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Charlize Theron States She's 'Fat,' Sparks Controversy (Photo)

After attending an HIV/AIDS fundraiser to collect an award for her work in Africa, Charlize Theron captured international attention -- but unfortunately, not for her humanitarian work.

“Yes, I am very fat right now,” 41-year-old Theron said to Chelsea Handler after she commented on her outfit, which showed the weight she's gained for a movie, E! reports.

The actress gained 30 pounds for the upcoming comedy “Tully."

"Jobs with real gravitas go to people that are physically right for them and that’s the end of the story," Theron once explained, GQ reports. "How many roles are out there for the gorgeous, f***ing, gown-wearing eight-foot model? When meaty roles come through, I’ve been in the room and pretty people get turned away first.”

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However, some don't think she's fat.

"Does she know the meaning of Fat cause I'd kill for body right now," wrote one user on E! News' Facebook page.

Others, however, are upset that her weight, rather than her award, is attracting as much attention as it is.

At the fundraiser, Theron received this year's Inspiration Award for her work in fighting HIV/AIDS with the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project.

After receiving the award, Theron continued to raise awareness of the plight of the "unseen" struggling with the disease, like sex workers, the poor, young people, women, gay and transgender people.

"It's tough to admit that as much progress as we've made, sometimes it feels like we're failing the ones that need us the most," she said.

"We need big and bold investments in outreach," Theron later continued. "We need big bold ideas to fight poverty [and] end discrimination in hard to reach places."

"We need big bold messages to fight apathy in our governments and in our own communities," she added. "And if we're going to end stigma, we're going to have to check our own biases and ask who are we missing when we talk about end AIDS?"

Despite all the work she's doing, however, some feel Theron's weight garnered a disproportionate amount of attention -- an issue that some argue is all too common.

"This emphasis on female appearance, during a night that’s supposed to be about achievement, further separates women from men in the industry [and] devalues them as artists," Jennifer Siebel Newsom once said during the Emmys season, reports The Daily Beast.

Newsom urges the media to ask female celebrities more substantial questions during award ceremonies as well as on the red carpet, creating the #AskHerMore campaign to encourage this.

Sources: E!, GQ, E! News/Facebook,The Daily Beast / Photo credit: World Economic Forum/Flickr​, E!

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