Princess Charlene's Marie Claire Cover Is A Pleasant Surprise (PHOTOS)

First a Vogue cover, then a tell-all interview in The Times and now a Marie Claire feature? We could get used to this.

We're talking, of course, about Princess Charlene of Monaco, the reserved, statuesque former Olympic swimmer who's married to Prince Albert II. But she doesn't seem to have fashion or royal gossip on the brain in her interview for the August issue of Marie Claire South Africa -- the special issue is meant to promote the "Get the Girls to Gold" program, which will fund eight young swimmers in hopes of them qualifying for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics.

This comes as no surprise, since Charlene has spent a good deal of time doing charity work with the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation. She's even jumped in the pool herself to help teach girls how to swim. Speaking to Marie Claire, the 35-year-old explains just why she enjoys helping out in her native South Africa:

"My foundation is based on helping children, and I hand-pick projects that are close to my heart and home. I still come home and do my bit. I believe that it's what we do –- our actions -– that should make a difference. We need to instill the values that are important for future generations, and above all we have to show boys how to respect women."

For the issue, Marie Claire has released two covers, one with Charlene alone and one with Charlene standing alongside fellow Olympians Ryk Neethling and Chad le Clos. With those kohl-rimmed eyes, that architectural white dress and her signature cropped cut on both covers, we're sure neither will stay on the shelves too long.

So will Charlene keep gracing us with her presence? Check out both Marie Claire South Africa covers below and tell us what you think!


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