Penélope Cruz was named as Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive, and there’s really no need to explain why; the Spanish actress has made a name for herself in Hollywood with roles in films like Blow, Nine, and Vicky Cristina Barcelona (for which she won an Oscar in 2010), and she never fails to heat up the screen with her steamy brand of dark, moody sex appeal.
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Of course, Penélope’s most beloved roles at the moment are as a mother to Leo and Luna and wife to husband Javier Bardem. In honor of Penélope’s big title, we’ve rounded up some of her hottest moments on the beach, the red carpet, and beyond. Scroll through to see them all now!
1. Penélope wowed in a black string bikini while spending time in St. Barts in January 2006.
2. She wore a bronze-colored dress from Givenchy’s couture collection for a Harper’s Bazaar spread in May 2012.
3. She made a statement while running through the water during a January 2007 trip to St. Barts.
4. Penélope wore a low-cut lace dress and big, sexy hair for the Madrid premiere of Sahara in April 2005.
5. Penélope sported a floral-print bikini while on vacation in St. Barts in December 2006.
6. Penélope sported a sexy cutout dress to the Vanity Fair Oscars afterparty in LA in February 2001.
7. After winning the best supporting actress Oscar for her role in Vicky Cristina Barcelona in February 2009,
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Penélope partied in a Grecian white gown with a thigh-high slit at the Vanity Fair Oscars party in LA.
8. She hit the waves in a barely there swimsuit while vacationing in St. Barts in January 2007.
9. She showed off her curves in a fitted red column gown for the Berlin premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in May 2011.
10. A tan and toned Penélope wore a sexy blue minidress at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2009.
11. She flaunted her postbaby body at the February 2011 Oscars in LA, wearing a low-cut, fitted gown just weeks after giving birth to son Leo.
12. She posed in a red one-piece swimsuit for Campari’s superstition-themed 2013 calendar.
13. Penélope wore a sexy pink Atelier Versace gown with a thigh-high slit to the Twice Born Toronto Film Festival premiere in September 2012.