Actress Mila Kunis has been named Esquire magazine's "Sexiest Woman Alive 2012," succeeding last year's titleholder, singer Rihanna.

The "That '70s Show" and "Ted" star -- who was named GQ magazine's "Knockout of the Year 2011" and is No. 3 on Maxim's 2012 "Hot 100," behind Bar Refaeli and Olivia Munn -- says in the November Esquire: "I don't think I'm a celebrity. I'm a working actress. I think there's a difference."

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Kunis, 29, says she is no fan of paparazzi -- "They want nothing more than for you to get in a car accident so they can have a photograph" -- yet has no illusions about fellow Hollywood stars.

"Here's the truth: People want to get photographed in this industry a lot more than they let on. For instance, everything is sponsorship-based. When you see photos in magazines and someone's holding a Coke or a Sprite and they're just walking down the street, that's a sponsorship."

She also says too much has been made of her immigrating to the United States at age 8 from what was then Soviet Ukraine.

"It has nothing to do with me. I feel awful talking about it, because my parents should sit down and talk about it. They're the ones who went through hell and back, who gave everything up. I didn't do anything."