OSCAR-winning actress Angelina Jolie has been named the Sexiest Woman Alive by the American edition of men's magazine ESQUIRE.

The Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow beauty landed seven per cent of the votes by the glossy's editors and readers.

Fellow ACADEMY AWARD winner Halle Berry was a close second with six per cent, followed by newlywed pop babe Britney Spears at number three.

In an interview with the publication, Jolie admits her image is "kind of wild or bad or weird or crazy. The tattoos, the blood, cutting myself - it's all very much who I am.

"If you knew me privately, you might think I was even wilder than my reputation. But I'm also much softer. I'm a soft woman. Softer than people think."

Other celeb beauties in the top ten include Jessica Simpson, Beyonce KNOWLES, Charlize Theron and Jennifer Aniston.

18/10/2004 14:21