Charlize Theron's Pre-Oscars Preparation: "Start With the Heart" at TOMS Shoes

Charlize Theron
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How is Charlize Theron getting ready to present at Sunday’s Academy Awards? “This is how I'm getting ready, start with the heart,” the actress told during a private dinner at the recently-opened TOMS flagship store in Venice. During the height of Oscars weekend, together with TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie, the pair celebrated the launch of the third collaboration between the charitable shoe brand (for each pair bought, one is given to a child in need) and the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP), which focuses on keeping African youth safe from HIV/AIDS. “Blake, I’m not ever going to get married, but this is the closest I’m going to get to a marriage that actually works,” Theron joked. “Your team and your long-term commitment to us has been so amazing.” And their collaboration expanded: For the third go-around of the limited-edition footwear (in stores and next month), they created another women’s shoe, and a matching child pair, too—a natural evolution given that Theron’s son Jackson, loves to wear TOMS and the recently-married Mycoskie is planning to expand his family soon. “I think I have every style of TOMS that my son is wearing, yes, and he has these,” she said of the new style, which features the sun-inspired white and yellow CTAOP logo and the organization’s motto, Reach Out, Think Beyond, and Look Within scrawled inside. Theron credits her team for the design; for her, it's all about the heart of the issue: “There is nothing that moves me as much as having these crates of shoes show up at schools in the middle of nowhere,” Theron said. “I invite anyone to come and try not to be emotional about it. It really is incredible.”

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