Angelina Jolie Shares Inspirational Advice She told Her Daughters
Actress and Filmmaker Angelina Jolie has an undeniable track record for humanitarian efforts and success in her career and hopes to pass the humanitarian causes to her children.
In the latest issue of ELLE magazine in honor of International Women’s Day, the actress tackles humanitarian issues specifically the ones that affect women and shared the advice she has imparted to her daughters in a conversation with former U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry.
“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,” the actress said in the magazine’s March issue.
“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.”
— ELLE Magazine (US) (@ELLEmagazine) February 8, 2018
Jolie’s two daughters, Shiloh, 11, and Vivienne, 9, seems to have been following the footsteps of their mother. Both Zahara and Shiloh came along Jolie’s visit to a refugee camp in Jordan two weeks ago. The two kids were able to meet Syrian refugees, which included girls the same age as them. Jolie is also a mother to Knox, 9; Zahara, 13; Pax, 14; and Maddox, 16.
Being the goodwill ambassador and UN special envoy, she worked on bringing women’s rights all over the world, as well as co-founding the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative in June 2012.
Regarding herself, Jolie said that it’s important to change the people’s way of thinking and attitude on crimes against women, emphasizing that each individual can make a powerful difference.
“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,” Jolie said.
Moreover, during her conversation with the former Secretary of State, Jolie revealed that even though she was “quite anti-politics” during her younger years, she, later on, discovered that it would be best to work with lawmakers to best serve her humanitarian efforts.
“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,” she said. “You have to find the root of the problem. And that, so often, brings you back to the law and politics.”
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