Angelina Jolie the Person
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When Angelina talks, people take notice. It may be her intense gaze when she is talking to you......
A woman with a story and style
Angelina's breakthrough in the show business did not begin as an actress. She began as a model at the age of 14 and despite the age was able to create beautiful photographs, something incredibly difficult for someone as young as she was. Her father Jon Voigt, a famous actor, seemed to be an inspiration that led her to getting on the silver screen. Angelina's first leading role in a movie was Hackers (1995) and no one knew even then, that in fifteen years time, one day she would become such an influential actress, the Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations of refugees, and listed as one of 'The most beautiful people' in People Magazine's list of top 100 beautiful actors and actresses. Things didn't start out easy, and she definitely had her share of rough patches concerning relationships. Most people remember her marriage to Billy Bob Thornton due to it's strange nature, most of all, the necklaces that held a vial of each others blood that she and Billy Bob carried around their necks as a display of love. Married for only three years, Angelina has said about the cause for their marriage ending as,
It took me by surprise, too, because overnight, we totally changed. I think one day we had just nothing in common. And it's scary but... I think it can happen when you get involved and you don't know yourself yet.
Love is certainly hard enough to find, and a few years of growing up and making some important changes led Angelina to the man she would later have children with, and call her partner; Brad Pitt, who was married at the time they met. There was a lot of speculation and controversy over the manner of their relationship, photos came out of a vacation with Angelina's adopted children and Brad and the media reports implied Angelina as the cause of Brad's divorce from Jennifer Aniston. Despite all the flurry of news and constant attention on their personal lives it seems they have thrived as a couple, as parents, and for Angelina, it seems she is more comfortable with her self more than ever, thriving as a woman.
Aside from the constant press and media frenzy, it's almost easy to forget she started out as an actress to begin with, and not as someone whose photograph is splashed across the cover of gossip magazines. Angelina is a brilliant actress. She has the versatility to act in films that range from action movies such as Tomb Raider, or take on the complicated story-lines such as Changeling, a story about a mother losing her son set in the 1920s. When she plays a role, she creates the idiosyncrasies of an entire character; including mannerisms, and things she imagines the character might do. Her eye for detail seems to carry into her fashion sense. Her style seems classic minimalist, and has a style she keeps to but not with the fault of predictability. She may use black as a default for color in her wardrobe, but she keeps an edge to her style that is a hard balance to maintain in Hollywood. She doesn't seem boxed in or confined in the way she dresses, and seems otherworldly at times. But in addition to talent and beauty, Angelina has a sense of unpretentious elegance, and poise. She constructs intelligent responses to questions from the media that can sometimes be typical and overly curious. There is something very honest and organic to her responses. The media can at times be a circus and she handles the press with grace and aplomb. Everyone in the media constantly speculates for a breakdown, the next big thing to push her over the edge. If there's one thing we can learn from watching Angelina is how she proves people wrong. Everyone thinks they know the real Angelina through the moderation of interviews and doses from the journalistic perspectives, as if all these mediums will be fully capable of describing who she is. Angelina seems to live a fairy tale life that she has worked hard for. She gets to wake up everyday with her children, her partner Brad Pitt, and the moments in between seem to be a life fulfilled with grace and modesty.And in typical Angelina style, she handles all the other parts of her life just the same; gracefully and with humility.
Erica Bean, Style And Fashion Editor: I am a photographer, writer, world traveler and yoga enthusiast. I currently live in Austin, Texas, with plans to move to San Francisco this summer. Traveling to different cities and living in different countries has given me gratitude for new words, new photographs. Photography is how I hold all the beautiful and complex parts of life I have found, in my two hands. Home is the space between my pen and a blank piece of paper. Home is the second before the click of the camera, when I am about... (more...)