Since I was kid watching movies like 'Gone In 60 Seconds', 'Tomb Raider', and 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith', Angelina Jolie has always interested me. As beautiful as she is, it was how mysterious she seemed that kept me wondering more and more about her.
It's been a couple of years since we've seen her on the big screen, but she's still working in other ways - producing movies, being a mom to children she adopted and saving women/kids who live in dangerous parts of the world.
This month, Angelina penned an essay for ELLE magazine and it was beautiful, insightful, and answered some of the questions I had about this mysterious woman I saw in movies years ago.
She talked about 'wicked women' - those who have been outcast from their communities because they stand up for what is right.
"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."
Also, in the essay she talks about how women in democratic countries (America) have a hard time running for political office, how women some days don't want to be strong and fight - because its exhausting.
Lately she has been spending a ton of time in foreign countries helping 'wicked women' just like her. I remember when I was younger, a lot of people called her degrading names because how she was so expressive about her sexuality. As a woman, I now understand the liberating feelings that allowed her to talk so openly and freely about sex, relationships, and etc.
What I loved the most about this essay is how she's raising her daughters and sons.
"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"
To read the full essay click here.