Charlize Theron grew up in South Africa and got her break in modeling by winning a Johannesburg modeling contest. This earned her a trip to Milan where she won the International New Model Today competition. This launched her modeling career.
She left modeling after a short time to pursue a career in dance, which ended when she suffered a series of knee injuries. Fortunately for her she found acting. The rest, as they say, is history. Theron is best known for her films Monster, North Country, and Mad Max: Thunder Road.