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Angelina Jolie Reveals the Advice She Gives Her 3 Daughters

Angelina Jolie Reveals the Advice She Gives Her 3 Daughters

Angelina Jolie is stunning on the cover of Elle‘s March 2018 issue, on newsstands February 20.

Here’s what the actress, director, and humanitarian had to share with the mag:

On the advice she gives her daughters: “I tell my daughters [Vivienne, 9, Shiloh, 11, and Zahara, 13], ‘What sets you apart is what you are willing to do for others. Anyone can put on a dress and makeup. It’s your mind that will define you. Find out who you are, what you think, and what you stand for. And fight for others to have those same freedoms. A life of service is worth living.’”

On why changing thinking is as important as changing laws and the importance of each person’s individual voice: “I think of how hard women fought to get us to where we are today. Everything counts, from the way you hold yourself in daily life and educate yourself on your own rights, to solidarity with other women around the world.”

On why she continues her campaign against sexual violence in conflict: “When it comes down to it, we still treat violence against women as a lesser crime.”

For more from Angelina, visit Elle.com.

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  • angela kwok

    ha ha ha i am the first one…

  • plez

    Great cover. Now let me read the interview.

  • angela kwok

    indeed…

  • loff

    Look how quickly designers post themslvees

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  • nicpace

    oh the irony when none of her kids turn out to be like her.

  • 81a

    Congrats 😃😃

  • loff

    FULL INTERVIEW
    WHAT ANGELINA JOLIE IS FIGHTING FOR NOW

    Angelina Jolie does not have a project to promote. She’s neither starring in, nor directing, a March film. Bucking the standard reasons for doing press, the Academy Award–winning megastar is on this month’s cover of ELLE to draw attention to an occasion that doesn’t come with a red carpet: International Women’s Day (March 8).

    For the better part of the last decade, the 42-year-old has devoted herself to shedding light on women’s rights, or lack thereof, across the globe. Serving as a goodwill ambassador and special envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, she’s completed nearly 60 field missions, including visits to Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq. As cofounder of the British government’s Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative, she’s met with rape survivors in Rwanda and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Days before her ELLE shoot, the Guardian published Jolie’s call to action against gender-based violence, co-authored with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Despite all her advocacy, Jolie confesses she’s always been reticent when it comes to politics. Still, she recognizes that political action can sometimes offer a more direct route to changing things for the better.

    To that end, the following story is a thoughtful conversation between her and longtime politician John Kerry. Jolie first met the 74-year-old statesman—a Vietnam veteran, presidential candidate, and, most recently, U.S. secretary of state—five years ago at the London G8 Summit. It’s a frigid December morning when the two reconnect at the Ritz-Carlton in New York. Kerry, who unexpectedly bumped into his daughter Vanessa on the street, brought her along for a brief hello. The four youngest of Jolie’s six children will arrive later. Jolie is in town to accept the Global Citizen of the Year award from the United Nations Correspondents Association and to do some Christmas shopping. They’re both looking forward to 2018, when Jolie will speak to students at Yale’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, where the former secretary oversees the Kerry Initiative. Kerry, in turn, has agreed to speak at the London School of Economics, where Jolie is a visiting professor.

    Here, a small preview of some of the huge issues they are working tirelessly to remedy. Listen in.
    Angelina Jolie: Thank you for speaking with me for International Women’s Day.

    John Kerry: My pleasure. How’s your family?

    AJ: All right. The kids will be here soon. You have grandkids now?

    JK: I am having the best time being a granddad. They’re so smart, it’s scary.

    AJ: They really are, just their clarity….

    JK: I’ve just come back from a climate summit in Paris. I know this is something you feel strongly about, why we need to be engaged globally.

    AJ: That’s one of the things I’d love to talk to you about. There is this question of, can you be a citizen of the world and still be a patriot? It shouldn’t even be a question.

    JK: It’s something we need to talk more about. What it means to be an American. We need to do a better job of explaining why all Americans should feel proud of the things that we have done in countries around the world.

