Angelina Jolie opens girls’ school in Kabul, funded by her ‘Style of Jolie’ jewelry

As we discussed last week, Angelina Jolie made an awareness-raising trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo with UK Foreign Secretary William Hague, and all anyone could talk about was the fact that she was wearing a delicate gold band instead of her giant engagement ring. When Angelina was asked about her ring by a paparazzo (“Are you wearing a wedding band?” or something), Angelina just said “No.” But! According to the British tabloids, Angelina was wearing a wedding band which once belonged to Brad Pitt’s great-grandmother. A source told Grazia:

“Angelina said that she didn’t want to wear her engagement ring because she thought it was important not to be ostentatious with clothes and jewellery when in a poor region. Brad said he completely understood why she couldn’t wear her engagement ring, but he really wanted to give Angelina something special and more understated to wear instead. Angelina seemed truly touched by the special gift of his great-grandmother’s wedding ring, and it meant a lot to be able to take it on the trip with her.”

[From Grazia via The Mail]

While it comes from the UK tabloids and that’s enough to throw some shade, I think it’s possible that Brad really did give her some family heirloom ring and she wears it with pride. It just seems like something they would do.

In other Angelina news, she has just announced that she will be funding a girls-only primary school in Kabul, Afghanistan, and the project will be financed by the expansion of Angelina’s “Style of Jolie” jewelry line (which we’ve covered before – lots of 1970s-styles, topaz and yellow gold).

Angelina Jolie’s big heart has made an even bigger difference: The UNHCR Goodwill ambassador exclusively confirms to E! News that she has opened a school in Afghanistan. Jolie chose to fund the girls-only primary school in an area just outside of Kabul, a region that traditionally favors boys’ education over girls’.

Angelina picked the village as the site of the school due to its high refugee population—regional fighting caused many locals to flee when their homes were destroyed, but since the collapse of the Taliban regime, families are slowly starting to return to the once-devastated area.) The school itself currently educates between 200 and 300 girls and has already proven to have a huge impact on the local community.

Meanwhile, Jolie’s not stopping there, and already has plans to open other similar institutions, vowing that this will be just the first of many. As for how Brad Pitt’s fiancée is bankrolling her goodwill gesture, Jolie is releasing her personally designed jewelry collection, the Style of Jolie, to retail stores for the first time. She will use the profits from the line’s no doubt hefty sales to build even more schools around the world.

“Beyond enjoying the artistic satisfaction of designing these jewels, we are inspired by knowing our work is also serving the mutual goal of providing for children in need,” Jolie told E! News exclusively.

And how can you get your hands on the Jolie-designed range? The newly expanded collection will go on sale this week. And 100 (yes, 100) percent of the profits will go towards Jolie’s new foundation, The Education Partnership for Children of Conflict. Jolie and her long-term jewelry designer, Robert Procop, have spent years collaborating on the collection.

“We launched this collaborative collection with the intent that 100 percent of the profits will go to charity,” Procop said. “The intention was to create something beautiful but more importantly to provide children an opportunity to have an education. The beauty of these creations is matched by the beauty of spirit behind Angelina’s most heartfelt mission—to empower children in crisis. The first funds from our collaboration together have been dedicated to the Education Partnership for Children of Conflict and we have recently completed a school in Afghanistan. For me it’s an honor to have the opportunity to be a part of creating this line with Angie, as we both believe every child has a right to an education.”

Many of the pieces in the collection are based on a unique design Angelina created for a necklace she gifted to Pitt—a historic tablet shape. As for the rest of the line, Angelina spent countless hours exploring coloring, gemstones and different shapes she was drawn to.

“These designs are timeless; they reflect her chic sense of style and also feminine strength,” Kam Heskin, the spokesman for the Robert Procop Design Studio, told E! News. “There are so many pieces that make this collection beautiful and unique.”

The Style of Jolie will be available exclusively in Tivol, a Kansas City jeweler. Tivol will be holding a special event to launch the collection this Wednesday.

“Tivol, with their historic reputation and dedication to family values is a wonderful retail partner to launch our collection in the U.S.,” Jolie told E! News.

“Tivol is a quality company known for carrying high-end jewelry brands that has been family-owned for several generations,” Procop added. “The Tivol family has been so gracious and instrumental in planning this event.”

[From E! News]

The launch of this expanded Style of Jolie collection will apparently be on Thursday, not Wednesday. I looked it up on Tivol’s website, and their date is April 4th, not 3rd. You can see some photos of the Style of Jolie jewelry here, at E!’s slideshow. Angelina’s doing more emeralds in this expansion. I was going to say that I would be interested in an emerald cocktail ring, but I really dislike the setting for that ring. The emerald studs are good, though.

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet.

 

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  1. val says:

    Hm, she puts her money where her mouth is. You can say whatever you want about her, but she does good and there is no denying that. Empowering girls is giving them the gift of knowledge, which transcends into a better life for themselves and families. I am very proud of the woman she has become.

