Wonder woman Angelina Jolie follows in the steps of Beyonce’s essay in the September 2019 issue of Vogue, choosing to set her own narrative. Given the generally low quality of women’s magazines’ interview questions — I agree they have made progress — the haters should stop clutching their pearls around journalistic integrity and come up to Angelina’s level.
Yes, as prominent women become more activist-oriented, they will want to control their narrative. Look how Vanity Fair buried candidate Beto O’Rourke with that “born to run” headline. And they don’t want to talk about dry skin to make advertisers happy.
That’s just AOC’s take, of course, but we’re def on team Angelina and Beyoncé.
Jolie is styled by Elizabeth Stewart in Celine by Hedi Slimane, Dior, Galvin, Jimmy Choo, Stella McCartney and more, Alexi Lubormiski is behind the lens, as Angie poses with her own airplane for ‘Angelina Jolie on Why the World Needs More Wicked Women’.
MALEFICENT: adj., causing or capable of producing evil or mischief; harmful or baleful [from Latin maleficent-, from maleficus, wicked, prone to evil, from malum, evil]. Malefice: n. (archaic), a wicked deed or enchantment.
Republicans in general and Donald Trump in particular, coupled with backup from the most conservative wings of Catholicism, evangelical Christianity and Orthodox Judaism constantly refer to prominent women as witches. US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and 2016 US Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton take top honors in the Republican confirmation that Angelina Jolie is correct, when she asks:
What is it about the power of a woman free in mind and body that has been perceived as so dangerous throughout history? In the past, the Old Testament command “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live” was taken literally. Tens of thousands of people were executed for maleficia, the alleged crime of evil deeds through magic, from the witch hunts in Europe to the Salem trials in America. The vast majority of these were women.
Jolie pondering why women activists, politicos — even moms — are disdainfully called witches
It is startling how often women who run for political office in democratic countries are described as witches. Bring together a group of strong women, and before too long someone will brand them a “coven”—the technical term, to be clear, for a gathering of witches meeting at night to consort with the devil. Women who stand up for human rights in many countries are still labeled “deviant,” “bad mothers,” “difficult,” or “loose.”
Angelina Jolie on the unspeakable violence that continues against women worldwide
Consider the estimated 200 million women and girls alive today who have suffered genital mutilation. Or the approximately 650 million women and girls worldwide who were made to marry before they were 18 years old. Thousands of women and girls are murdered by family members in so-called honor killings each year, as a punishment for exercising their own free will. And when thousands of Sudanese women took to the streets of Khartoum calling for free elections in their country this summer, the order went out to “break the girls,” leading to scores of alleged rapes by security forces.
Angelina Jolie on discovering her life’s work in a unique moment.
I remember when that moment first came for me. I was in my twenties, meeting refugees in Sierra Leone during the closing stages of a brutal civil war. I understood for the first time the level of violence that exists in the world, and the reality of life for the millions of people affected by conflict and displacement. And I discovered my life’s work and purpose.
Angelina Jolie is the founding muse of Anne of Carversville, inspiring me to action one hot summer morning in 2007
Jolie signs off her Harper’s Bazaar September 2019 interview in a way that truly resonates with me::