Gold is Cold, Diamonds are Dead: Charlize Theron’s Relentless Search for Authenticity

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In 2004, the same year that she won an Oscar for Monster, Charlize Theron achieved perhaps her greatest fame with the Dior television ad for J’Adore. A decade later, George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road was instantly canonized as one of the best action films ever made and Theron’s anti-glamorous Imperator Furiosa became a feminist icon, but the J’Adore woman had already blazed the trail. Stalking down a Parisian corridor in a gorgeous evening gown, she took off her jewelry and her dress with determination, staring defiantly into the camera. The message: Diamonds are no best friend to a girl who wants to “feel what’s real.“ And it’s no surprise that throughout her career, Theron has worked to reach and reveal the authentic and independent woman beneath her top-model appearance.