The world’s sexiest woman is a Jew — it’s just not clear which one.

On Monday, the US edition of Esquire named Mila Kunis the “Sexiest Woman Alive,” splashing a topless but strategically posed image of the actress across the magazine’s cover. For those who keep track of these things, the Esquire title — presented with the help of an eye-catching photo spread — contradicts a ranking earlier this year by Maxim magazine, which declared Bar Refaeli 2012’s most attractive woman.

As she has in the past, Kunis opens up in the accompanying Esquire profile about her Jewish background. The magazine reports that the “Ted” star “was eight, in 1991, when she immigrated with her parents and her brother from Ukraine to escape anti-Semitism and the turmoil that came with the collapse of the Soviet Union.” The actress says she finds her family’s history “incredibly interesting,” but that it’s her parents, not she, who should get credit for the difficult journey. “They’re the ones who went through hell and back, who gave everything up,” the 29-year-old says. “I didn’t do anything. I was eight years old, and I tagged along.”

Nevertheless, Kunis makes clear that the experience continues to inform her personal and political views, criticizing former US presidential candidate John McCain for an anti-immigrant ad aired during the 2008 campaign. She also targets the GOP more generally, taking aim at the way in which “Republicans attack women” and invoke Christianity. “I may not be a practicing Jew, but why we gotta talk about Jesus all the time?” she asks.

A Golden Globe nominee for her work in “Black Swan,” Kunis ranked third behind Refaeli in Maxim’s 2012 ranking of beautiful women.