Charlize Theron Blasts Sexist Attitude To Ageing: “We Live In A Society Where Women Wilt”

Charlize Theron has a thing or two to say about ageing [Photo: GQ/Alexi Lubomirski]

Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron has spoken about the unrealistic beauty standards women are expected to adhere to in a candid interview with GQ magazine, highlighting how differently men and women are perceived. 

Explaining that men typically get better opportunities as they age, while women “wilt”, the actress should be applauded for saying what a lot of famous women in a position of power won’t. 

“We live in a society where women wilt and men age like fine wine,” she said. “And, for a long time, women accepted it. We were waiting for society to change, but now we’re taking leadership.”

“It would be a lie to say there is less worry for women as they get older than there is for men… It feels there’s this unrealistic standard of what a woman is supposed to look like when she’s over 40,” she added.

It’s not the first time that the straight-talking actress has broached the subject of sexism [Photo: GQ/Alexi Lubomirski]

The 40-year-old star also aired her thoughts on sexism in Hollywood, echoing numerous other actress’ words about how difficult it is for women to get the roles they want.

“Jobs with real gravitas go to people that are physically right for them and that’s the end of the story,” she said. “How many roles are out there for the gorgeous, f***ing, gown-wearing eight-foot model? When meaty roles come through, I’ve been in the room and pretty people get turned away first.”

It’s not the first time Charlize has broached the subject of gender equality. Last year, it was reported that the actress successfully settled equal pay with her male co-stars in the “Snow White and The Huntsman” follow-up film. 

Her go-getting attitude also translates to the screen: She has a long-standing history of playing strong women in films, such as in “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Monster” and has previously admitted that she’s not one to shy away from tough roles or challenges. 

See the full shoot in the May issue of GQ, on sale Thursday [Photo: GQ/Alexi Lubomirski]

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