    • bettyrose says:

      Exactly. I really and truly don’t get why more celebrities don’t follow her lead instead of devoting their lives to endless romantic drama. This seems more fulfilling.

      • annaloo. says:

        AND:

        “Angelina said that she didn’t want to wear her engagement ring because she thought it was important not to be ostentatious with clothes and jewellery when in a poor region.”

        Gwyneth, LEARN! It’s refreshing to read that Angelina understands propriety and modesty, she knows when to turn the glam and lux on and WHEN TO TURN IT OFF. SO much respect for her, I totally see how she is such a magnetic presence.

      • Clare says:

        I love her. She is absolutely beautiful, inside and out– definitely a role model- people with power and money should follow in her footsteps…

      • Jamteezy says:

        Did anyone else catch that April fool’s blind about the Jolie-Pitt super race foundation? I was traumatized for half the day until I realized the prank.

    • Meaghan says:

      My sentiments exactly. And I have to admit, the every good man with a good woman behind her rings true here. and I also love the fact she hasn’t gone as nutso with surgeries and Botox as most, she has had some but she still looks her age and more natural. As much as I LOVED crazy Angelina with the blood and whatnot, I do respect the woman she has grown into. And you KNOW there isn’t going to be drama like with Oprahs school, or Scientology craziness like so many other celebs!

    • Kim says:

      NYTimes article in April 1st edition “Painful Payment for Afghan Debt:A daughter, 6 Man will gave his six year old daughter to another family’s 17 y.o. son to repay a$2500. debt The plight of many Afghan girls

  2. Mamacita says:

    Fame put to use.

    Finally someone is doing it right. Thank you, Angelina Jolie, for showing kids that you can use fame for other things than just sitting back, looking fabulous, getting a tan, shopping in different outfits in high heels.

    I know she’s been doing it for a long time, but still. Finally someone within pop celebrity who is a positive role model.

  3. Happymom says:

    This must make Chelsea Handler’s head explode.

  4. Zoid says:

    Wow. This is just so impressive. It’s so amazing to see a celebrity that sees beyond their little sphere of A list parties and designer clothes.

  5. Lilo says:

    Say what you want, but she really makes an effort. She does not just sign her name to some organization (which is better than doing nothing at all, don’t get me wrong), she actually DOES something. And not only once, but for years and years. Great example, that woman.

  6. ana says:

    It’s not the first school she opened – there is one in Kenya too.

    • Kim says:

      She has two girls schools in Kenya

    • B says:

      I’m Kenyan, living in Kenya. Angelina’s school here is in a refugee camp. Refugee girls, especially in Kakuma, where the school is, greatly benefit from going to school. An education helps these girls to avoid and resist FGM(female genital mutilation) that is particularly common in these areas, early marriages(most of them, anyway)… Basically, school for these girls means a shelter from mutilation, early marriage, parenthood.

      I really can’t put into words, what going to school does for these girls. It is empowerment for them, and their communities. What Angelina is doing is priceless.

      • Amelia says:

        FGM seriously makes my blood boil. I just can’t believe how many young girls have had that done to them.
        It’s truly lovely to see fame being put to good use rather than squandered and vainly revelled in. Angie is a genuinely lovely human being for doing this.
        *AHEM*
        *side eye to Justin Bieber and the Cracken*
        On a different, slightly more paranoid note, I hope this doesn’t make AJ a target for lunatic extremists. I remember reading an article about little Malala Yusefzai starting school again a few weeks ago, who campaigned for girls education.
        By all accounts she seems to be making a good recovery :)

      • Kim says:

        @Amelia Angie will be honoring Malala at Women in the World conference this week.

    • B says:

      Hi Amelia. :-) (For some reason I couldn’t reply directly to you) FGM infuriates me. Unfortunately, it happens a LOT in my country. To girls as young as 8,9, 10, 11, 12(who are more often than not married off afterwards). There is legislation in place against it, but of course, there are loopholes. The only, ONLY safeguard against such barbarism is education… And anyone who helps furthers this cause is a god send in my book.

      • Hakura says:

        @Amelia – You bring up a good point, in regards to Angie’s safety. I’m sure that’s something she seriously takes into account, especially w/her children. But she has to know the risk is high in defying a culture’s gender-roles. Especially when they claim it’s tied to their religious beliefs.

        What she’s doing in education is preventing these girls from being held down, making them smart, strong capable women with self esteem. That will be what eventually ends those God-awful traditions.

        But it’s super dangerous & will, without a doubt, result in attacks. Either at Angie, or the schools themselves.

  7. serena says:

    What a great woman. This project is wonderful and I hope many other school will be open.

  8. Eileen says:

    That is wonderful. I sincerely hope the school/staff/students are safe from violence/the Taliban-nice go know celebrity bucks are helping fund some positive works like this

  9. marie says:

    that is a really awesome thing to do, good on her.

