the new mom says of the honor
10/07/2008 at 02:00 PM EDT
isn't just one hot mama – she's also officially the sexiest woman alive, according to Esquire
"I don't know exactly what it means, but being 42 and having just had a baby, I think I'll take it," says Berry, who gave birth to her daughter, Nahla, in March.
The actress, who appears on the cover of Esquire
's November issue, also tells the magazine, "sexiness is a state of mind – a comfortable state of being. It's about loving yourself in your most unlovable moments."
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