Angelina Jolie opens up about encouraging her daughters to be “strong” and to “develop their minds” in a new essay for ELLE UK.
Jolie, an actress, filmmaker, and humanitarian, shares daughters Zahara, 14, Shiloh, 13, and Vivienne, 11, as well as sons Maddox, 18, Pax, 15, and Knox, 11, with ex-husband Brad Pitt.
The star talks about how the world needs more “wicked women.”
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Actor and campaigner Angelina Jolie is ELLE’s September cover star. In an exclusive essay written for ELLE she explains how she has spent her life railing against ‘normal’ and why she would never have had it any other way. Out on Thursday. LINK IN BIO. Photographs by @alexilubomirski Styling by @elizabethstewart1 Fashion by @stellamccartney
She writes, “Looking across the world, we have to ask, ‘Why is so much energy expended to keep women in a secondary position?’
“Looked at in this light, ‘wicked women’ are just women who are tired of injustice and abuse.
“Women who refuse to follow rules and codes they don’t believe are best for themselves or their families.
“Women who won’t give up on their voice and rights, even at the risk of death or imprisonment or rejection by their families and communities. If that is wickedness, then the world needs more wicked women.”
Jolie continues, “But it is also true that women don’t wake up every morning wanting to fight. We want to be able to be soft and nurturing and graceful and loving—not everyone is born to fight. And we don’t have magical powers.
“What we do have is the ability to support one another, and to work with the many great men who value and respect women as their equals.”
Jolie adds of her family life, “I often tell my daughters that the most important thing they can do is to develop their minds. You can always put on a pretty dress, but it doesn’t matter what you wear on the outside if your mind isn’t strong.
“There is nothing more attractive—you might even say enchanting—than a woman with an independent will and her own opinions.”