Does Sam Pinto, FHM's “Sexiest Woman in the World” for 2011 and 2012, think she can beat rival Marian Rivera again? The 23-year-old sexy star says, “I don’t know ‘cause I know she has a lot of fans and all her fans are really die-hard and crazy so I don’t know.”

Photo: Noel Orsal

Sam Pinto has clinched the top spot in FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2013 poll as of today, May 20, Monday.

The unofficial tally indicates that the 23-year-old actress/model has taken over the “Sexiest Woman” title, as GMA-7’s prime actress Marian Rivera slips to second place.

Since the election period opened on April 1, the Marimar star has consistently been the topnotcher—an advantage that Marian must have had after posing for the first time on the cover of FHM Philippines' 150th issue.

The Marian-Sam rivalry was a hot issue during last year’s competition when Sam was crowned the sexiest for the second time.

When (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and several members of the media had a chat with Sam last Wednesday, May 15, on the set of GMA-7 primetime soap Indio in Marilao, Bulacan, the Kapuso star seemed the least bit worried that she was then behind Marian in the polls.

“It’s really up to them—sa mga fans ko,” said Sam, smiling.

She stressed that she will not make an effort to campaign for herself: “Me, myself, I won’t. But the fans are doing it for me.

“Like, I told them, ‘I will support you guys whatever you want. If you want me to win, okay. If not, I’m happy I’m in the top ten.’”

RIVALRY WITH MARIAN RIVERA. The tension between Sam and Marian is brewing once again, all the more the rivalry between their fans.

Sam said she has nothing to comment on regarding the matter.

“I have nothing really to say. If they’re the one who’s fighting… Me, I don’t want to do anything about it, against it, or anything at all.

“For me, bakit mag-aaway kung ako, wala namang anything against her?”

Sam let out a laugh when asked how her relationship with Marian, her co-network talent, is.

“I don’t know. For me, that issue died. Nothing continued. Wala namang nangyayaring masama,” she pointed out.

Sam clarified that she does not really encounter Marian despite them both working for GMA-7.

“Actually, hindi kami nagkikita at all… kasi wala naman kaming shows together.”