Since 2004, she has embodied the J'adore woman - sensual, strong and feminine. Charlize Theron continues her special relationship with the fragrance, giving her voice to the English-language version of the short film "Le Parfum" which you saw on your DiorMag.
All it took was a film, a single film, for her to become one of the most influential actresses in Hollywood. In 2004, "Monster", by Patty Jenkins, hit screens and revealed to the world a young actress of formidable, intense and true talent. The young actress was Charlize Theron. Playing a criminal on the lam, she is both utterly unrecognizable and exceptional: the role brought her the Oscar for Best Actress. It's an irony of sorts that a film with a title that happens to be the polar opposite of her sculptural beauty should be the one that showers her with awards and recognition, for Charlize is light and beauty personified, a dignified creature who looks like she stepped out of the golden age of Hollywood. She has the sensuality of a Marilyn Monroe, the strength of a Marlene Dietrich, and the gentleness of a Grace Kelly. The house of Dior showed good foresight in offering her, the same year she won her Oscar, the best role of her nascent career - that of the J'adore woman. Since 2004, Charlize Theron has loaned her blonde good looks and her ultra femininity to this most precious of perfumes. "When I play the J'adore woman I approach it like a modern young woman, caught up in the maelstrom of active life but also yearning for glamour. The J'adore character has nothing to hide, so she can be quite open, she is strong but hovering on the edge of vulnerability, powerful and sensual at the same time," she says.
This J'adore woman has been brought to life by the South African actress for some of the worlds greatest photographers and directors. Evanescent in gold silk before Nick Knight's lens in 2004, for Jean-Baptise Mondino, in 2006, she stripped off with assured daring, until she was wearing nothing against her skin save for a few drops of J'adore. Debuting in 2011, French director Jean Jacques Annaud was responsible for the fragrance's new advertising opus, with a ninety-second short revealing the essence of the Dior aesthetic, and reaffirming Monsieur Dior's love of mixing fashion and fragrance. Shot amid the glowing gilt of the Château de Versailles' famed Galerie des Glaces, the film revolves around an haute couture fashion show at which Charlize Theron meets Marylin Monroe, Grace Kelly and Marlene Dietrich, all celebrated beauty icons she resembles, and who also played their own parts in the house's success. For Charlize Theron, "embodying the J'adore woman is a unique experience and has been a wonderful journey" . It's a voyage between Dior's past and present, each era telling the same story - the story of a woman.