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GQ magazine in race row over Sexiest Women List

London: The US edition of men`s magazine GQ has come under fire for including a series of race-specific categories for its `100 Sexiest Women of the 21st Century` list.

The poll for the magazine`s latest edition included categories like `Sexiest Chinese Chick`, `Sexiest Indian Chick` and `Sexiest Pregnant Sri Lankan`, reported Daily Mail.

Critics have slammed the glossy for suggesting some women "are only attractive in the context of their own ethnicity".

GQ, which stands for Gentleman`s Quarterly, published the list this week in its US edition with R&B superstar Beyonce emblazoned on the front cover under the title `Miss Millennium`.

`Slumdog Millionaire` star Freida Pinto was crowned `Hottest Indian Chick`, while `Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon` actress Zhang Ziyi was named `Hottest Chinese Chick`. They named British rapper M.I.A `Hottest Pregnant Sri Lankan`.

There is no mention of Beyonce`s African-American heritage, Mila Kunis` Ukranian roots or Kim Kardashian`s Armenian ancestry.

"By calling out certain women`s ethnicity and not others, what they`re implying is that these women are not beautiful simply because they`re beautiful; they`re only attractive within the context of their own ethnicity," said Professor Ruth C White, from Seattle University`s Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work.