Halle Berry for President?

Men’s magazine Esquire has dubbed Halle Berry the Sexiest Woman Alive in its November 2008 issue, and put her on the cover in a blazer and tie (and not much else):

Halle’s response to the Sexiest Woman Alive title? “Well, I don’t know exactly what it means but being 42 and having just had a baby, I think I’ll take it."

But wait! This isn’t your average magazine cover of a scantily clad woman — it’s actually a recreation of Esquire‘s December 2000 cover of Bill Clinton:

Photographer Cliff Watts explains the decision behind the recreation: "She’s a powerful woman; he’s a powerful man. It’s basically the female equivalent of the Clinton cover.”

Nice try, Cliff. Halle can’t be as powerful as the former president of the United States if she can’t even afford to buy herself a pair of pants. Or a shirt.

Feminist statement in disguise, or a thinly veiled excuse to put another beautiful half-naked woman on the cover? The answer’s pretty obvious, but so is this: Halle is rockin’ that tie!

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