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The people at "Maxim" magazine have named 38-year-old EVA LONGORIA their Woman of the Year.

She says, quote, "It's especially awesome after how long it's been since my first cover."

But she also tries to downplay her sexiness . . . quote, "One thing people are usually surprised about when they get to know me is how domestic I am.

"So when you see the sexy 'Maxim' cover and then you put it against me in an apron with flour in my hair, it takes a moment to reconcile that image."

Eva actually had to reschedule her "Maxim" interview because she was getting her MASTERS.  She says, quote, "I was like, 'My brain can't jump that fast from a 'Maxim' interview to a thesis!'"