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Charlize Theron in W: See the Actress’s Most Badass Photos Through the Years


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Photo by Mario Sorrenti, styled by Edward Enninful.

Charlize Theron has never been the complacent type. From her fierce on-screen roles in films like Monster, Mad Max: Fury Road, and, most recently, The Fate of the Furious to her work with the United Nations and her own foundation, the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, the actress is one to get in on the action. It’s a trait that has translated into her many appearances in the pages of W, where she is transformed into a strong siren or glamorous rebel—all with that same fierce edge. Charlize Theron made her first cover appearance in June 2008, when she was photographed by Craig McDean. From there, she was captured by some of photography’s biggest names, including Mario Sorrenti, Mert and Marcus, and Peter Lindbergh. This month, the actress posed for the lens of Alasdair McLellan ahead of her latest butt-kicking film Atomic Blonde. Here, a look at some of Theron’s most bad-ass moments in the pages of W.

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Charlize Theron made her first cover appearance for W in June 2008, when she was photographed by Craig McDean.

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Charlize Theron made her first cover appearance for W in June 2008, when she was photographed by Craig McDean.

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Charlize Theron made her first cover appearance for W in June 2008, when she was photographed by Craig McDean.

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Theron graced the cover again when she was photographed by Mario Sorrenti for W’s February 2012 issue.

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Photo by Mario Sorrenti, styled by Edward Enninful.
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Theron graced the cover again when she was photographed by Mario Sorrenti for W’s February 2012 issue.

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Theron completed the hat trick when Mario Sorrenti photographed her for her third W cover in August 2012, appearing alongside Michael Fassbender.

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Theron completed the hat trick when Mario Sorrenti photographed her for her third W cover in August 2012, appearing alongside Michael Fassbender.

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Theron completed the hat trick when Mario Sorrenti photographed her for her third W cover in August 2012, appearing alongside Michael Fassbender.

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Theron completed the hat trick when Mario Sorrenti photographed her for her third W cover in August 2012, appearing alongside Michael Fassbender.

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In February 2016, she was photographed by Peter Lindbergh, as part of W’s Best Performances Issue.

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In February 2016, she was photographed by Peter Lindberg, as part of W’s Best Performances issue.

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Theron graces the August 2017 cover, photographed by Alasdair McLellan.

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Theron graces the August 2017 cover, photographed by Alasdair McLellan.

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Theron graces the August 2017 cover, photographed by Alasdair McLellan.