Charlize Theron has said she was frequently told to wear clothing that would make look more “f****ble” in films.
The 47-year-old actress said she was voiceless on set at the beginning of her career and would often be put in outfits that would exploit her sexuality.
She tells Harper's Bazaar magazine in a new chat: "Having some guy make you have a fitting almost in front of them, stuff like that, it's really belittling.
"When I started, there was no conversation around it. It was like, 'This is what you're wearing.'"
The Oscar winner said that there was one film she worked on where the male director made her do "fitting after fitting after fitting".
"It was just so obvious that it was to do with my sexuality and how f***able they could make me in the movie," she said. "And when I started out, that was just kind of the norm."
In one of her earliest films, 1996's 2 Days In The Valley, she famously wore white lingerie.
In her breakthrough role in Taylor Hackford's 1997 horror The Devil's Advocate, in which she starred alongside Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino, she also donned lacy lingerie.
It was only in the mid-2000s when she became one of Hollywood's top actresses that she was able to ditch the sexy image and star in roles where she didn't have to flash the flesh.
In 2004, the star won the Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of real-life serial killer Aileen Wuornos in the hit movie Monster.
In the Harper's interview the actress also explained that she doesn’t feel she has much clout in the industry despite being a household name. "It [my career] just has always been a mediocre ride," she claimed.
"I’ve never been one of those people that’s at a Kim Kardashian level. But I feel like it’s just always been this thing.”
She also revealed it has become increasingly difficult for her to find financing for the movies she wants to make.
"I pitch s*** all day long and people are like, ‘No, thanks.’"