Angelina Jolie is on the cover of the 150th anniversary issue of Harper’s Bazaar, and there’s a very good reason for why she looks like she’s putting in as little effort as humanly possible with that “Sorry, am I in the way?” pose. She knows who the real stars are: the half-pack of cheetahs slinking around her personal space. Even the cheetah in the front looks like it’s thinking, “Can you even believe the audacity?”
You just can’t appear in a picture anywhere near a cat without their furry faces stealing focus. Humans just can’t compete. Proof: This picture of Angelina’s little tea party being crashed by Chester’s attention-loving cousins.
Harper’s Angelina to Namibia for her cover shoot with locals and cheetahs. Angelina also wrote an essay for the magazine. To promote her upcoming film The Breadwinner (which she produced), she spoke about the past and future of women’s rights, as well as poverty, the environment, and animal rescue.
She also spoke about her connection to Namibia (Shiloh Jolie-Pitt was born there), as well as wildlife charity work she’s done with the N/a’an ku sê Foundation Wildlife Sanctuary. Angelina’s family has sponsored rescued orphan cheetahs through the foundation in the past. Both Harper’s and Angelina made it known that the cheetahs featured in the magazine were rescues, and that cheetahs should never be kept as high-end pets for the rich.
“Fashion was once a major factor in encouraging the demand for clothes, jewelry, and objects made from wildlife parts. But magazines can now send a different message: that wild animals belong in the wild, and that ivory is not beautiful unless on the tusk of a living animal.”
But what about using them as props in a photo shoot? I assume those rescue cheetahs were okay with that, just as long as they were compensated properly. I.e. they were given a whole craft service table full of fresh antelope canapés and were allowed to scratch their itchy cheetah butts on any fancy article of couture they wished.
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