Screen siren Charlize Theron shares her beauty secrets.
Charlize Theron didn’t win an Academy Award for it, but her saucy performance in the 2007 J’Adore commercial — in which she sashays through a posh Parisian flat doing a chic striptease — has become iconic. “I am a big fan of [director] Jean-Baptiste Mondino,” says the Oscar-winning actress. “Nudity was only one aspect of the commercial. It was about a woman who lives a luxuriously glamorous life yet strips off her layers to reveal her true self. John [Galliano] and Jean-Baptiste’s idea was to say that true luxury is being able to simplify yourself with an extraordinary fragrance.”
Simplicity is something that the South African-born Theron says she strives for in her own life. The star of such films as North Country, Monster, The Cider House Rules and Hancock leaves her red-carpet styling to the experts and keeps her fitness routine (long walks on the beach with her dog) to a minimum. The former top model is also diplomatic when it comes to offering her opinion on plastic surgery. “I prefer not to judge,” she says. “I’m only 34 years old, so I don’t know how I might feel about it when I hit 54. We all want to age gracefully. My God, women are under so much pressure! With such demands for perfection and an eternal obsession with youth, I’m not surprised that we all become part of this beauty race that seems to be getting crazier.”
As for her beauty secret, Theron says it’s simple: “When you live a good life and have good thoughts, it shows.” True, but a little product always helps! ELLE asked Theron to reveal some beauty tips and tricks.
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