    AJ: I’m very patriotic, as I know you are. For me, it goes hand in hand with being proud of what America stands for. For instance, I’m the only person in my house who was born in America.

    JK: I wasn’t aware of that.

    AJ: It’s only because we are a country based on people of different backgrounds and faiths coming together that I can have this family. My daughters have the freedoms they have because of being American. And we are at our best when we are fighting for others to have the same rights. Particularly other women.

    JK: The challenge is describing how a conflict in North Africa or wherever else relates to all of us. How it impacts migration, terrorism, the economy.

    AJ: The way I see it, even if you are a person who doesn’t want to have to care about international issues, you are still affected. Stepping back is dangerous.

    JK: Last year, we had a discussion at the Jackson Institute at Yale on climate change. When you say “Save the planet” to most people, their eyes glaze over. But again, it’s about how it impacts all of us—especially jobs. What if you are a farmer and things won’t grow in certain places? What does it mean to have more frequent and destructive superstorms? [As U.S. secretary of state, Kerry negotiated and signed the Paris climate accord in 2016. Last June, Trump announced that the U.S. intends pull out in 2020.]

    AJ: It must be a frustrating time, with America withdrawing from the climate agreement.

    JK: The truth is, more than 90 cities, including New York, Miami, and Los Angeles, are 100 percent committed to live by the Paris agreement. The American people have not pulled out. Climate change negatively affects all the issues you’re working on—violence against women, refugees.

    AJ: There are already more people displaced by climate change than by war. Was the environment what drew you into politics?

    JK: When I came back from Vietnam, I didn’t immediately protest the war. I was still processing it. But I did become part of the first Earth Day, in 1970. We got 20 million people to come out, and from that came the Clean Air Act, the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, and the EPA. Guess who signed the EPA into law? Richard Nixon. Why? Because it was a voting issue. Then, in the election of 1974, we targeted 12 members of Congress, labeling them the “dirty dozen.” Seven of them lost their seats. Boom. Everybody was shocked.
    AJ: I was quite anti-politics when I was young. I started working on human-rights issues and meeting refugees and survivors mostly because I wanted to learn. I also had this romantic idea that I would get my boots on and be a humanitarian. But at a certain point, you realize that’s not enough. You have to find the root of the problem. And that, so often, brings you back to the law and politics. For instance, I kept meeting refugees who were survivors of systematic rape—rape used as a weapon. Yet there were virtually no convictions. It fired me up to start working with governments and lawmakers. When it comes down to it, we still treat violence against women as a lesser crime.

    JK: It’s shameful.

    AJ: You have to identify what will make that change. Find the people in politics you can work with, and hold them to their promises.

    JK: That’s democracy: It’s about accountability. You have to fight and keep pushing. Do you feel like you’ve been effective?

    AJ: In some countries, sexual violence is less of a taboo discussion. It’s something more people expect their leaders to act on. Over 150 countries have signed a commitment to end impunity for war-zone rape. There are new teams in place to gather evidence and support prosecutions. I was in Kenya last summer as UN peacekeeping troops received new training, since peacekeepers have been part of the problem. We’re working with NATO on training, protection, and getting more women in the military. But there is so far to go.

    JK: When I was a young prosecutor, a lot of people didn’t believe that violence against women was a crime. We tried to chip away at that old thinking by expanding counseling programs for rape victims and hiring and promoting more women prosecutors.

    AJ That’s exactly it: changing thinking as well as laws. I think of how hard women fought to get us to where we are today. Everything counts, from the way you hold yourself in your daily life and educate yourself on your own rights, to solidarity with other women around the world.

    JK: I hope readers understand how important their individual voices are.

    AJ: And that they feel their voices are being heard. I tell my daughters, “What sets you apart is what you are willing to do for others. Anyone can put on a dress and makeup. It’s your mind that will define you. Find out who you are, what you think, and what you stand for. And fight for others to have those same freedoms. A life of service is worth living.”

