“Throughout the many years I’ve been working with the house of Dior, I’ve had the opportunity to meet many extraordinary and engaged women. They are all driven by the same unique spirit. All chin up women, powerful, and impactful, proud of who they are, proud of what they’ve accomplished.”
So says the house’s veteran muse, Charlize Theron, staring into the camera against a jet black backdrop to help launch a new initiative on behalf of the legendary house, Dior Stands With Women. Theron has certainly accomplished a lot, too, not only in her career with a multitude of awards and blockbuster franchises but in philanthropy and giving voice and opportunity to those who need both, including women.
It’s in that spirit that Theron goes on in the clip to explain that the initiative and its charity partner — her Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project — are both so close to her heart.
“I’m very pleased to celebrate this feminine pride by bringing together some exceptional, inspiring women. Passionate, committed, chin up no matter what, they have all strived to have an impact on the world and have used their voices to inspire other women,” she continues of Dior Stands With Women that benefits CTAOP’s youth leadership scholarship foundation.
The series finds Cara Delevingne, Oscar nominee Yalitza Aparicio, model Paloma Elsesser, actress Li Bingbing, actress Golshifteh Farahani, performer Parris Goebel, Dior Perfumes partner producer Carole Biancalana, performer Leyna Bloom, pediatric doctor Marina Cavazzana, and photographer Pamela Tulizo sharing personal stories, perspectives and knowledge meant to inspire others to take the baton and make an impact.
One of those women, Delevingne, says it’s “definitely been a journey” in finding her place, but she knew very early on that she was “very curious” and intent on creating her own path rather than following the herd.
“The thing that I want to continue to work on is being able to give voices to people that don’t necessarily have one or don’t have the opportunity to have one,” she says. “To really fully understand what strength is, is to really look at women and see that strength isn’t to do with the physical or to do with being brave. It’s to be vulnerable, to be honest and to cry, say I’m not okay. that’s what real strength is.” And keeping the chin up.
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