Please give me a hand to fill in the blank with the most appropriate verb:
She is the most gorgeous actress among all the female players and this is why most of the men try to flatter her and lay it on thick for her! I've heard many times that her blue eyes was the envy of the entire class!
I think her beauty................other ladies jealousy.
I am looking for a verb that fits best in the above sentence; according to the dictionaries definition the verb "arouse" seems to be idiomatic, but I have no idea weather it is natural as well! I would be grateful if someone could help me in this regard.
P.S. The reason I doubt about this verb is that, I found only one single hit on google search.