  10. Jolie's gal says:

    Angelina Jolie is a great inspiration… This is what being a gal’s gal is all about…

    • Fleurthefrenchy says:

      so, so, so true! Bringing knowledge and empowering girls in Kenya, Afghanistan and many other places is wonderful… so much more profound that most other female celebrities who promote the idea of a gal’s gal as simply being a loyal girlfriend who will never criticize you and will listen to your drunken rants about your ex-husband, your hair, your weight, pilates and how hard it is to be rich and famous!

  11. Ariel says:

    Love her.She is doing so much good for everyone. It means so much for girls in Afghanistan to go to school, because they do not have the privileges that young women have in America.She has opened other schools. Very proud of her. Happy to be a fan.

  12. Runs with Scissors says:

    “The school itself currently educates between 200 and 300 girls and has already proven to have a huge impact on the local community.

    Meanwhile, Jolie’s not stopping there, and already has plans to open other similar institutions, vowing that this will be just the first of many.”

    THIS is an example of a “girl’s girl.”

  13. MollyB says:

    Awesome. Educating girls is the most important agent of change in any struggling society.

  14. lisa2 says:

    Bravo to a woman that is actually a girl’s girl.. Providing education to young girls who would otherwise not have the opportunity. Giving them a practical chance to change their lives, the lives of their families, community and one day their country. This is how you assist. Giving people tools to help themselves. Some of these children just need a chance. Now they have it.

    So looking forward to seeing coverage of The Women in the World summit which starts on Thursday. She is scheduled to attend.. Meryl, Oprah and many other influential women. I think there is suppose to be an interview with Charlie Rose and her.. I have to check not sure if that is accurate.

  15. dorothy says:

    I would imagine the Kardashians will do the same thing with their DASH line…. Happy late April fools!

  16. paranormalgirl says:

    this truly is a gift that will keep on giving for generations.

  17. Ellie66 says:

    What a inspiring thing to do! It’s nice to hear something good from a celebrity helping others and not just for publicity. Love her! :D

  18. phlyfiremama says:

    I have so much respect and admiration for the Jolie-Pitt family. Really, is it THAT difficult to understand why Brad would want to move from the vapidness of JA to a partner more suited for him, physically, emotionally, and philanthrophically?!I have been Jolie fan since Gia/Girl, Interupted fame, and while her personal life has been submitted to the extremest scrutiny (so glad no one was following ME around during my crazy years!) she has come through it with grace, poise, and a steadfast committment to making the world a better place. Some people talk the talk, and never walk the walk. She has been actively WALKING it for well over a decade now.

    • Mr.Smurf says:

      I completely get it. JA doesn’t seem like she is interested in anything BUT tanning, smoking, drinking, and yoga. I don’t feel like I can actually have a real conversation with her. I mean I’m not as well read as Angelina is on the UN, what’s going on in the world, but I bet you I’d do a lot better than JA. She just seems so vapid.

      You don’t have to be a genius to have an intelligent conversation. In interviews you don’t have to talk about your personal life all the time…I mean does JA have charities that she supports? If anything you’d think she’d at least talk about them, to raise up support. I don’t think I’ve ever read an interview about her when she wasn’t talking about her weight, hair, workout routine, skincare, Cabo, her boyfriend, or how she’s playing Rachel for the hundredth time.

      • bettyrose says:

        In the world of eternal high school, I’ve always thought JA was the head cheerleader, AJ is the girl who smokes behind the bleachers, and BP is the popular kid who realizes he wants more than social status. That’s the way the press played it for years, but in reality BP & AJ seem to have a deeper spiritual/intellectual connection than most Hollywood types ever get to experience.

      • Hakura says:

        Unfortunately, so many celebs sign their names to charities just to make themselves look good. JA is totally self-absorbed, as are most celebs. If it doesn’t revolve around them, of benefit their career/bank account in some way, it doesn’t matter to them.

        The description ‘Eternal highschool’ is brilliant, & totally true.

    • Aud says:

      It’s always interesting to observe how, at some point in the comment thread, the subject has to switch to JA and her former husband and so on.
      Really people, get over it already.
      Everyone is entitled to their own thing. If JA doesn’t want to traipse around to every developing and war torn country, that’s her prerogative, just like it is Jolie’s to open schools.
      Leave it at that.

  19. Asiyah says:

    I love this. I absolutely, without a doubt, love this. I’m all emotional.

  20. Daahling says:

    Love her! She is so inspiring!

  21. boredbrit says:

    I love her even more now.

  22. Georgina says:

    Say what you will about her past, but I think Angelina has become such a wonderful person. She has opened her heart and home to adopted children and consistently puts her money where her mouth is when it comes to her causes. She has donated above and beyond financially and also pitches in her time as well. She’s a wonderful example to other women.

  23. nicegirl says:

    WOW. thank you! this is WHAT IT IS, yo

  24. lucy2 says:

    That’s awesome. I don’t personally like the style of the jewelry, but I hope it sells well and the schools benefit. Educating young girls is a big deal in bringing positive change to struggling areas.
    I have to applaud the teachers who will work there as well, probably while facing some cultural backlash too.

