How Activism and Humanitarian Work Saved Angelina Jolie From Her Toughest Times


How Activism and Humanitarian Work Saved Angelina Jolie From Her Toughest Times

Angelina Jolieand vulnerability are two words we rarely see in the same sentence, but if there was ever time the A-lister lost hope personally, her reaction has always been to uplift it in the lives of others.

As the media firestorm surrounding her sudden split from Brad Pitt simmered over the past few months, we’ve seen Angelina return to the public eye with a new mission: Humanitarian work. It’s certainly not the first time we’ve seen the globally recognized celebrity commit tenfold to activism, but there’s a new fervor to Jolie’s efforts that speak to a focus strayed further than ever before from her storied past.

Earlier today, the 41-year-old advocated for the United Nations during an impassioned speech in Geneva, capping off a recent visit to Cambodia with her six children in which she spoke publicly about the divorce for the first time and premiered First They Killed My Father, a scripted drama fusing Angelina’s directorial and philanthropic efforts. She’s also penned an op-ed for The New York Times about refugee policy and gave her first lecture on women’s rights at the London School of Economics. 

Call it a coping mechanism (an extremely benevolent one at that), but we’ve seen Angelina turn to what really moves her in times when others doubted, scrutinized and cast her as one dimensional. 

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By the time Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton made their three-month courtship marriage official in 2000, she’d already garnered quite the bad girl reputation for her eyebrow-raising, if not outlandish, antics. For starters, Angelina kissing her brother James Haven on the lips at the 2000 Academy Awards was enough to box the then-three time Golden Globe winner and one-time Oscar honoree into a bizarre league of her own. 

“I’m in shock—and I am so in love with my brother right now,” she gushed while accepting her Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Girl, Interrupted. “He just held me and said he loved me and I know he’s so happy for me.” (Years later it came to light that the full frontal lip-lock took place on the same day their mother, who passed away in 2007 from cancer, had started treatment for the disease.)

Angelina Jolie, Billy Bob Thornton, Tattoo

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The media’s fascination with Jolie reached an all-time high when the actress and Thornton’s outrageous public displays of affection famously included wearing vials of each other’s blood around their necks. In a 2000 interview with Us Weekly Jolie didn’t hold back from sharing that the couple might even create a padded room “for those moments in the middle of the night when you want to kill each other because you’re so in love.” 

Meanwhile, her interest in the humanitarian crisis piqued while filming Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in Cambodia, which led to numerous field missions around the world up until the U.N. appointed Jolie a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 2001. Three months before splitting from Thornton in 2002, Angelina adopted her son Maddox from Cambodia. 

About this period in her life, Jolie recalled to USA Today“I was just being a young girl who was experimental, bold and a bit nutty. I was absolutely self-destructive. I think a lot of young people in this business lose their way. You don’t know what is of value. You don’t know where you are. And you know something’s wrong, because it isn’t life as it actually is. It’s like living in some warped reality.”

And even when Jolie’s newly polished image suffered over accusations that she broke up Pitt’s marriage to Jennifer Aniston, humanitarian efforts remained a game plan focal point in directing attention to impoverished communities. In her first interview after giving birth to Shiloh in 2006, she revealed why donating the $4.1 million payout from the photos of her daughter was crucial to her mission.

Speaking to Forbes, Jolie described her work as “twofold: I have all that gossip in my life that has gotten so out of control. And my work in Washington and with the U.N. gets people to focus on other things.”

Angelina Jolie

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Somewhere along years of balancing superstardom, raising a family and fighting for change, her marriage began to crumble privately. And looking back, it appears as if she looked to her humanitarian role as an outlet for release. Only a week before news broke that the actress filed for divorce from Brad in September 2016, Jolie made her fourth trip to Jordan refugee camps in hopes of shedding light on the Syrian crisis. 

As Brad returned to the spotlight by way of the red carpet, Angelina’s first appearance following the split was uniquely linked to her passion, as she recorded a video for the International Criminal Court in support of a policy regarding child safety.

In the years ahead, Jolie told BBC World News she hopes to “be traveling around the world visiting my children,” adding, “Everything I do I hope is that I represent something, and I represent the right things to my children, and give them the right sense of what they’re capable of, and the world as it should be seen.”

She continued. “Not through the prism of Hollywood or through a certain kind of life, but really take them into the world, where they have a really good sense and become rounded people.”


Published at Thu, 16 Mar 2017 02:39:00 +0000

Has Selena Gomez Changed Her Style Since Dating The Weeknd? We Investigate

With every relationship come the butterflies, the PDA and, inevitably, the urge to dress everso slightly different for every beau you have. Right?

Maybe your new guy is a little sportier than your last, which means you may rush out to grab a pair of Stan Smiths before your next date.

Maybe your man loves you in green so you take yourself on a mini shopping spree for all things emerald.

But it’s also a two-way street, you know? There are plenty of instances where guys start rocking looks just for their lady loves.

Regardless of who’s swapping their signature uniforms for their significant other, it’s always an interesting case study into a deeper dynamic in a relationship.

This brings us to our current conundrum: has Selena Gomez been switching up her style since dating The Weeknd? Let’s investigate…

Exhibit A: First thing’s first, since Selena and Abel first stepped out as a couple back in early 2017, the former Disney darling has been seen on many an occasion in a crop top. Between date nights, Pilates classes, coffee runs and more, the brunette beauty has been eager to show off her abs for all to see. So is this a new-found go-to top option for Selena? It turns out, it’s not. The 24-year-old has been seen dressed in crop tops for years now, both on the red carpet and in her day-to-day life.

Exhibit B: The ‘90s are all the rage right now in the fashion world—from throwback oval shades to acid-wash denim. And while SelGo has been ramping up the trend with her own twist since hanging out with “The Hills” singer, it doesn’t look like this is anything new for her. In actuality, she’s been a longtime fan of some of the biggest brands to come out of the ‘90s (heck, she’s even the next face of Coach). She’s also been keen on recycling past looks for outings with her new boyfriend—case in point: her trusty red sunglasses and her combat ankle booties.

Selena Gomez

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Exhibit C: If you’ve got it, flaunt it…and that’s precisely what Selena’s been doing since separating herself from her child star image. Last year, during Paris Fashion Week, the actress opted for a tied-up leotard, denim mini skirt and thigh-high boots that turned every head on the Champs-Élysées. So what happened when she began seeing the “Starboy” himself? Well, she stayed true to her sartorial roots and kept things as sexy as usual.

Conclusion: Why fix something if it ain’t broke, just like Selena’s signature style. The songstress may have found a new love in her life but she’s been keeping it real when it comes to her fashion. Sure, maybe some parts of her lewks have changed a bit over the past year—but that seems normal, no? Regardless, that’s just our theory…take it or leave it, but mostly go tell your friends about it.


Published at Thu, 16 Mar 2017 02:18:46 +0000