John Key, who is the Prime Minister of New Zealand, made comments about the British model when he was asked if he would like to take the place of Aussie cricketer Shane Warne, believed to be in a relationship with Hurley.
According to The Daily Telegraph, Key said: "Yeah [I would like to be Shane Warne] given his current liaisons with Liz Hurley. I like Liz Hurley, actually. I reckon she is hot."
He went on to name actresses Jessica Alba and Angelina Jolie as two more of his favourite pin-ups.
Women's rights campaigners have since claimed that Key has sparked a "sexist row" with his comments, to which he replied: "I think [Liz Hurley] will be thrilled by the endorsement."