Bill Clinton's December 2000 Esquire magazine cover stirred up a little bit of controversy because of the sexual scandal that lingered over him at the time of his shoot. A special front zoom angle camera lens was used causing his hands to look enlarged. Combining that with his legs spread open with a blue tie hanging down to his groins caused many people to react to this in a way not truly intended by the photographer, Platon Antonio.
With the expertise of photographer Cliff Watts, Halle Berry recreates this look beautifully with a similar smug expression, open legs and open blazer revealing nothing but a bra underneath and ... of course, wearing a blue tie hanging low. Comparing the two photos side by side, I definitely see the brilliance of this recreated cover.
This cover is especially an honorable one because Halle Berry was named the “Sexiest Woman Alive” in this November 2008 issue of Esquire, a title that was held previously by Megan Fox. Photographed by Cliff Watts (without using the trickery of a zoom lense) Halle Berry recreates the Bill Clinton Esquire cover in celebration of the magazine’s 75th anniversary.