GIRL CRUSH – ANGELINA JOLIE
I have a girl crush on Angelina Jolie Pitt. She was, after all, named Woman of the Year by Vanity Fair a couple years ago.
I came across this article Angelina Jolie Pitt wrote as a result of her decision to remove her ovaries. This comes two years after the woman decided to have a double mastectomy as a preventative measure to reduce the chance that she will have breast cancer. The cancer runs in her family – both her mother and grandmother – and she wants to take control before it controls her life.
Jolie was born in 1975. She is quite young, but she is educating herself based on her genetic history and the results of her family. While this isn’t an all-encompassing piece on her life, I find that she is very brave and level-headed to take this into her own hands at only 39 years of age [wait, is my math right?]. And although there are many braver women out there who have experienced these procedures and have experienced cancer (Jolie Pitt has not been diagnosed with cancer) and survived, I’m acknowledging her personal story as being brave.
Angelina is an amazing woman who has adopted 3 children from the countries of Cambodia, Ethiopia, and Vietnam, but has birthed three of her own. The best part about her raising of these children is that each one is learning the official language of their home country alongside English. And yes, other families have done this successfully with international adoptions, but her family definitely takes the cake of winning the adoption lottery.
And while she is an award winning actress for her role in Girl, Interrupted, she is also a filmmaker and a humanitarian. I never really enjoyed her as someone in the limelight while she was dating Billy Bob Thornton. She seemed like she was a crazy person pulling stunts on the red carpet and being very candid during interviews and public statements. I find that it stinks that her marriage to Brad didn’t last, but, all of a sudden, Angelina suddenly seemed like an adult doing admirable adult things. And this is why I have a crush on her.