Angelina Jolie On Advice She Gives Her Daughters: “A Life Of Service Is Worth Living”

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The always stunning Angelina Jolie sat down with former Secretary of State John Kerry for the March 2018 issue of ELLE magazine.

During their chat, the 42-year-old Oscar winner and humanitarian talks about values she tries to instill in her daughters, what she is fighting for and more!

Check out the goods below:

On advice she gives her daughters: “I tell my daughters, ‘What sets you apart is what you are willing to do for others. Anyone can put on a dress and makeup. It’s your mind that will define you. Find out who you are, what you think, and what you stand for. And fight for others to have those same freedoms. A life of service is worth living.’”

On women: “I think of how hard women fought to get us to where we are today.  Everything counts, from the way you hold yourself in daily life and educate yourself on your own rights, to solidarity with other women around the world.”

On the way that society continues to treat violence against women as a “lesser crime”: “In some countries, sexual violence is less of a taboo discussion. It’s something more people expect their leaders to act on. Over 150 countries have signed a commitment to end impunity for war-zone rape. There are new teams in place to gather evidence and support prosecutions. I was in Kenya last summer as UN peacekeeping troops received new training, since peacekeepers have been part of the problem. We’re working with NATO on training, protection, and getting more women in the military. But there is so far to go.”

On what it means to be American: “I’m very patriotic, as I know you are. For me, it goes hand in hand with being proud of what America stands for. For instance, I’m the only person in my house who was born in America…It’s only because we are a country based on people of different backgrounds and faiths coming together that I can have this family. My daughters have the freedoms they have because of being American. And we are at our best when we are fighting for others to have the same rights. Particularly other women.

Images: Andres Kudacki for Elle

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