    Hair by Adam Campbell at the Wall Group; makeup by Matin; manicure by Mary Soul; grooming by Susan Phear; set design by Bette Adams for MHS Artists; produced by Nathalie Akiya for Kranky Produktions; fashion assistant: Yashua Simmons

    This article originally appears in the March 2018 issue of ELLE.
    http://www.elle.com/culture/celebrities/a16642591/angelina-jolie-march-cover-2018/

  • bap

    http://www.elle.com/culture/celebrities/a16642591/angelina-jolie-march-cover-2018/

    We do not have dates yet for these events.

    They’re both looking forward to 2018, when Jolie will speak to students at Yale’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, where the former secretary oversees the Kerry Initiative. Kerry, in turn, has agreed to speak at the London School of Economics, where Jolie is a visiting professor.

    Several years from now Angelina will do a lot of speaking engagement.

  • loff

    Always great to see jelous bitter haters trolls having a meltdown over Angelina LOL

  • Gemini675

    What a wonderful surprise for a Thursday. Wonderful interview with John Kerry and superficially (of course) she looks brilliant.

  • loff

    Beats an interview about makeup, hair and home architecture LOL

  • Stoni

    We know Shiloh won’t. She wants to be a boy.

  • http://www.amazon.com/Aubrey-Anderson/e/B01BHC8VMI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1466893529&sr=8-1 Lady Valeria

    I almost didn’t recognize Vivienne in the magazine pic! That first one, where she and Shiloh are looking out the window is cute.

    And lol, the article says the four youngest are going somewhere with her. Where are the other two….Pax and Maddox? Probably trying to pretend their parents and siblings don’t exist. I know I tried at that age (still do sometimes!).

  • 81a

    Although she said she’s the only person in her house who’s born in America, I’m glad she used the word “house” and not “family” cos if she had it would mean that she has totally excluded Brad from her definition of “family”…….jmo

    Keeping hope alive

  • Stoni

    She tells her daughters “what sets you apart is what you are willing to do for others”. Such as wrecking marriages?

  • plez

    I checked the Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs website and it’s only showing event dates for February.

  • kflyer

    Ohhhhhh smokes…i’m so proud right now….i’m all teeth.Harpers baazar now this…yes girl.And folks wanna really tell me that this woman is not an asset to the Pitt family…that bill and jane aren’t proud of her….that doug isn’t proud of who his brother chose to be his sister in law,that she won’t try to work on things for “her love” and that brad won’t seriously think of working things out if they can be……..yeah….sure I don’t buy that for a second.never will.who has ever come into his life with this much substance and still can run the red carpet…..i’ll wait. telling me he never fought for paltrow or aniston is soooooo apples and steak not even oranges apple and steak. talk about decorating house vs International women’s day.And walking away from BBT is different than the father of your kids and the love of your life.Different situations.
    patience either way.

  • 81a

    itawy

  • Nope.

    So colorful!

  • ha

    yes

  • moody

    is she ever going to stop exploiting her children? when did st angie ho become so very very thirsty? brad must have kept her attention whoring in check. she’s pathetic.

    and all those photos are shopped to make her look 10 years younger.

  • moody

    john kerry is a moron.

  • moody

    can’t wait.

  • ali7

    Yes in her new house she is the only American born and hope thing will change soon if they still want to work on the marriage.

  • kflyer

    Listen….LOL !!!.Again I repeat who has brad ever had that can run a red carpet in circles and bring the substance……don’t tell me the man has given up…yes maybe it eventually won’t work but i think he’s trying like heck.And all you can do is battle doesn’t mean you’ll win the war but i don’t believe they are not in the battle….eventually we’ll see the outcome when the dust settles

  • Felinelilly

    Last time I checked Missouri was still a US state so yeah… no reconciliation just a month ago. Oh well. Angelina looks good on the cover.

  • plez

    Enjoyed the interview but would of liked it to be longer. Plus more pics.

  • sandra

    its not Missouri. Its Oklahoma. I see your point LOL

  • http://www.amazon.com/Aubrey-Anderson/e/B01BHC8VMI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1466893529&sr=8-1 Lady Valeria

    Well they are publicly separated. IMO, if they ever get back together, I would not expect either of them to say anything until they were completely sure–just like when they got together. Neither said anything about their relationship for nearly a year. Even when they were being photographed together, and even when Brad adopted Maddox and Zahara. There was still no official statement until Angelina was pregnant.