    • Hakura says:

      I mean NO offense to AJ, but the jewelry is really ‘gaudy’ xD My only other problem with it is that you know it’ll be beyond the average person’s price range.

      I would support it by getting the studs or something, but there’s just no way I could afford them. =<

  25. LAK says:

    Grazia is as reliable as The Globe.

    Brava to Angelina.

  26. Samigirl says:

    Say what you want about her, she does a lot of good for a lot of people who wouldn’t have these opportunities otherwise. Good on you, Angie.

  27. Sam says:

    Other celebrities should take note. This is how charity should actually be done. It addresses an incredibly pressing need in a way other than throwing money at it. It’s a concrete step towards bettering Afghanistan and working against the Taliban ever being able to recapture power. She deserves kudos for this, because it actually will make a difference for the girls who get to go there.

    I doubt any of this will make a difference to Chelsea Handler and the Aniston squad though. Jolie could personally negotiate peace in the Middle East, save the whales and end nuclear proliferation and they’d still say she’s evil.

    • Janet says:

      I don’t think Angie gives a tin fart what Chelsea Handler and the Aniston squad say about her, and it probably drives them crazy. Good on Angie. She is who she is.

      • Kristen says:

        Ok, “tin fart”? Hahahahaha! You made me snort my wine! And I love what AJ is doing for these girls. As their kids grow they will have something that they can look at and be so proud of their mom. What a wonderful example to set for your children.

    • Hakura says:

      …And what amazing selfless act of beautiful charity have Chelsea & Jen done today? Oh, you threw your gum wrapper in the trash instead of on the ground? Go to the movies then discard the 3D glasses to be recycled instead of thrown away? Clean up after your dog while on a walk?

      I take it back. They’re obviously pillars of the community, deserving of our admiration & support.

  28. EmmaV1 says:

    I think people mentioned above, but she has some other girl’s schools in Africa too, so she’s been doing this consistently, and at least so far, none of her schools have had issues like Oprah and Madonna’s schools have (knocks on wood).

    By the way, let me just post the mandatory, “omg, Jolie looks so deathly ill. Can you believe the refugees in that picture weigh more than she does?! I’m actually concerned about her rather than trying to make a snarky comment/slam her.”

  29. Bijlee says:

    She’s fantastic. Such a kind hearted person. She loves her kids and does good in the world foir everyone else too. She’s just amazing.

  30. Mr.Smurf says:

    Not to hijack the thread, but since this is a post about a girl’s school and our favorite Ange, I thought I’d share my ACT scores, since I almost interact with you guys as much as my own family.

    My mom and dad are already at work, and I’m actually a little excited, so I wanted to share.

    Here, we go. My overall score was 24, which was a lot better than I was expecting. I was homeschooled for two years of high school, then put back into public school- which messed up my schedule. I’m in eleventh grade, and I hadn’t taken algebra 2 or chemistry-which is where I messed up on the test. My homeschooling curriculm didn’t do that until later, so I was expecting not to do so good.

    I actually did pretty decent on them, I was one point under what I needed as a benchmark in science, but four points under in math. Math will ruin me…I am just not good in it at all. I pass the class with a low b because I do the homework.

    So I’m actually pretty excited, though I think I will retake the ACTs, I’m just glad I didn’t completely fail it. My scores say i’m in the 80th percentile in the state, and in the 74th percentile in the US. If I had actually had chemistry and algebra 2 I think I would have done a lot better….thanks for the support.

    • MoxyLady007 says:

      Kicking butt Mr Smurf! The ACT I thought was harder structure wise than the SAT. Good for you on your scores!

    • boredbrit says:

      I’m terrible at maths too! Don’t let it throw you, it’s just a case of practicing until you’ve seen the different types of questions they could give you. Trust me, a good foundation in maths is so helpful for other things, wish I listened to everyone who told me that! I bet your parents are happy!

      • Mr.Smurf says:

        Thanks ladies (and some men). Now I need some advice. Do any of you think that I should take my GED this summer to finish school early? I’m a year behind in school because of my school’s stupid homeschooling policies, and I really just want to get done with high school, and go on to college.

        I’ve been thinking about going to a local community college, it’s Gogebic and it’s only two hours away from where I live and is a lot cheaper. I’m doing nursing (hopefully). My gpa was good for the school, they say the high school grade point average was 2.58, and I have a 3.25.

        Any advice?

        Oh and for those who were thinking happy thoughts for Mrs. Caspary, she’s doing a lot better now….it seems it was just a short stomach bug, she hasn’t been sick since then. She has to go to the hospital on the 17th, so I hope everything will be all good then.

        Lastly on Angelina. God I love her. I seriously think she is one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen. I love her philanthropy, she’s seriously one of those women who lead by example. I wish/hope I could be like her. She was so self destructive in her youth, and now she’s found something to channel her energy into. Plus I’m jealous of her kids who can speak French. I’m in French 2, and it’s hard. It also doesn’t help that half the class is failing because they don’t study and complain all the time.

