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Tika Sumpter has caught the eye of men’s magazine Esquire who asked her to pose for their “Me and My Place” shoot. The 28-year-old actress (currently of “Gossip Girl” and “One Life To Live” fame and soon to appear in Captain America) talks her apartment, body image, and lingerie.

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On being sexy:

When you’re comfortable in your skin and you’re comfortable in what you’re wearing, sexiness just — it oozes out.

On her favorite lingerie:

I love any kind of boy shorts. They make every girl’s legs look amazing and their butts look great. I walk around my house like that anyway — kind of like nothing. If I could walk around like that everyday outside, I would.

On sexier lingerie:

I mean, I do have sexy stuff. But I’ve tried that for somebody else, and I was like, “What am I doing?” You put on the black lace thigh-highs and the little tiny stuff that connects with other things and you’re like, “How does this even go? How do I put this on?” So you wear the heels and you walk in the room. You’re trying to be all sexy, but you’re so uncomfortable. And then you pop him in the face with it. It’s a mess.

On her apartment:

I live by myself. I come in the door, I can throw my stuff on the floor. I can leave the dishes. I can have wine. Nobody is telling me to turn down the TV or, Okay, let’s go to bed. I just do what I want, when I want, and I love that. It’s like my own kingdom, you know? But I’m weird. I love to clean my apartment, like, all the time.

On her decorations:

The racing helmet? It’s on my book shelf. To let everybody know that I’m a bit of a crazy girl. I’ll try anything once. It’s always good to see peoples’ faces surprised — surprised that I race, or that I surf, that I trekked through the Himalayas. As long as I don’t die, I’m good.

Who knew she had such a sick body?! Props.

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