The 27-year-old model revealed that she landed the top spot of the annual Maxim Hot 100 list -- which celebrates powerful, head-turning women in pop culture -- in an Instagram post on Monday.
"I’ve always looked at the Maxim Hot 100 with admiration," Culpo wrote alongside the magazine's July/August cover, which features the brunette beauty in a silk cover-up and lace underwear paired with hoop earrings.
She continued: "There have been so many smart and successful women featured who have inspired me and my career in countless ways which makes this cover so meaningful to me. It still doesn’t feel real!
"Thank you so much @maximmag for the opportunity and to all of the people who worked on this with me❤️❤️❤️," Culpo concluded her post.
The magazine also shared the news on its Instagram page, congratulating the former Miss Universe for being named its 2019 Maxim Hot 100 cover model.
The Maxim 100, which first debuted in 2000, has previously given the top honor to stars such as Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Olivia Wilde and Hailey Baldwin. Last year’s winner was fellow model Kate Upton.