The photographer, Cliff Watts, composed the cover featuring Halle Berry because she has been named Esquire Magazine’s “Sexiest Woman Alive”. It’s a homage to the older cover, featuring Bill Clinton, on the left.
But are the images equivalent, as Watts says?
“When I first looked at the image, I thought, Are we really gonna do this with Halle? But after I talked to her about it, it just seemed right. She’s a powerful woman; he’s a powerful man. It’s basically the female equivalent of the Clinton cover. There’s a sensitivity and a sexuality there, but also the strength.”
As Dodai says at Jezebel:
So, um, why isn’t she wearing pants?