        I hope I can go to france one day, my mom has friends there.

        In honor of my love for French, La Mome Piaf, Hymne a l’amour

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBjctartwBQ

    • marie says:

      good for you! (I’m awful at math too, it was the bane of my existence in school)

    • Asiyah says:

      Congrats!
      ¡Felicidades!
      Felicitations!
      Mabrook!

    • bluecalling says:

      aguri!

      and hijack away.

      and NO. do NOT do the GED to finish early. is there another pressing reason to do your GED? army? a job waiting for you that you are guaranteed (i.e. helping run a family business???). a GED is NOT equivalent to a HS degree. do NOT do it. I considered it as a teen as well to “get it over with” but that is not the way to go.

      If you want to get ahead, you can do some courses at a communicaty college (if one is close to you) or something equivalent (too bad summer school is not just school in the summer for anyone who wants to attend… see, i really really considered this before).

      Speak to your guidance counselor if he or she is knowledgable. If not, finish high school. Press a little harder and try to get into the advance standing / AP classes for every class you can. the work is worth it, trust me.

      if money is an issue for college (i guess the application season will be here soon)… consider schools not only in the USA… it is getting expensive here. look at canada, europe, even australia… if you are not afraid to be away from home. also, look at schools (in the usa) that are state/public and those that give good financial aid (the ones you think you cannot afford sometimes give the best aid).

      either way, your world can be as big as you want it. start building a strong foundation now.

      i will stop the lecture now :)

      congratulations,
      definitely something you should share.

      • Mr.Smurf says:

        It’s really just so I can finish “early” and continue on, since I’m supposed to be a senior this year. This summer and next year, I’m going to be studying at home with the school’s online/homeschooling materials, so that’ll go well. I like just doing the work and getting it done. I guess I can also try and find a job while I’m at it.

        The only community college around here is the Gogebic, which I mentioned upthread. I want to study nursing, there would be the best place since it’s really cheap- 3500 a year, or so it says on my sheet. I guess I’ll have to stop being lazy and look it up.

      • Kath says:

        Hi,

        I agree that you shouldn’t go down the GED route, but if you are worried that you are losing time by staying in school for longer – DON’T!

        One good option is doing a few subjects via online learning, such as via Oregon State’s ecampus, or any number of other good universities. It’s not expensive to do a few subjects online as a non-admitted student, and you can then transfer the credits to other schools once you are formally admitted.

        I really wouldn’t worry about losing a year by finishing high school properly. You would be much, MUCH better off in the long run by finishing high school properly.. and believe me, you have more time than you think you do!

        I finished high school when I was 16 and went straight on to university. BIG MISTAKE. Being 16 among a bunch of 20-25 year olds was just weird. I could have graduated from uni when I was 19, but I stuffed around and dropped a lot of subjects and ended up graduating at 21. Made no difference in the long run, and now I’m in my 30s, I’m studying again!

        Hang in there and ENJOY. I remember ranting as a 15 year old that I would never need to use chemistry and maths again… but now I wish I’d done more!

      • Girlattorney says:

        CONGRATULATIONS! You live in the U.P., right? As a former Yooper overachiever myself, I would echo everybody else’s advice to stick it out for the HS diploma. You never know what might happen in life, except that the economy up there is SO bad (it’s worse now than it was when I grew up there, which is saying a lot) that I think it doesn’t make sense to hobble yourself if nursing doesn’t work out for some reason; it’ll be a lot easier to get into Michigan Tech or NMU, or go downstate or someplace else completely if you have a diploma.

    • phlyfiremama says:

      There is a mentoring programming called STEM~Science Technology Engineering and Math that is geared towards helping girls enter into these fields more. Pay it forward!!!

  31. karmasabiatch! says:

    Incredible.

    I’ve never been a fan of Jolie’s (despite her undeniable beauty, I’m not down with chicks who pursue taken men, a la LeAnn Rimes, January Jones, etc.), but I can’t deny my admiration for her philanthropy. She clearly has a desire to give back, instead of behaving like the standard navel-contemplating celeb.

    Whenever I see a tabloid story trying to perpetuate the Aniston/Pitt-Jolie “rivalry”, it gives me major eye roll. Clearly, Jolie spends her spare time in more worthwhile pursuits than trying to upstage her SO’s ex. Slow clap for the difference she is making in the lives of those less fortunate. Great story and I love most of the jewelry she’s created. The emerald studs are to die for!

    • Jazz Fabulous says:

      Um, Jolie didn’t “pursue” Brad Pitt. BOTH initiated the relationship together. And do NOT put Jolie in the same sentence with Leann Rimes. Good god.

    • Janet says:

      Did it ever occur to you that it may have been Brad who pursued her and not the other way around?

