Vera Anderson May 18, 2012 12:00 PM
Charlize Theron: The statuesque stunner from South Africa started modeling in Milan at 16. She later moved to New York to train as a ballerina, but a knee injury forced her to quit dancing and nudged her toward acting. Since then, she's shown a fearlessness in her choices and an eagerness to play parts that are less than beautiful on the outside (her Oscar-winning performance as a frumpy serial killer in "Monster") as well as on the inside (her blistering portrayal of a delusional former prom queen in "Young Adult"). In recent years, she's been watching others walk the runway at Fashion Week shows including Rag & Bone and she's been the face of Christian Dior's J'adore perfume.