The 42-year-old Angelina Jolie is seen posing in a stunning backless white dress in a wildlife sanctuary in Namibia, surrounded by three leopards.
In another shot for the magazine she is grinning broadly while looking utterly flawless as she pens an open letter to Namibia, in which she discusses her thoughts on women’s rights today and our responsibility toward each other and our environment.
The shoot at the N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary, which is run by the actress’ friends of 16 years, Marlice and Rudie van Vuuren.
Back in 2010, Angelina and her then husband Brad founded the Shiloh Jolie-Pitt Foundation to help the sanctuary with its work.
Writing in the magazine, the mum-of-six revealed she thinks it is important to embrace the “freedom” we have and use it to do good for future generations.
She said: “What we do, each in our own small way, matters. The hopeful thought is that it is in our hands. Over the next 150 years, technology is going to give us more and better means of communicating, fighting poverty, defending human rights, and caring for the environment.
“But it is what we choose to do with the freedom we have that will make all the difference. If my life experience has taught me anything, it is that what you stand for, and what you choose to stand against, is what defines you.
“As the San people say, ‘You are never lost if you can see your path to the horizon.’ ”
And the actress thinks it is a “beautiful aspiration” to consider consequences as far ahead as seven generations.
She wrote: “My mother, who was part Iroquois Indian on her father’s side, taught me the Iroquois saying that we should consider the impact of our decisions upon the next seven generations. It is hard for us to be that thoughtful, with all the pressures in our lives, but it seems to me to be a beautiful aspiration.
“So whoever you are as you read this – a doctor, lawyer, scientist, human rights activist, student, teacher, mother, wife, or boy or girl flipping through your mother’s copy – I hope that you will join me in taking time today to think about how we can all contribute to making a better future.
“There is a lot we can’t predict about the world 150 years from now. But we do know that our great-grandchildren will be living with the consequences of decisions we make now, just as we can trace the origin of problems we are dealing with today to their roots in earlier centuries.”
Read the full letter in Harper’s Bazaar 150th anniversary edition, November Issue On Newsstands October 24
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