Two news stories involving Mexican women piqued our interest yesterday: 1) A Mexican pop diva is suing TV Azteca for allegedly defaming her reputation; and 2) Mexican police arrested a woman in possession of more guns than T.I., including an anti-aircraft machine gun(!). So of course, we immediately started thinking of possible posts...a look at corruption at Spanish-speaking networks? An investigative report on how Mexican drug cartels are outgunning the military? Or, maybe—the hottest women in Mexico? Ding. Ding.

Just so you know, we didn't go Maxim on you and fill our list with vaguely Mexican celebs like, say, Jessica Alba. Nope, we dug deep to find the most authentic hot chicks repping the tricolor. Consider this an early celebration of Cinco de Mayo: We present the 9 hottest women of Mexico...

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#9. MAITE PERRONI
CLAIM TO FAME: We'd like to cast the 26-year-old singer/actress in the next Bond flick. The role? Culo...Culo Diabolical.

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#8. ELSA BENÍTEZ
CLAIM TO FAME: The 2001 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover model sued the paparazzi last year for snapping shots of her sunbathing nude. How disgusting. Really, anyone who would Google "Elsa Benitez nude sunbathing" is just a degenerate low-life.

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#7. (TIE) THALÍA (top) and PAULINA RUBIO
CLAIM TO FAME: From the aging pop-star division, we couldn't leave out these two thirty-something Latin legends. It'd be like omitting Aaron Reid and Sean Kingston from an "Overweight Rich Kids We'd Love to Rob" list.

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#6. (TIE) ROSA MARIA OJEDA (top) and LAURA ELIZONDO
CLAIM TO FAME: You already know that Latin America always reps hard in the pageant world. Rosa and Laura—Mexico's candidate for Miss Universe 2007 and Miss Universe 2005, respectively—are just two of dozens of Latin beauties that will eventually marry rich old white men.

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#5. (TIE) DAISY MARIE (top) and JASMINE BYRNE
CLAIM TO FAME: This duo are the only Mexican female winners of the Nobel Peace Prize. Great brains, these two.

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mexalba#4. JESSICA ALBA
CLAIM TO FAME: OK, we lied. Hey, at least she's not number one!

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#3. EVA LONGORIA PARKER
CLAIM TO FAME: Eva's like the Michael Jordan of Mexican celebrities—she transcends ethnicity. Like rednecks might be on some "Keep the spics outta our country" shit and turn around and be like, "Damn, Eva sure is fine, ain't she?"

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#2. BÁRBARA MORI
CLAIM TO FAME: She may be of Uruguayan, Japanese and Mexican descent, but at least she made her name in Mexican entertainment. That's Mexican enough for us.

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SPECIAL BONUS:
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DANIELA DE JESUS COSIO
CLAIM TO FAME: This supermodel didn't really fit anywhere on the list, but she's hot and she's Mexican, so we threw her a bone. Figuratively.

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#1. SALMA HAYEK
CLAIM TO FAME: C'mon now. You already know. Two-i-cide, it's a two-i-cide, bud-a-bye-bye!