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Six months after giving birth, Halle Berry is gracing the cover of Esquire's annual "Sexiest Woman Alive" issue.

Reacting to her "official" status as a red-hot momma, Berry tells the mag, "I don't know exactly what it means, but being 42 and having just had a baby, I think I'll take it."

Berry — who mimics Bill Clinton's famous circa-2000 Esquire cover pose, though minus the suit pants and shirt — says, "Sexiness is a state of mind.... I know damned well I am sexier now than I used to be."

There's also a bit where she boasts about now having "better orgasms than when I was 22," but I shan't bore you with details.