa Hudgens
60. Malin Akerman
59. Kristen Bell
58. Kate Moss
57. Rose McGowan
56. Sara Varone
55. Gwen Stefani
54. Sienna Miller
53. Michelle Lombardo
52. Salma Hayek
51. Hayden Panttiere
50. Reon Kandena
49. Danna Garcia
48. Nicole Scherzinger
47. Jessica Simpson
46. Gemma Atkinson
45. Sofia Vergara
44. Jamie Pressley
43. Katharine McPhee
42. Elin Nordergren
41. Petra Nemcova
40. Emmanuelle Chriqui
39. Kiera Knightley
38. Shakira
37. Rachel McAdams
36. Christina Aguilera
35. Angelina Jolie
34. Kelly Brook
33. Layla Kayleigh
32. Brooke Burke
31. Bianca Beauchamp
30. Alicia Keys
29. Eva Longoria
28. Kim Kardashian
27. Aishwarya Rai
26. Penelope Cruz
25. Heidi Klum
24. Elisha Cuthbert
23. Carrie Underwood
22. Monica Bellucci
21. Hallie Berry
20. Bar Refaeli
19. Miranda Kerr
18. Cheryl Tweedy
17. Maggie Q
16. Gisele Bundchen
15. Natalie Portman
14. Beyonce
13. Keeley Hazell
12. Megan Fox
11. Maria Menounos
10. Adriana Lima
9. MarisaMiller
8. Rihanna
7. Jessica Biel
6. Scarlett Johansson
5. Jessica Alba
4. Eva Mendes
3. Kate Beckinsale
2. Alessandra Ambrosio
1. Katherine Heigl

[List compiled with a little help from here]