Nicole Scherzinger beats Taylor Swift and Cheryl Cole to be crowned best dressed celebrity of 2012

The X Factor judge impressed the fashion critics in her show-stopping outfits on and off stage this year

Nicole Scherzinger has been crowned the best dressed celebrity of 2012.

The X Factor judge beat stars including Taylor Swift, Cheryl Cole and Miranda Kerr to be crowned the most stylish celeb of the year.

Nicole Scherzinger has been crowned the best dressed celebrity of 2012 © RexNicole, 34, won the Yahoo! Lifestyle poll with 26 per cent of the vote, beating red-carpet fashionistas including Twilight star Kristen Stewart and Harry Potter actress Emma Watson.

[Related: Nicole Scherzinger’s top 10 fashion moments of 2012]

Lewis Hamilton’s girlfriend has had somewhat of a style transformation in 2012, morphing into the fashion critics’ darling and leaving her X Factor co-judge Tulisa in the shadows.

Nicole Scherzinger had a style transformation in 2012 © RexNicole had a year of winning looks but it was her X Factor fashion that set her apart from the other nominees and made her the best dressed star of 2012.

[Related: Tulisa ‘never stood a chance’ against Nicole Scherzinger in X Factor fashion battle]

Taylor Swift came second place in the best dressed of the year poll with 15 per cent of the vote.

Taylor Swift came second place with 15 per cent of the vote © Rex The US country star, 23, stuck to a formula of winning red-carpet looks that consisted of mainly body-hugging nude gowns that showed off her tall, slim frame.

[Related: Best dressed celebrities of 2012 in pictures]

But Harry Styles’ girlfriend wasn’t afraid to wear colour and was snapped in bright red, royal blue and sunshine yellow frocks throughout the year.

Cheryl Cole came in at third place with 9 per cent of the vote © Rex / WENNNicole Scherzinger not only replaced Cheryl Cole on the X Factor judging panel this year but she also beat her in the fashion stakes too.

The Call My Name singer, 29, came third in the best dressed of the year poll with 9 per cent of the vote.

[Related: Cheryl Cole wows in tan leather The Row dress]

Cheryl developed a penchant for leather in 2012 and set trends faster than any catwalk designer. With the star turning 30 this year, we predict all eyes on Cheryl in 2013.

Twilight star Kristen Stewart, Harry Potter actress Emma Watson and Kylie Minogue each received the next highest amount of votes, while Jessica Alba, Miranda Kerr, Katy Perry and Olivia Palermo completed the top 10.

Did you vote in the best dressed poll? Who did you want to win? Let us know over on Twitter with the #YLifeBestDressed.

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