Angelina Jolie Aces Her Multi-Hyphenate Life—Here's How She Does It All
When you wonder how you can play the work-life balance game, look to Angelina Jolie as your inspiration.
The 42-year-old redefines what it's like to be a successful and driven woman today.
The full-time mother isn't just an Oscar-winning actress and director, she's also been the Special Envoy for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees since 2012 and is a co-founder of the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative.
Moving beyond personal success, the Hollywood star dedicates a lot of her time to championing her advocacies.
After years of philanthropic and charitable work, Angelina is now recognized as a leading figure in women empowerment, the protection of refugees and the displaced, girls' education, and campaign against gender violence in conflict areas—the last of which brought her to Brussels, Belgium on Wednesday, January 31, to meet with NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, as part of her European tour.
According to NATO.int, Angelina's visit concentrated on pushing for the end of sex-related crimes that plague women and girls (as well as boys and men) of displaced communities and refugee camps during times of war.
The leading lady expressed her concern about women undergoing emotional, physical, and psychological distress during these trying times, and how adding sexual violence to the formula would undisputedly leave them scarred and pained, for life.
Angelina and Jens reportedly discussed how domestic and foreign troops involved in a conflict can curb sexual violence.
To the agreement of her audience, she stressed the point that women should not only be protected, but valued.
The mother of six emphasized that when the wars are done and the dust has settled, women will be integral in reforming communities and rebuilding what had been lost—they deserve to be treated with utmost respect.
When it comes to her own family, the Tomb Raider actress has supported her kids' involvement in her causes.
Before heading to Brussels, Angelina granted the request of her daughters, Zahara and Shiloh, to visit a refugee in camp in Jordan where they spent time with girls their age to learn about their situation.
The rest of the family joined in when Angelina traveled to Paris for a Guerlain fragrance shoot at Champs-Elysées, and went on to bond over a trip to the historic Louvre.
While in the City of Lights, she also met with First Lady Brigitte Macro at the Elysées Palace to talk about her work as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Special Envoy.
On top of all of this, the budding film director's latest project, the 2017 historical drama First They Killed My Father, received critical acclaim and helped shed light on Cambodia's Khmer Rouge-led communist crisis that massacred thousands of civilians in the 1970s.
She is set to star in Maleficent 2 and voice a character in an animated film about animals breaking free from captivity.
All of this, she achieves while staying in tip-top shape and looking amazing! Is there anything Angelina can't do?