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Women We Love

  1. 1. PPS is based on short interviews found in The Esquire Magazine. Advance on mouse click
  2. 2. "Why do you dress so provocatively?" I ask. She says she doesn't dress provocatively. "But look what you're wearing right now," I say, while looking at three inches of her inner thigh, her entire abdomen, and enough cleavage to choke a musk ox. "This is just a skirt and a top," she responds. It is not that Britney Spears denies that she is a sexual icon, or that she disputes that American men are fascinated with the concept of the wet-hot virgin, or that she feels her success says nothing about what our society fantasizes about. She doesn't disagree with any of that stuff, because she swears she has never even thought about it. Not even once. Part of an interview By Chuck Klosterman for Esquire Photographer : James White Britney Spears
  3. 3. The graceful arrangement of her hands, here. The delicacy, the gentleness with which her fingertips graze her skin. Bellucci might submit that that, even just that, is the expression of a feeling, a mood. If you will: acting. "All my feelings, they come from my body," she says. "So my body is so important to me; my face, my arms, my legs, my hands, my eyes, everything. I use everything I have." By the way, she's the one who did it. The caviar, I mean. She rubbed herself with a bit of glycerin so as to become sticky, and she applied the caviar to her body herself, standing up, using her hands. Part of an interview by Ted Allen for Esquire Photographer : Fabrizio Ferri Monica Bellucci
  4. 4. Funny, she looked exactly like I suspected. I mean exactly. She was small; all movie stars are small. Her skin: flawless. Her hands: fine spun, delicate, untroublesome to her as she talked. Eyes: clear as a glass of water, eyelashes ticked with mascara. I knew that face. It was the face that says, I got forty-five minutes for you, no more. “ I've lived a charmed life. I've never been without. And whatever mistakes I made, well, shit, everybody has to learn from the past. You live it or you leave it. I'm not sad. I know what I am. But you don't. I'm monumentally happy, if you want to know the truth." Part of a story by Halle Berry & thoughts by Tom Chiarella Photographer : Cliff Watts Halle Berry
  5. 5. CLOSE ON CHARLIZE's face. Her eyes hold the gaze of the camera directly, disarmingly. When she was younger, she looked like she knew she was hot. Now she looks like a person who knows exactly what's going on -- everything sorted and rich in the possibility of desire, everything painful and cheap, cruel and unspoken in the world around her -- and it does not scare her. CLOSE ON CHARLIZE's mouth, her lips bent in her particular smile, sexy and knowing, a little bit leering, just sweet enough that you feel wont to assume some connection, some secret between you. This is the big trick of sexiness. The big lie. But it's no trick at all for her. Part of an interview by Tom Chiarella Photographer : Sheryl Nields Charlize Theron
  6. 6. ESQ: Women like diamonds, huh? Karolina Kurkova: They're a girl's best friend, aren't they? We can wear them everywhere, all the time. ESQ: You're wearing these diamonds with nothing else. Is that a good way to wear them? KK: It's great. Who wouldn't like that? Would you like that if I were sitting in front of you, just wearing these necklaces? ESQ: Is that even a question? ESQ: Do you prefer boy shorts and hip huggers to panties? Adriana Lima: Definitely. It's like you have nothing on. I use them for traveling -- ESQ: Just boy shorts? AL: You think they'd allow me on a plane with only boy shorts? ESQ: I don't know, maybe. AL: I think so, right? You're very creative. ESQ: Any other benefits to wearing them? AL: They're good if you want to cover up a little bit and still be very sensual. And you can wear tight clothes, which is nice.
  7. 7. ESQ: So those are some white cotton panties. Selita Ebanks: Me and the classic white panty, we go way back. Back in the day, maybe they had Barbie on the butt or a Cabbage Patch Kid on the front. And I used to think that was pretty hot. I would run around the house with just those on. ESQ: And now? SE: I still do. Every woman tells you she only has a thong in her drawer, but it's not true. We all love our classic white panties. Not every woman wants to show off her butt cheeks. And it's cotton. We love cotton. ESQ: It's the fabric of our lives. You don't see anyone wearing classic Dacron panties. SE: I don't even know what that is. ESQ: What's the first word that comes to mind when I mention black stockings? Izabel Goulart: Sexy. ESQ: How would I know what size to buy for a woman? IG: Go through her drawers and look for her size. Or go to a store and somebody can help you. ESQ: Or I could wait until she falls asleep and put a tape measure around her thigh. IG: Well, I'm sure if she woke up in the middle of that, she would be really excited. ESQ: Is black the best color for bras? Adriana Lima: I consider black bras elegant and feminine, because they go with anything, anytime. ESQ: Even if people can't see it? AL: Well, some people, if they are lucky, will see it. It's important what you wear under your clothes, because it helps you feel confident. ESQ: And comfortable? AL: It's almost like you don't have anything on. And it gives you extra cleavage, so it's really, you know [pushes together her breasts] . . . Don't you think? A woman always wants to feel sensual. A woman always wants to feel elegant. ESQ: Is there ever a wrong time to give a woman a black bra? AL: Never. ESQ: What about on your mother-in-law's birthday? AL: Right now, I don't have a mother-in-law. ESQ: What should I look for when giving a black bra as a gift? AL: The right size. And a push-up. A woman always loves to have a push-up. ESQ: Men, too. AL: Everybody loves a push-up .
  8. 8. ESQ: What's the appeal of push-up bras? For you, I mean. I understand the appeal for me. Karolina Kurkova: They're so sensual. The little bits of lace give you a little bit of femininity without being too provocative, and they give you great cleavage. ESQ: Do they make good gifts? KK: Absolutely. I mean, it depends on who's getting it for you. If it's my new lover or boyfriend or husband, of course I would like to get a beautiful bra like this. It's better than getting me, you know -- ESQ: Fishing tackle? KK: Kinky stuff. ESQ: Oh. What does it do, exactly? KK: You don't know? It brings them closer together and gives you the perfect décolletage underneath your dress. ESQ: Is it easy to take off? KK: Very easy. Just open the button. I don't know what it is about you guys and bras. Just practice. ESQ: What's your favorite thing about tank tops? Izabel Goulart: They're so casual and simple that you can wear them with jeans. But you can also make them sexy and wear them as sleepwear with little boy shorts or cute underwear. ESQ: You're wearing a black one here. Is that your favorite color for tank tops? IG: I always like white tank tops. Nothing can go wrong. ESQ: Except for stains. IG: What? ESQ: White would be easier to stain. IG: As you want. My taste would be the white one. ESQ: So does it bug you if you can see your bra through the tank top? IG: I like it. My style, I like to show the color of the bra against the tank top. Just play with it. ESQ: What about no bra? Is that okay? IG: That's okay, too. Lots of people do. A tank top can never go wrong. ESQ: Even on a man? They make tank tops for men. IG: No. I believe a man looks better in a tank top. ESQ: I'd have to disagree. IG: Oh. Thank you.