    • Mona says:

      Um, she didn’t persue him. That tabloid lie was debunked long ago. Brad and Aniston split after Aniston chose a career over her marriage. Aniston jumped Vince Vaughn’s bones while she was still legally married. Months later, after she filed for divorce, BRAD persued Angelina and FOLLOWED *HER* over the globe. Baring false witness and smearing an innocent person is as evil as homewrecking. Speaking of which, Aniston is like Rimes. Aniston seduced Justin Theroux on set of Wanderlust and stole him from Heidi Bivens, breaking up a FOURTEEN YEAR life partnership with assets, a home and a history. I think you’ve confused the two. Aniston is the one who persues taken men. Not Angelina. Perhaps you should get your facts straight in future before smearing a good woman whom it was proven did nothing at all wrong. Far from judging Angelina, you will face judgment for spreading vexatious lies about another human being. Look in the mirror. Angelina is a more moral person than you.

      • karmasabiatch! says:

        @ Mona…

        I appreciate the opposing views voiced by Jazz fabulous and janet, but you turned my comment into straight-up ad hominem attack.

        Maybe time to get those meds adjusted, hun? *eye roll* Gotta love stans.

      • Hakura says:

        Whoa, whoa, whoa. Everyone calm down. You’re reacting as though Karmasabiatch! was calling AJ the Anti-Christ, or Satan or something. She was *not*.

        It was a simple mistake, which we ALL make, considering we’re getting all these rumors from different sources,plus it’s been awhile since all that went down.

        You guys corrected her on the issue, now it’s time to move along instead of being unnecessarily bitchy & judgmental. Everyone just take a deeeep breath. if that doesn’t help, everyone should go dig the bongs out of the back of their closets before commenting again. xD the whole thing is no big deal.

        Not worth flipping out over.

      • Mona says:

        Perhaps if you stopped to think that we get at least one person commenting on it on every Jolie or Aniston post in the last 8 years, you just might understand the frustration. smh

      • karmasabiatch! says:

        @ Hakura…

        A day late, but thanks for the assist. Apparently you were the only chick here who read the nice things pointed out in my post? Wow, that was way harsh. Thanks & agree about smoking it out, lol!

      • Hakura says:

        @Karmasabiatch! – Anytime =D And I think the world would probably be a much ‘nicer’ place if everyone spent some time in the back of their closets xD Granted nothing would ever get done, but we’d still be ‘happy’ xD

    • Emma - the JP Lover says:

      @Karmasabiatch!, who wrote: “I’ve never been a fan of Jolie’s (despite her undeniable beauty, I’m not down with chicks who pursue taken men, a la LeAnn Rimes, January Jones, etc.),”

      … ,Jennifer Aniston, etc.

      • Mona says:

        I know! That is what irritates me beyond all words. Aniston is a two-times homewrecker (Tate Donovan/Sandra Bullock and Justin Theroux/Heidi Bivens) yet for some reason this is never, ever mentioned, people gloss over it. If anyone is well-known for going after taken men, its Aniston. But she is NEVER mentioned in the lists. Heck shes homewrecked double Leann rimes has.

  32. Green_Eyes says:

    Angelina herself is an example to every young woman out there that feels alone, goes into dark places (emotionally when they can feel at all), cut themselves to feel, and everything else young girls go thru and feel lost. She may have seemed to have it all, but when your in that place you have nothing. She herself had said seeing the children suffering as she did helped her find her way because what she went thru emotionally felt small compared to seeing the harm inflicted on others and she stopped the self mutilation because she realized life was precious, harming herself seemed selfish. She still had a sense of searching for something..but meeting Pax in his crib she knew her heart was home. By
    channeling what she was going thru into helping others she empowered herself.

    Now she is empowering young women who are deemed property by some w/ the
    the ability to see their self worth due to an education and the difference they can make for themselves, their families, community, etc with the education they receive. A curious mind that is well informed is a powerful thing. I have always
    loved Angelina & though she is younger than i , but not old enough to be my daughter, I have always thought good or bad, I wish I had a daughter like her. Because she has always been
    upfront with her problems & doesn’t sugar coat. My niece could be her dead ringer from the time she was 18 (Ironically my great niece looked just
    Shiloh when she was born). Maybe now my niece & sister will understand what I saw in Angelina yrs ago. She could have continued her path of cutting to feel.. But she had something click within seeing the true suffrage of others. She really is a woman’s woman, girl’s girl in things that matter… For those in dark places who think life’s hopeless, she is a woman that proves you can overcome. For those who may not have known they are far more valuable than a few cows to be traded (etc), will know their mind & self worth have endless possibilities & economic value.

    Sorry emotional & teary eyed… How far Angelina has traveled on her path in life & the path she continues to travel … Is very inspiring. (have a close family member now that is experimenting to feel something anything .. I have been trying to get her to help thru charities in hope she too finds her way by seeing others pain, loss, or injustice).

  33. MAC says:

    I just went to Procops web page the items under their collaboration collection are pretty. I wonder what they will cost? Can you tell I like the style. LOL.

