naked: hell yes, halle berry is sexy


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Halle Berry gives the staff of Esquire an erection, and with it, they salute her as the Sexiest Woman Alive. Halle Berry is baffled to have been chosen, but it is clear why she was–she is utterly, absolutely gorgeous. She’s got a beautiful face and a slammin’ body and hell yes, she is sexy, just look at her. But that’s not why she deserves to be hailed as an amazing woman. Here’s why, from her “acceptance speech” on the magazine’s website:

I…have to thank my “team,” the ones who make the magic
happen — my hair designer, my stylist, my makeup artist, and my
beloved trainer. And I would absolutely have to thank the photographer,
because without him, the camera is all lies of a different sort. I
mean, look at the pictures. That takes a lot of work. I’m lucky to have
these people. Don’t think I don’t know it.

Does being the
sexiest woman alive imply that I know a thing or two about what’s sexy
and, possibly, about sex itself? I’m not sure, but here’s what I do
know: I know damned well I’m sexier now than I used to be. Let me make
an argument here–not so much for me, or even for my age being sexy,
but for what I’ve learned. I’ve picked up a little over the years. Sexy
is not about wearing sexy clothes or shaking your booty until you damn
near get hip dysplasia; it’s about knowing that sexiness is a state of
mind–a comfortable state of being. It’s about loving yourself even
in your most unlovable moments.

She’s nailed it
right on the head, point after point–stars look amazing because they
have entire teams working on them; photographers catching them from all
the right angles; sexy is not about trying to look the role or be the
role, it’s about being who you are, and accepting yourself, and loving
all of you. Even with stylists and agents at her fingertips that it has
taken her until her forties to reach a place where she can confidently
say that she knows what sexy is, and declare yes, she is for damn sure
sexy. It is a process and an effort, and you can say “well, if Halle Berry struggled, what hope do I have?” or you can say “man, it’s a struggle for everyone, isn’t it?” and know that you’re not alone.

2 Replies to “naked: hell yes, halle berry is sexy”

  1. I’ve been an Esquire subscriber for years (they have some great articles!), and I was happy that they chose Halle this go around. And I love that she was so honest about all that.

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