Cover Girl: Charlize Theron for Vogue UK

Posted on April 05, 2012

Charlize takes a moment to say, “Excuse me, world. You may have momentarily forgotten that I am fierce as shit.”


Charlize Theron covers the May 2012 issue of Vogue UK in a Versace dress and Jimmy Choo shoes, photographed by Patrick Demarchelier and styled by Lucinda Chambers.

You’re right, Miss C. It won’t happen again.

Versace Spring 2012 Collection


[Photo Credit: Patrick Demarchelier for,]

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  • MoreShoes

    Beautiful dress, amazing legs.

    • TONYA

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  • sarahofalessergod

    She’s one of those rare creatures who wear things better than the models do, be it for a photo shoot or a red carpet sashay.  She looks hot as hell here.

    • carpediva

      Well she was a model, so I think she’s all up in her own wheelhouse here! :-)

  • GorgeousThings

    Gorge! Can’t wait to see her in “Snow White…” and “Prometheus”!

    • AthenaJ

      Same here! My BF and I recently saw the Hunger Games and squealed like we were 15 again when we saw the trailer for Snow White.

    • ccm800

       yes yes! 

  • Whever

    I’ve got a huge girl-crush on her now that all the Snow White and the Huntsman news keep coming out- that entire movie seems to consist of her being fierce as shit. She’s also freaking hilarious, as can be seen in her Funny or Die phone hacking videos.
    The dress is gorgeous, though I do have to sigh resignedly at the putty pumps.

    • TheOriginalLulu

      Yeah, she’s one of my girl-crushes too. I caught her on Inside the Actor’s Studio a while ago and Lipton got her to speak Afrikaans and I sat there thinking, could she possibly BE any sexier??

    • amywinns

      I’ve got a monster every-kind-of crush on her. *siiigh* That woman is everything awesome.

    • Jen Alien-Spouse

      Ms. Theron was a guest judge on “Top Chef : Texas” and the episode she was on was themed around her Wicked Queen character in Snow White, which sounds tacky – But somehow she actually made it an incredibly elegant pole dance for the film and she was terrific! 

      Interestingly she made some great critiques of the food, and was the only celebrity guest I’ve ever seen be at the judging table for the auf.

      • alyce1213

        Completely agree. I LOVED that episode, one of the best ever.  And the dishes were pretty interesting, no? 

        • Jen Alien-Spouse

          You are right there Alyce1213, it’s definitely one of the best episodes of the last few seasons, which is intersting because the celebrity episodes can be so awful. I think it was because Charlize was so damn charming and the challenge was actually interesting for a change – The gory plate that Grayson put out was amazing!

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  • Vivi N

    Charlize can do no wrong in my book.
    Just flat out gorgeous! BAWSE!

  • Sara__B

    Stunningly gorgeous in face and body, but vapid in expression. A pretty photograph, but not fierce in my book.

    • Magatha

       I don’t see “vapid”. For me her expression says “I can kill you with my brain”. Maybe fierce but in a sang-froidy way. I’ll trade you: gelid for vapid. That way we still keep our ids.

  • Rhonda Hanson

    damn, she is beautiful.

  • Rebecca Johnson

    She looks so much better wearing an expensive dress that isn’t covered in seawater.
    I have to say though: “Modern glamour star”? What sort of copy is that? 

  • Patricia Gillett

    Whoa, Charlize totally owned that dress. You almost feel sorry for the model. 

  • marilyn

    Why is she wearing those shoes?  She should either be barefooted, or wearing sandals of some kind.  Those shoes should go with a suit.  Other than that, absolutely perfect.

    • Amy Ellinger

      barefoot would be ideal.  But, since she was a dancer, maybe she has ‘dancer’s feet’ ?

    • foodycatAlicia

      Yes – those shoes are not good at all.

  • Judy_J

    She’s gorgeous, yet not afraid to take on roles which require her to be less than beautiful (think: Monster).  I admire her for that.

    • Lochery

       Or a MR. F! Gotta love her for that.

      • charlotte

        A MRF who used to look like a monster…a brilliant meta-joke that was.

  • mjude

    i have been reminded

  • Alexis Peñafuerte Wenceslao

    Whatever. I’m not convinced of her “style”

  • MilaXX

    Better than the model. WERQ!

    • Ceur

      That’s because Versace destroyed poor Arizona’s hair. The dress itself looks okay, you can’t really see the fit on Charlize when she’s sitting down anyway, hard to compare.

  • Sandisan

    Gawd, I love that fabulous bitch.

  • Carla_Charlton

    After all, she used to be a model.  Agree that the shoes are not right with that dress.  A question:  Do fashion magazines ever have actual models on their covers anymore?

    • RebeccaKW

       I don’t think so, unless they are ridiculously famous models like Gisele.  Something about people only buy magazines if someone they recognize is on the cover.  If they don’t recognize the model, they don’t buy it.  I also think there is some study about which celebrities sell more magazines.  I think it’s Taylor Swift that sells the least, but I could be remembering incorrectly.

      • AthenaJ

        In The September Issue they touched on this… Anna Wintour was a big proponent of putting celebrities on the covers instead of models. She’s a savvy businesswoman and felt that celebrities would sell more… guess she was right, though I do find myself not wanting to buy a magazine when a celebrity that’s on my Irrational Hate list is on the cover (such as Taylor Swift!)

  • granddelusion

    Wow, those shoes look like real bone-crushers.

  • leave_Blake_alone

    Wow, that dress looks so much better without that tacky belt!! And it definitely helps that it’s on Charlize.

  • cluecat

    I can’t quite figure it out but there’s some weird proportions from photoshopping going on there.  