  • Felinelilly

    Oh yeah, sorry. His family moved to Missouri later. LOL

  • bap

    Probably have to check each month. Thank you for checking!

  • sandra

    LOL its probably the same. Like Saint-Denis and Paris ;)

  • ali7

    What are you referring to?

  • loff

    JMO it’s how you perceive it she said in my house, not my family, so in her house yes she’s the American. If she had mentioned Brad then she’d be accused of namedropping him. Either way there is no winning. We have to remember current status is that they are separated.

  • tboz

    Whose marriage did she wreck? Aniston is the only person who lied and said they were happy as peaches but Brad and Courtney Cox said different, look it up!
    BBT doesn’t count, he wasn’t married nor did he want to marry Dern. Look it up!

  • Felinelilly

    I know, ITA with you but there’s a slight difference between not saying anything, like they used to, and saying something like Angelina did. Being the only one from America in her house, is saying plenty and just confirms some things I was thinking. But it’s fine, as I said I’m pretty much over it all now.

  • bap

    The trolls are so toxic. They are just like trash.

  • loff

    Felinlilly is referring from the interview when Angelina said i’m the only American in my House. I think many will take it as a snub to Brad.But she isnt talking about whole family.

  • Felinelilly

    Exactly. LOL Perfectly put.

  • ali7

    Oh that it’s pretty clear she’s talking abt her house and fans should remember they’re separated at least now. Please give a credit the woman she knows what she’s talking, she knows people will analyse her words so she cleverly used the house word she’s not giving away anything lol.

  • Felinelilly

    I never said anything about snubbing Brad or no winning for her. It has nothing to do with anything, it didn’t even cross my mind.

  • Felinelilly

    It’s exactly what I meant, and separated is how I definitely see them now. If it changes, good, but if not, separate is what they are.

  • Messy

    She is exploiting those children. They all have to dance around her like little minions

  • kflyer

    JJ roast garner-affleck for mentioning each other and doing duly co-parenting public pictures…the jolie-pitts are handling their matter differently……it’s no win either way.Has long has they are fine…it should be A ok.Brad hasn’t challenged anything he’s a multi millionaire with access to the best lawyers.everyone looks more relaxed these days I think they are doing them and are fine…it’s us fans that are in up in arms.They can’t win with us.

  • loff

    You are missing the whole point.What i’m saying is that if that is the only thing from the whole interview is going to be zoomed into then its blowing things out of proportion. And you can see we are discussion it aren’t we. Like I said if she had mentioned him then it would be like she is using him, she hasn’t and it can be precived as she is not acknowledging him. Either way you can see there is no win is there.

  • loff

    That is what i’m saying.

  • moody

    does she really think it’s such a big deal that none of her kids were born in the US? if she doesn’t like it here, she can leave. oh right, those kids have a father she’d like to erase but can’t. Team Brad.

  • http://www.amazon.com/Aubrey-Anderson/e/B01BHC8VMI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1466893529&sr=8-1 Lady Valeria

    Well it’s just like the breadwinner comment–yea, she technically is. She hasn’t depended on whatever Brad makes to factor into her decision making process in how she’s supported herself, her projects, and her humanitarian work.

    I see your point, but to me it’s parsing words slightly unnecessarily. Maybe it means that she is totally totally over Brad….maybe not. We’ll see.

    And LOL–they didn’t talk about their relationship, but they talked about each other a few times. Specifically Angelina saying she didn’t need Brad and she had lovers on the side.

  • kflyer

    The moment anything different is mentioned sources will pop up, LOL ….why give them the pleasure.

  • http://www.amazon.com/Aubrey-Anderson/e/B01BHC8VMI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1466893529&sr=8-1 Lady Valeria

    LOL we roast Lady Macbeth and Batfleck because both look freaking miserable while doing it. They either need to stay away from cameras or go to some therapy and work out their issues.