Charlize Theron was recently interviewed by Women’s Wear Daily, where she bashed the beauty industry’s preference for women in their twenties.
Theron thinks women come into their prime in their forties – after learning from life’s challenges that would have made them wiser and much more beautiful in and out.
“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. And I think that’s such a beautiful thing,” she continued.
“I can say this now, since I’m almost 40 and I’ve worked with a lot of design houses and a lot of people within that world. 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,” said Theron, who has been the face of the J’Adore Dior fragrance for a decade. It is believed she is planning to tie the knot with boyfriend actor Sean Penn next year.
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The 39-year-old South African native added that these reasons are why she feels women really come into their own later in life.
“And that’s why I think people say women come into their prime in their forties. And then for some reason our society just wants to go… It’s such a misconception, and it’s such a lost opportunity because that’s when I think women are really in the true moment of their sensuality…”
On being a mother to two-year-old son Jackson, the actress says she wants to be an example of someone who has truly lived life. “I want him to grow up with a mom that he could see and look at her life with all the mistakes and with all the failures and all the flaws and say, ‘My mom lived an authentic life. That was the life she wanted to live.’”