Some big events occur on an annual basis. Christmas. The FA Cup Final. A sunny day in Scotland. Wimbledon. Adrian Chiles having a day off from being on the telly. The release of a new FIFA. Pancake Day.

They’re all big. They all happen once a year. They all pale in comparison next to FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women in the World.

Every year, a woman is crowned. She knows that for the next 12 months, whatever she does, she is the finest looking female on the planet. She can go to the local shop wearing “I hate puppies” pyjamas. She can cut her arm off, not ‘coz it’s trapped under a rock, just because she bloody well feels like it. Quite frankly, she can cause a massive oil spill off the coast of Weymouth, single-handedly raise tax to 50%, spit on the floor and stop to put a cat in a wheelie bin on her way home – it just doesn’t matter – she’ll still be the Sexiest Woman in the World.

This national institution has been entrenched in our lives since its inauguration way back in 1995. Claudia Schiffer took the title that year. Amazingly, she’s the only supermodel to have won the award.

Other women of fantastic beauty followed, all voted for by you, the readers:

1995 Claudia Schiffer

1996 Gillian Anderson

1997 Teri Hatcher

1998 Jenny McCarthy

1999 Sarah Michelle Gellar

2000 Jennifer Lopez

2001 Jennifer Lopez

2002 Anna Kournikova

2003 Halle Berry

2004 Britney Spears

2005 Kelly Brook

2006 Keira Knightley

2007 Jessica Alba

2008 Megan Fox

2009 Cheryl Cole

2010 Cheryl Cole

2011 ???

Would you dethrone this woman? "DeTHRONE"

So, who will be the next in line and join such esteemed company? Will it be an old favourite, a Kelly Brook or a Megan Fox, or perhaps we’ll have a new Queen of the Lovelies, like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley or Kim Kardashian?

Who knows?

One thing’s for certain: The choice… as that faceless geezer from Blind Date used to say… is yours.