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Charlize Theron: I'm Just Coming Into My Sensuality

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Charlize Theron has a lot going on in her life right now: She’s settled into a romance with Sean Penn (with engagement rumors swirling), she’s got a huge blockbuster movie (
Mad Max: Fury Road
) coming out next year and she’s happy as a mom to Jackson, 2. And, of course, she gets access to some incredibly glamorous clothing as the face of Dior (and her latest fragrance ad is launching next week — no more air-kissing Marilyn Monroe on the astral plane, for those of you tired of that commercial!). She touches on beauty standards, feeling gorgeous at 39 and what she does with all that incredibly glamorous clothing in an interview with WWD.

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Theron has worn some stunning Dior pieces on red carpets, and she says she appreciates how lucky she’s been, while still feeling uncomfortable with the excess. “[Mine] is a really nice closet … I’m incredibly lucky, people are very generous and sending me stuff,” she says. “I never take that for granted, but I’m always very aware that I’m one person and I can’t wear everything. The idea of stuff just hanging in my closet and not being used — there’s a little bit of the African in me that gets bothered by that.”

She addresses her discomfort by passing on the good fortune to her friends. “My whole concept in life is if you’re not using it, you should give it to somebody else so they can use it. And so my girlfriends are really happy about my theory on that … We’ve called it “Narnia;” It’s like the closet that just keeps giving!” she says. “I’m so fortunate … But at the same time, I know what I’m capable of wearing in one lifetime and what I really need. So my girlfriends have it really good!”

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Another area in which she feels fortunate: Her 10-year partnership with Dior, which she says has supported her no matter how she’s had to look for her other job, acting. “There are very, very few brands that will be brave enough to really, completely take a step back and not to try and control what is considered beautiful,” she tells WWD. “There’s never been a moment — I have maybe gained weight or shaved my hair off or done something for a film — [that we couldn’t] integrate [that] into what we were doing here. There’s always been a celebration of what is that moment, whoever I am at that moment in my life. [It] is a very real way of looking at beauty.”

Theron herself has a strong perspective on beauty with her 40s around the corner. “I think that women find their strength and power in their sexuality, in their sensuality … getting older and being secure within that,” she says. “It’s ironic that we’ve built the beauty world around 20-year-olds, when they have no f–kin’ concept about wisdom, what life is about, having a few relationships below [their] belt and feeling hardships, to grow into [their] skin and feel confident within [themselves] and to feel the value of who [they] are, not because of a man or because of something like that. I think that’s such a beautiful thing. And that’s why I think people say women come into their prime in their 40s.” She seems to be example no. 1!

Read the whole interview here, then tell us: Do you agree with her take? Do you love that she calls her closet “Narnia?”

–Alex Apatoff

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