Speaking with Women’s Wear Daily, the 39-year-old actress says she finds it baffling that the world, especially the fashion industry, revolves around the younger generation while overlooking the older demographic altogether.
“It’s ironic that we’ve built the beauty world around 20-year-olds, when they have no fuckin’ 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,” she tells the publication. “And 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 continues “And men are like fine wines — the older they get, the better they get. 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.”
According to Theron, it has taken her years to become self-aware of herself and of the problems all around the world.
“I really love having an awareness,” she says. “I was raised in a country [South Africa] with a lot of political turmoil. I was part of a culture and a generation that suppressed people and lived under apartheid regimes … I can’t live in a bubble and expect to come and work with Dior or go work on a movie and not have some kind of an evolution within myself and my own thought process and a passion about things or what’s happening in the world.”
The actress also explains that her upbringing helped open her eyes to the less fortunate and inspired her to give back to those in need — even if those “in need” are friends who don’t get designer clothing delivered to their homes.
“I’m incredibly lucky, people are very generous and sending me stuff. 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 [somewhat],” she says. “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.”
“I know what I’m capable of wearing in one lifetime and what I really need. So my girlfriends have it really good.”