Cast member Charlize Theron arrives for the world premiere and screening of the movie 'Atomic Blonde' in Berlin
As South Africa celebrates women throughout the month of August, recognition must also be given to eight phenomenal women flying South Africa's flag high abroad. 

From Oscar wins, to being named one of the sexiest women in the world, below is a list of eight South African women who've made it big in Tinseltown.  

Charlize Theron

Of course, first on the list is well-known South African born actress and movie producer Charlize Theron, who has put the country on the map with her massively successful career abroad. 

Theron, born in Benoni in 1975, was discovered at a young age after an agent witnessed her throwing a tantrum at a bank in Los Angeles. 

Since then she rose through the ranks and has since become well-known for her roles in The Italian Job, Devil's Advocate and Monster, for which she Won an Academy award for her role in the critically acclaimed movie Monster. 
Cast member Charlize Theron arrives for the world premiere and screening of the movie 'Atomic Blonde' in Berlin

Alice Krige
Alice Krige

Another SA woman who's made South Africa proud is actress Alice Krige. The 63-year-old is most well-known for her role in Star Trek: First Contact, for which she won a Saturn Award. 

She was born in Upington to a doctor and clinical psychologist and has two brothers. 

The acclaimed actress has also starred in numerous films, including Chariots of Fire, and theatre productions in Britain. 


Candice Swanepoel
Candice Swanepoel arrives at the 71st Tony Awards in New York City.

Third on the list of SA women thriving in Hollywood is beauty Candice Swanepoel, a model best known for her turn as a Victoria's Secret model. 

Swanepoel was born in Mooi River in KwaZulu-Natal and was discovered at a Durban flea market at the tender age of 15. 

She has since gone on to grace countless magazine covers, including the likes of Vogue and Elle and was named a Victoria's Secret Angel in 2010. 

She's also made it onto FHM's sexiest women in the world numerous times. 

Sasha Pieterse

Another South African making waves overseas is 21-year-old Sasha Pieterse. 

Pieterse, born in Johannesburg, is best known for her role in the hit series Pretty Little Liars. 

While Pieterse was born in SA, she moved to the US at a young age with her parents. She then went on to star in numerous films including Good Luck Chuck and B.F.G in addition to Pretty Little Liars.

Terry Pheto
South African actress Terry Pheto is doing her country proud on the international stage. 
TOP: Actress Nomzamo Mbatha.

What would a list be without including one of SA's best exports Terry Pheto? 

Pheto rose to fame following her performance in the critically-acclaimed movie Tsotsi, which went on to win an Oscar in the Best Foreign Film category. 

Pheto also had a recurring role as Dr. Malaika Maponya in the long-running soapie The Bold and the Beautiful.

She was recently up for three International Achievement Recognition Awards (IARA Awards), making her the most nominated actor this year.

Lesley-Ann Brandt

South African born actress Lesley-Ann Brandt plays a leading role as Maze, a fierce demon in the skin of a beauty, in Fox TVs new supernatural series, Lucifer. Pictures: Julianne Kaye

Another actress worth mentioning on the list is Lesley-Ann Brandt, who's currently causing quite a stir in Hollywood. Born and raised in Cape Town, Brandt became most established after she moved to New Zealand with her family. 

She then went on to star in numerous productions in New Zealand before hitting the jackpot in the USA. She's featured in numerous TV shows, including Chuck and Lucifer and starred in Drift, alongside other notable actors. 

Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Another acclaimed actress with SA roots is English actress Gugu-Mbatha Raw. While technically not South African by birth, Mbatha-Raw has South African ancestry, being the daughter of a Black South African doctor. 

Mbatha-Raw, 35, is well-known for her role in the English movie Belle, Beauty and the Beast as well as Concussion, starring Will Smith. 

Pearl Thusi
Pearl Thusi at NYFW 2017. Picture: instagram

Last, but certainly not least, a South African lady currently hot in Tinseltown these days is actress and TV presenter Pearl Thusi. 

Thusi, well-known for her stint on Metro FM and Real Goboza, made headlines recently when she was unveiled as part of the cast for for the hit-US show, Quantico.

Thusi became a series regular in season two of the show, playing the role of Dayana Mampasi to much acclaim. Thusi also recently starred in local film Kalushi, which chronicled the life of Solomon Mahlangu. 

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