    Nice to have news that brings a smile to my face. Glad to see the school and the dedication plaque they put up. Keep going Angie the world needs women who are speaking up.

  34. sharylmj says:

    GOD BLESS THE JOLIE-PITT FOUNDATION!! Angelina and Brad take the time to actually GO PLACES to see up close and personal what needs to be done and then they put their money directly to the places that need help. I love these philanthropists… keep going, you are such a blessing to so many who are suffering so much in this life.

  35. doofus says:

    a very nice thing to do. good for her.

    now, for some controversy… ;)

    I saw a pic of her that (I THINK) was from when she was already back from her trip, and she was still wearing the gold band, not the engagement sparkler.

    I STILL think they’re already married. :)

    • cs says:

      Most of the comments here today were so positive. It made me proud to know that many understand the real definition of a “girly girl”. I have to admit some comments were very emotional especially those coming from Kenya. How fortunate we are being born in the US and other parts of the world that don’t endure this type torture for just being born female. I’m also proud to be a JP fan.

  36. Mar says:

    She is so amazing. I don’t care what anyone says- this is a person out to make a difference -

  37. KellyinSeattle says:

    Just when I thought I couldn’t love her more…she is so effortlessly an exceptional woman. I didn’t know she has a jewelry line…good to know that the proceeds will benefit others , unlike some stars who have fashion lines and pocket the money.

  38. Mich says:

    Gee. Where are all of the posters saying she is a “fame whore” or something equally disparaging?

    Rock on Ange!

    • Abby says:

      @ Mich, this story does not fit their narrative as Jolie as a “fame-whore”. Notice how some blogs barely even cover it.

      Despite their arguments otherwise, the fact is that Jolie does an incredible amount of humanitarian work with little to no fanfare. As ana at post #7 mentioned, Jolie already built a girls’ school in Kenya years ago. There were no headlines, no star-studded events or anything grand announcing it other than the UNHCR – as always. See link for info – http://www.unhcr.org/3daae1974.html

      There are other stories from visitors of the Kenya school but I posted the UNHCR link.

      As for the occasions when the media is used to raise public awareness, thereby to raise funds for UNHCR or incite public activism, henceforth the so called “fame-whoring”, well I’m not sure what other means is available when Jolie’s job in the UNHCR is to use her celebrity and the media to well, bring the issues at hand to the public’s attention, and put a spotlight on it.

      Anyway, as always haters gonna hate.

      But Angie is truly inspiring. And as another article I read mentioned, this is her second school in Afghanistan so she never ceases to amaze. How she keeps track of all of her activities around the world? Well, Brad says she is very well organized and I’m sure Holly is invaluable to her.
      Anyway, I am looking forward to updates on some of the other (and equally quiet) projects that the JPs have coming over the next few years.

  39. Kelly says:

    I just love Angelina!! If any actor should get into politics, it is her!!

    • Hipocricy says:

      I don’t want her to go into politics eventhough i think she has the intellect and charisma to be in charge but i don’t want her to do that cause politics corrupt people one way or another.

      It will taint her and i like her the way she is : like a wild flower, free to do her own thing according her heart, marching to her own drums.

      She wouldn’t be able to do this if she enters politics as her role now encompass every side of the political spectrum and she stays above it and relatively unscattered by it.

      However i am all for her getting an even bigger phylantropist roles over the years, towards those type of causes she value the most because it touches the vulnerability of the weakest folks : women, children and refugees.

  40. Hipocricy says:

    I love women like Jolie and many others who do valuable things that help advancing our cause, that empower women and future women to prevail on our numerous struggles to make the world a better place for us and for future future generations of females worldwide.

    This is sisterhood with a capital S.

  41. Thinker says:

    She clearly spends a great deal of time and money, but most importantly thoughtfulness in her international commitments. Serious about the causes she holds dear I think her attitude towards these commitments has a devotional, nearly religious quality that makes it so apparent she’s acting on behalf of her soul.

    I think she would be a fascinating woman to know. I appreciate tremendously her priorities: family, causes, educational growth that includes close, regular and intimate interaction with the world surrounding her, especially the way she’s giving her family a full and worldly upbringing. She’s a universalist if ever I saw one, and I find it very sincere and disarming.

    Letting her career take a back seat in recent years, somehow I think this school will have a great deal more thought behind it than other celebrity school endeavors. (Oprah, Madonna come to mind as failures of elephant proportions…)

  42. F5 says:

    .forget the school, did you read that blind?? O__0

  43. Remember The '80s says:

    It has taken me years, YEARS to come around to Ms. Jolie. But my ice cold Grinchy heart has thawed. My past grudges have dissolved. She is human, like the rest of us, capable of much good and of compassion for these little girls who need it so much. I guess the takeaway for myself here (and others) is when people publicly defile, demean and degrade you, just keep working to let your inner light shine. Don’t waste your energy trying to silence the small-minded people. Work toward helping others. History will see you in the way you were meant to be seen.

