People's 12 Hottest Bodies of 2012




12. DAVID BECKHAM
This father of four looks good in everything – from a suit and soccer uniform to, ahem, his underwear! "I still feel quite shy when I see a poster or campaign like that," Beckham, 37, said of flaunting his famous physique. "But after a while you get used to it DASH] although my mum still hasn't."



11. MARIA MENOUNOS
"It's not about being skinny, it's about being healthy!" says the Extra correspondent and season 14 DWTS standout. Menounos, 33, who was a size 14 during college, stays active with sports, from basketball and running to the Israeli martial art Krav Maga. "I squeeze things in every which way I can," she told Fitness magazine.



10. GABRIELLE UNION
"As I aged I noticed that my face looked a little fuller or I had a little backfat," the Think Like a Man star, 39, told PEOPLE of how her body changed with age. "It had a lot to do with junk food and fast food. I've started to read labels more. And I'm actually preparing meals like brussels sprouts and meatloaf." But looking super-skinny isn't something Union embraces: "I love looking like a woman," she says.



9. ZAC EFRON
When Efron signed up to play a marine in The Lucky One, the former Disney heartthrob put on more than 18 lbs. of muscle with a protein-packed diet and exercise regime. "By the end of the movie I didn't recognize myself," Efron, 24, told Men's Health. "You hear about guys like Christian Bale who dive into it and are really able to transform. I've always wondered if I had the willpower to actually do it. And I'll always have pride around the sense that I can."



8. STACY KEIBLER
Have you ever seen legs this long?! "Being healthy and living a healthy lifestyle have always been very important to me," George Clooney's leggy steady, 32, told Self magazine in May. "I pride myself in taking care of my mind, body and soul, and not just through exercise."



7. MILEY CYRUS
She's in tip-top condition to walk down the aisle! The 19-year-old star credits a gluten-free diet with her suddenly svelte physique. "Everyone should try no gluten for a week," the bride-to-be Tweeted in April. "The change in your skin, physical and mental health is amazing! You won't go back!"



6. WILLIAM LEVY
"Girls have come up, ripped my T-shirt and all that stuff," Levy told PEOPLE – and we secretly don't blame them! The telenovela star, 31, gave audiences even more reason to tune in to Dancing with the Stars – to see salsas, sambas and some major washboard abs. "I have never heard it that loud in there," pro partner Cheryl Burke said of Levy's ballroom appeal.



5. RIHANNA
"For the first time, I don't want to get rid of the curves. I just want to tone it up," the singer, 24, told Vogue of embracing her figure – which the stylish star isn't afraid to flaunt. "My body is comfortable, and it's not unhealthy, so I'm going to rock with it…I just feel sexy."



4. CHRIS HEMSWORTH
The Australian actor, 28, said he never lifted weights until he trained for 2011's Thor, for which he packed 20 lbs. of muscle onto his 6'3" frame. Though weight training was "all pretty new" to Hemsworth, the athletic star grew up surfing, boxing and playing Australian Rules Football (a mix of soccer and rugby).




3. JULIANNE HOUGH
The dancer-turned-actress, 23, enlisted the help of celeb fitness trainer Tracy Anderson for a total body, dance-based workout, which gave Hough the definition she craved. "I prefer to work out early because it gives me an energy boost for the rest of the day," said the Rock of Ages star, who swears by salads sans cheese, oils and salt.




2. JOE MANGANIELLO
The 35-year-old True Blood star, who will bare all in the upcoming stripper flick Magic Mike, worked out with Hugh Jackman's trainer Ron Matthews, who gave the actor a program of low-weight, high-rep, cardio-intensive workouts. "I didn't want to be like one of those statuesque eighties action stars," he told Details magazine.




1. ELLE MACPHERSON
Admit it: 48 never looked this good! The Aussie model, known around the world as "The Body," ignited bikini envy from a whole new generation of beachgoers when she flaunted her fit form in the pages of PEOPLE. "I do get jitters," says Macpherson of donning a two-piece 20-plus years after gracing four Sports Illustrated covers. "I was comfortable [at the shoot]. But I had to get my self-conscious 'maybe I don't look my best' head out of the way and go with, 'Let's celebrate where I'm at.'"