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I love my body but I hate being plastered over porno websites; RACHEL'S SET FOR CHILDLINE GIG.

Byline: PAUL MARTIN

SHE has been voted one of the sexiest woman in the world and has the body to give J-Lo and Britney Spears a run for their money.

Since S Club 7 split last year and she launched a solo career, Rachel Stevens has transformed from sweet teen star to raunchy sex siren.

But the 25-year-old pop babe admitted there was a down side to her seductive looks - the sleazy websites that make money out of fake naked pictures of her.

As she prepared to rock the Childline concert at the Point tomorrow, Rachel revealed: "I can't stand the websites. They are making money out of perving over women and it's not on.

"On the internet there are loads of sites claiming to have 'naked pictures of S Club 7 star'. It's all rubbish.

"It's embarrassing. It's nice to be thought of as having a good body but nobody wants it plastered over porn sites.

"I'm embarrassed in case my friends or family see them on the net. But there's not a lot that can be done.

"The first time I saw them I went crazy but after a while you have to learn not to let it get to you."

And affairs of the heart rather than matters of the body that have been foremost in Rachel's mind.

Earlier this month she split from fiance, former Holby City star Jeremy Edwards after a stormy three-year relationship.

Rachel insists they are still friends but while she can't deny the split has caused anxiety, she doesn't show any physical signs of emotional strain.

At 5.3ft she's not the tallest star in showbiz but she's certainly one of the sexiest.

She has a perfect figure and sparkling brown eyes that command your attention.

Rachel added: "I don't think I'm fantastic looking, far from it. I try and keep myself in good shape and that's about it.

"When I was voted fourth sexiest woman in FHM Magazine I thought it was great. What girl wouldn't?

"But I don't think things like that are important. Being the fourth sexiest woman won't get you far in life - you need to have talent, and I don't mean your looks."

A reluctance to trade on her looks has not stopped Rachel getting raunchy on stage in her bid to rival Kylie Minogue, Holly Valance and others in the charts.

She appeared in front of England's Queen Elizabeth at the Royal Variety Performance by dancing half-naked and wrapped in chains.

And at Christmas, she even hit the headlines when police seized six leather whips out of her bag as she tried to board a plane at Heathrow.

Rachel explained: "It was much more innocent than it sounds.

"We were doing a show and the whips were all part of the act.

"Everyone was making out it was all very kinky. It was just funny though and I've had a few strange looks from people since then."

Since leaving S Club 7, one of the most successful pop groups of the past decade, Rachel's career has had its share of highs and lows.

Her first single Sweet Dreams went straight to No2 in the charts.

But her follow up Funky Dory only reached No26 while her album, of the same name, didn't even break into the UK Top 50.

She added: "I'm happy with the way things have gone so far, it's hard to make an immediate impact when you move on to a solo career."

For now, Rachel is focusing on her date with her Irish fans.

She added: "It's going to be a great show. Dublin is top when it comes to performing live.

"Everyone is up for the party and I'm coming over to have some fun. So everyone better be ready!"

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DREAMY: Rachel Stevens will play The Point, Dublin, tomorrow night; SLEAZY: Websites with fake nude pics of Rachel
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