Charlize Theron rocks the November 2023 issue of Town & Country with poised elegance. Captured by Sebastian Kim, she presents a striking figure in a Dior shirt and jewelry, accented by an Intimissimi bra and Nili Lotan pants, complemented by a Repossi ring on her finger.
Mary-Kate Boylan’s styling acumen is on display as she pairs Theron with luxe pieces by Fendi, Loro Piana and Alaïa, showing a blend of sophistication and edge. Anh Co Tran crafts her hair into a chic, effortless style, while Kate Lee’s make-up artistry enhances Theron’s natural allure. Miho Okawara’s nail artistry adds the final touch of finesse, with the entire shoot orchestrated by the skilled team at Area1202.
Charlize Theron, the South African-born, Oscar-winning actress, has long been an advocate for health and human rights issues in her homeland. Despite her success in Hollywood, Theron’s heart is firmly rooted in South Africa, a place she describes as “really, really special.” Her experiences growing up during the AIDS epidemic left an indelible mark and shaped her into a proactive advocate for her country.
In 2007, Theron founded the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP), which initially partnered with Oprah’s Angel Network to provide mobile health clinics and HIV prevention programs. But Theron quickly realized that a broader approach was needed to address the complex factors driving the AIDS pandemic. “It’s a pretty big mountain to stare at, and the shadows are pretty dark,” she admits. But she believes in the power of partnership and local knowledge to effect change.
Today, CTAOP supports 33 community-based organizations across southern Africa, focusing on health, education, vaccine equity, and gender-based violence. Despite a small team, the impact is significant, with initiatives such as the KZN Network on Violence Against Women and HIVSA making strides towards an HIV-free generation.
Theron’s commitment goes beyond CTAOP. She has been a United Nations Messenger of Peace since 2008, raising awareness of issues such as gender-based violence. Her personal experiences, including a harrowing incident of domestic violence in her youth, fuel her advocacy, though she insists her activism is driven by broader societal issues rather than personal trauma alone.
The challenges are many, from combating misinformation to addressing climate change, but Theron and her team remain committed to their mission. Their goal is to bring global attention and funding to their cause, with support from partners such as Dior and Breitling.
Despite her high-profile support and the respect she commands, Theron is keen to shift the focus from her celebrity to the collective effort: “This truly is something that we’ve all built together.” Her humility and dedication underscore the collaborative spirit that drives CTAOP’s ongoing fight against some of the most pressing issues in South Africa and beyond.