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Charlize Theron on Raising 'Proud, Black African Girls'

Monica Otayza
May 06, 2019
11:22 A.M.

Charlize Theron is doing a fantastic job raising her two daughters, but she is now making it clear that it is not enough for her to raise them well, but to raise them as proud Black African girls.

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Charlize Theron has been out and about promoting her latest film "Long Shot," and as usual, some of the interview questions were about her two children.

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According to the actress, she tries not to push her own cultural heritage onto her girls, 7-year-old Jackson, and 3-year-old August.

“I am raising two beautiful proud Black African girls and I want them to find themselves and not necessarily push my ancestry on them.”

Charlize then revealed that she's been teaching the two of them Afrikaans songs about politeness, as they need to learn about these values as they grow up.

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Charlize's transgender child

Just a couple of weeks ago, Charlize revealed that she is raising her adopted son, Jackson, as a girl. She says that Jackson himself was the one who chose to be identified as a girl, and Charlize respects that.

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At first, Theron remained silent about Jackson being spotted out in skirts, dresses, and long braided hair. Now, she is no longer afraid to let everyone know that she is, indeed, raising two daughters now.

In an interview, she said:

"I thought she was a boy, too, until she looked at me when she was three years old and said 'I am not a boy!'"

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The "Long Shot" actress even shared that Jackson is as much a girl as his sister, August, whom she adopted in 2015.

“So there you go! I have two beautiful daughters who, just like any parent, I want to protect and I want to see thrive. They were born who they are and exactly where in the world both of them get to find themselves as they grow up, and who they want to be, is not for me to decide.”

Way to go, Charlize!

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