Charlize Theron is 'still recovering' from this beauty trend - and honestly, we relate

Even Charlize Theron has beauty regrets thanks to this trend that was oh-so popular in the 90s

Charlize Theron is 'still recovering' from this 90s trend
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Charlize Theron has been one of Hollywood’s leading ladies for nearly three decades now, and is hailed as one of the great beauties of the industry.

But even the Mad Max star has her beauty regrets that make her cringe when she looks back.

And there’s one trend in particular that she claims to still be getting over, nearly thirty years later: the thin eyebrows of the 90s.

Charlize Theron rocked the popular thin eyebrow trend the night she picked up an Oscar in 2004

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The skinny eyebrow trend started to make signs of reappearing – especially when Kate Middleton seemingly got on board earlier this month.

But Oscar winning Charlize isn’t going to hop back on that trend. In an interview with InStyle, the Bombshell star revealed it was the one look she doesn’t think back on with fondness.

When asked any beauty regrets, she was quick to answer, “Hands down, the thin eyebrows in the ‘90s. I’m still recovering from that.”

Charlize, of course, wasn’t alone. Thin brows were ubiquitous, with stars including Pamela Anderson famously plucking her brows into near oblivion.

Pamela Anderson, like Charlize, was a huge posterchild for the thin eyebrow trend

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As 90s fashion and beauty looks started to creep back into fashion over the past few years, some stars also started experimenting with different brow looks.

Kendall Jenner, for example, rocked a totally bleached brow at the 2022 Met Gala – another throwback to one of Charlize’s classic looks, when she sported extremely thin and lightened brows at the 2004 Academy Awards.

Kendall Jenner took a cue from Charlize Theron when she debuted bleached brows at the Met Gala

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While she might look back with regret at some of her past brow decision, Charlize is mostly comfortable within herself now, giving an inspiring interview about her changing face to Allure recently.

“My face is changing, and I love that my face is changing and aging,” she said. “But people think I had a facelift. They’re like, ‘What did she do to her face?’ I’m like, ‘B****, I’m just aging! It doesn’t mean I got bad plastic surgery. This is just what happens.’”

She’s made peace with aging, but she isn’t cool with one thing that comes with it – the double standards for women.

“I’ve always had issues with the fact that men kind of age like fine wines and women like cut flowers,” she says. “I despise that concept and I want to fight against it, but I also think women want to age in a way that feels right to them. I think we need to be a little bit more empathetic to how we all go through our journey. My journey of having to see my face on a billboard is quite funny now.”

Charlize Theron is proud of her 'changing face' in 2023

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However, even as the world gets a tad more body positive and less critical, Charlize shares that it can be hard to contend with certain factors of getting older.

“I will never, ever do a movie again and say, ‘Yeah, I’ll gain 40 pounds.’ I will never do it again because you can’t take it off,” she says. “When I was 27, I did Monster. I lost 30 pounds, like, overnight. I missed three meals and I was back to my normal weight."

"Then I did it at 43 for Tully, and I remember a year into trying to lose the weight, I called my doctor and I said, ‘I think I’m dying because I cannot lose this weight.’ And he was like, ‘You’re over 40. Calm down. Your metabolism is not what it was.’ Nobody wants to hear that.”

Jack Slater
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