Halle Berry on the cover of Esquire magazine

Photo: Esquire, Hearst Communications Inc./Cliff Watts

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Can a woman in her 40s with a 7-month-old child be named Esquire magazine's sexiest woman alive? She can...if she's Halle Berry. "I think that is so darn cool," Oprah says.

In her candid Esquire interview, Halle opens up about what she finds truly sexy: "You know that stuff they say about a woman being responsible for her orgasms? That's all true. And in my case, that makes me responsible for pretty damned good orgasms these days. Much better orgasms than when I was 22," she said. "And I wouldn't let a man control that. Not anymore. Now I'd invite him to participate. I'll tell you this: I've learned my tricks. I know what I like. I do not wait around. I initiate. And I'm not all about frequency. I favor intensity."

"I want to be Halle when I grow up," Gayle says. "I think it's great that she can talk that candidly and just own it and say it."

Ali says that if she looked as gorgeous as Halle Berry, she wouldn't need a man. "I would need a glass of wine, a candle and a full-length mirror, and I would be fine," she jokes.