Third time's the charm for FHM 100 Sexiest Women regular Rizza Diaz
Rizza Diaz during the FHM Philippines victory party on Tuesday night. Mark Jesalva

A DAY after the FHM 100 Sexiest victory party, PBA courtside reporter Rizza Diaz still can't seem to believe that she has made the elite list for three consecutive years.

The petite TV personality and events host first made the FHM Sexiest list in 2014 at No. 97,  leapfrogged to No. 58 the following year and again made it this year at No. 78.

Because of the hat-trick, she's starting to believe that she's indeed sexy, Diaz said with smile.

"Parang gusto ko na maniwala na sexy talaga ako," told SPIN.ph laughing. "'Yung una tsamba, 'yung pangalawa swerte, itong pangatlo baka true na."

Kidding aside, the charming TV host, who wore a classic but sexy little black dress showing her curves during the victory party, said that being sexy is more than just having a perfect body.

"Seriously, I'm thankful," she said. "Iba na siguro ang definition ng sexy ngayon, 'di na lang basta body."

"Women that are confident, strong and smart are sexy na rin," she stressed.

In previous interviews, Diaz shared she had her own share of rejection stories, like auditions which she nailed but didn't lead to gigs because she doesn't have the "look".

But the bubbly reporter didn't let those failures stop her from reaching her dreams. Instead, she remained true to herself and became the best version of who and what she is.

"Our individuality is our strongest suit, when you embrace all your flaws and just love yourself the way you are, then you'll feel comfortable. You can take inspiration from others but not copy," she said.

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