    It’s the placement of her left leg to her left hip – it’s seated too far back and too high for her torso, the fold of the dress in her hip is not humanly possible.   It’s like she’s missing a big chunk of her body.

    ***Grumble – photoshop artists really need to go to art school or at least study anatomy a little bit***

    She looks great, always does!

    • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      Ok, glad it wasn’t just me.  She looks like Tangos…at least i think that was the name of it.  It was like squares and triangles you’d try to make into a bigger shape.  

    • Matt Algren

      Her right forearm is HUGE.

    • Monica Day

      I can’t figure it out either. She looks gorgeous. The dress is gorgeous. But there is definitely something odd with the proportions – the size of her head and feet both look odd in comparison to her body and her left thigh looks like it is from a totally different photograph.  Where did her torso and hip go?

      • Terence Ng

        There’s no way that we SHOULDN’T be able to see her right upper thing in that position given where her hip is (or rather, where it is not). The position of her right leg means that it must follow a certain path, and for that to be true and be visually accurate, her upper thing must be the width of her arm.

        Just awful photoshopping…

  • TonyGo

    This shot sorta makes her look like Meg Ryan (before the face butchery.) Pretty and killa dress.

  • TheOriginalLulu

    She’s just stunning.

  • Terence Ng

    Okay, judging from the proportions of her right forearm to the size of her upper right arm and the shadow there, she’s clearly had her torso Photoshopped a size smaller. Check out the equally unnatural shadow in the window between her torso and arms. Classic PS cover trick to use limbs or obstructions in the foreground to hide corrections in the background with cheated perspective. 

    Such a shame, she already lovely. Vogue just won’t be satisfied…

  • up with pod people

    She’s positively glorious.

  • Funkyjuicebox

    Losing the belt was a smart idea. It takes the dress from “tacky Versace” (sorry Donatella!) to something much chicer. She looks amazing.

  • Laura

    She has gotten hotter with age. Her face has gotten less round. She looks amazing…

  • BrooklynBomber

    I kind of hate the dress on the model; Versace sure can go cheesy when they feel like it. But Charlize looks fabulous. 

  • Ben Smith

    Love huh. Serving up ‘I am better than you in every way’ fierce.

  • Juline

     No complaints about the nude shoes? Did you guys have a seizure?

    • alyce1213

      What shoes?

  • kimmeister

    Will you just look at those lips.  Perfection.

  • gillian holroyd

    You know, there was a time–mid 90s– when I got Charlize Theron mixed up with Ashley Judd.

    Funny how that never happens nowadays.

  • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    Her torso area looks odd.  Still fierce as shit.

  • Jennifer L.


  • Little_Olive

    OMG. Way better than the model. This gal is gorgeous and so appealing, I’d but that magazine (which I normally don’t). 

  • AthenaJ

    Ok, I used to think I’d jump the fence for Angelina, but not anymore. Charlize, you’re the one!

  • TheDivineMissAnn

    That runway is doing the model no favors.  It looks like she has a 5:00 shadow.

    Charlize gives great face.

  • EEKstl

    She just rocks it, pure and simple.  

  • ecallaw

    Hate the shoes. Other than that, this photograph is insane–she looks A-MAY-ZING, and I’ve always thought she was overrated in the beauty department.

  • Chaiaiai

    Bitch is perfection.  And “Young Adult” was amazing. 

  • allisankelly

    She is such a beautiful woman. Fierce as Shit is correct.

  • sleah_in_norcal

    those shoes are truly awful.  please don’t kick me…

  • PeggyOC

    Luv her.  She’s awesome and funny and I’ve told my husband he can run away with her if given the opportunity, as long as I get to watch.

  • slightlybitterkitten

    OK… so I think she looks gorgeous and all… but I keep focusing on her feet.  The camera angle makes them look gigantic!

  • guest2visits

    So beautiful. And I think I’m in love with that color blue; me-thinks it would flatter just about everyone.
    Feels like summer and cool water.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    She is so gorgeous.  I love the Dior commercial she did with all the Dior models of old.  Fierce as hell.

  • kat89

    What did they do to her face? I almost didn’t recognize her.

  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    Well I sure as hell remember now!

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    imagine being so tall.

  • Vera

    Fierce, indeed.

  • Susan Walker

    My husband has a major case for this woman – I may buy Vogue for him…

    • Amy Ennis

      Mine does too. He goes gaga over her the way I do over Joe Manganiello. Yum. 

  • Lisa

    WOW!!!  Fierce doesn’t even begin to cover it!  

  • ccm800

    Nearly unrecognizable. Least fav cover of her ever. 

  • LuisaNL

    She really is amazing.

  • megohd

    Angelina’s leg has nothing on her.

  • bitterk

    She is beautiful

  • Dorothy & Michael n/a

    I love every single detail about that dress.  Charlize looks every bit as amazing as she thinks she does!

  • Highland Fashionista

    Just saw her in Young Adult and she is always fantastic. And sarahofalessergod is right, she does wear things better than models. 

  • Markatha


  • formerlyAnon

    She’s certainly improving that dress.

    It looks straight out of an early ’70s variety special (one of the background singers, each in their own pastel) except that t.v. didn’t allow you to show that much sternum.

  • Shawn EH

    I didn’t forget. Her Top Chef episode was easily the best of the season, and I paid money for Young Adult.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    T Lo must love her.  She has nude shoes and everything.  Yay!

  • TieDye64

    Wow, she looks great. I normally thinks she falls flat in photos, but she’s looking pretty fab here.

  • WordyDoodles

    Hate the shoes but have loved her since always. Like even before Cider House Rules. She is fierce, fabulous and does not give a shit about what people think. LUV HUH.

  • frankystein123

    Gorgeous, though I don’t know about the nude-coloured shoes.