After 20-plus years in Hollywood, Esquire picked 2008—the year of her first baby and, incidentally, not the year she played a bikini-clad Bond girl—to dub Halle Berry the sexiest woman alive. “I'll take it,” writes the 42-year-old actress in an acceptance speech that shares a thing or two she's learned about sexiness … and thanks the “eight editors wearing competing $75 button-down shirts” for the title.
“Sexy is not about shaking your booty until you damn near get hip dysplasia; it's about knowing that sexiness is a state of mind,” writes Berry, who admits that it's not all intangible. “Spaghetti is sexy, especially when it's served off the tips of a man's fingers. And I think wine is sexy, just before sex.”