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Angelina Jolie on the cover of Vanity Fair, September 2011

Angelina Jolie on the cover of Vanity Fair, September 2011

Today Angelina Jolie shared a very personal message in The New York Times in an op ed titled “My Medical Choice“. In it, she tells her story of losing her mother to cancer, and with that, also inheriting an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer. A few months back, she made the decision to be proactive and to go for a preventive double mastectomy, so that she can be certain that her children won’t lose their mother to breast cancer. We admire Angelina for setting an example for other women to be healthy, proactive and empowered.

GIFT

Coming from a family of actors, Jolie began her career as an actress at an early age. Winner of an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards, she is also a film director and a screenwriter. Known as one of the most beautiful women in the world (according to Vogue, People, Vanity Fair, FHM, Esquire, GQ and other media), she proves that her true beauty comes from within, setting an example of someone who cares about others and is passionate about giving back.

Angelina Jolie wearing Lorraine Schwartz emerald drop earrings at 2009 Oscars

Angelina Jolie wearing Lorraine Schwartz emerald drop earrings at 2009 Oscars

MESSAGE

“We cannot close ourselves off to information and ignore the fact that millions of people are out there suffering. I honestly want to help. I don’t believe I feel differently from other people. I think we all want justice and equality, a chance for a life with meaning. All of us would like to believe that if we were in a bad situation someone would help us.” -Angelina Jolie

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Angelina Jolie’s “Core Values” Louis Vuitton ad shot in Camdbodia

CAUSE

After filming “Lara Croft: Tom Raider” in Cambodia in 2001, she adopted her first son Maddox from an orphanage in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh and got personally involved with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Later that year, she began visiting refugee camps around the world and was named a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador. Since then, she has been on field missions around the world and has met with refugees in more than 30 countries. In 2012, Jolie was promoted to the rank of Special Envoy of High Commissioner António Guterres, and now represents the UNHCR at the diplomatic level, and also is the co-founder for the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative.

Jolie and Pitt with Kids

Jolie and Pitt with kids

Jolie has established several charitable organizations, from a daycare facility for children afflicted and affected by HIV in Cambodia to  pro bono movement committed to providing legal counsel to unaccompanied immigrant children in the U.S. Most recently, Angelina honored Pakistani schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai at the Women In the World Summit, donating $200,000 to Malala’s charity to fund girls’ education.

Angelina Jolie in Pakistan with UN

Angelina Jolie in Pakistan with UN

STYLE

Angelina Jolie’s style type is chic.

Angelina Jolie's chic Style

Angelina Jolie’s chic Style

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