  44. Ginger says:

    I believe she is a shining example of someone who has really turned their life around and I find her inspirational time and again.

    • Hipocricy says:

      Agree.

      And i have noticed that over the years, as she is maturing and becoming a mother, she has that constant glowing and content smile on her face.

      She seems always zen in every circumstances even when surrounded by a a crazy crowd of paps, like a woman who is in a great place in her life, especially when it comes to her causes, and has that quiet confidence and strength, rising above all the Hollywood pettiness, juvenile gossip, fakery and futility, doing her own thing without letting all these stuffs distracting her from what is important.

  45. duncecap says:

    The headline about this on MSN says it all: “Jolie opens school but all eyes are on her ring!”

    It’s very telling that Jolie can pour her heart into her philanthropy but all the mainstream media cares about is the vapid stuff.

  46. sam25 says:

    I’m shocked that there’s only a few hate posts. Usually Angelina stories are majority hate filled. I think Angelina has built other schools in Cambodia and Vietnam but I could be wrong. I will never understand why people call her a mediawhore or does charity for the tax breaks. If I was that easy, a lot more people would do it.

  47. Mr.Smurf says:

    Interview of Angelina and Hague on the warzone rape.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xfTHYflPFc

  48. TOPgirl says:

    Angelina Jolie is one Magnificient woman!! Chelsea Handler, you can SUCK IT!! She’s a girls girl!!!

  49. AY says:

    I love this woman and I will always be amazed by her big heart. She really does things to help those needed. May God bless her and her family.

  50. manly says:

    love and respect for jolie.

  51. doofus says:

    One more post…

    Some of you, and I think you know who you are, need to CHILL OUT.

    it’s one thing to be a fan, and admire her work, and effusively praise her for it. but its entirely another to freak out on a poster who has a differing opinion.

    I’ve said this before but it bears repeating.

    The truth is that NO ONE KNOWS for sure what went on between the unholy triangle (except the three involved). We’ve heard all sides’ versions (and the tabloids’) but who knows how truly accurate each one is. Maybe Pitt and Jolie got down on set. Maybe they didn’t. Maybe Pitt pursued and Jolie said “not until you’re effectively single”. Maybe Jolie pursued and Pitt said “wait until I’m single”. (My theory is that BP and JA were stagnating, Pitt and Jolie met and Pitt had a “moment” where he realized what he had been looking for.)

    We also don’t know for sure what went on btwn JA, Theroux and Bivens. Maybe Bivens knew, for all intents and purposes, that Theroux had already checked out of the relationship when he met JA. Or maybe it was one of them pursuing and the other putting on the brakes until single-dom. Maybe Theroux had a moment like my theorized “moment” that Pitt had.

    We also don’t know what went down between Jolie, BBT and Laura Dern.

    Or Dern, BBT and whoever he was with before Dern.

    Timelines can be fuzzy, people. And as SO MANY have pointed out, a person cannot be “stolen”. It was true for Aniston/Pitt/Jolie and its true for Bivens/Theroux/Aniston. You can’t have it both ways. Either they’re ALL homewreckers, or none of them are.

    People need to stop taking this all so personally. None of the famous folks involved give a “tin fart” (love that!) about your attack on or defense of them. You’re not going to have your fan club card revoked for just letting some comments go.

    Can’t we all just get along? I know, I know…not on these threads. But please, at least don’t attack each other.

    *rant over*

  52. Paige says:

    Nothing like Idolizing. There are so many celebs who give generously. They just arent highlighted on here. I dont think AJ gives any more or less.

    • lisa2 says:

      I wish you would also post regarding the hate directed at her. She has done nothing to anyone to deserve that. Nothing any more or less then many celebrities.

      but funny it is such a problem if she gets positive comments.

    • Hipocricy says:

      No offence but people’s degree of feeling towards X or Y is by essence legitimate and personal.

      Nobody has a right to tell anyone how to love or hate anyone they admire or despise.

      People have been idolizing things and people since the beginning of time, wether it’s God, Hitler, Elvis, Monroe, Charles Manson, mother Theresa, their mother,their partner, their child, ect…it’s their prerogative and nobody has a right to tell them or school them about the degree of love/worship/idoliszation they feel towards X or Y.

      • Paige says:

        Well I can understand admiring someone but idolization is somewhat unhealthy isnt it?
        @ Lisa 2: why would I put hate filled comments on here? Your continuous defense of someone you don’t know is admirable. Respect that others may or may not feel the same as you.

  53. WendyNerd says:

    This is amazing.

    Someday, if I ever get the money and resources, I’d like to start a school for victims of human trafficking— male, female, adult and child. I’d like it to be in the US somewhere and have those who were victims and don’t have any education to be able to have a place where they’re not only offered education, but health care and psychological care. I’d like to be able to educate them to at least a GED level and employ therapists and doctors to treat them for the wounds and diseases they suffered because of their time in captivity.

    Schools are wonderful because they not only empower people who need it, but they provide sanctuary for people. That’s why it always pisses me off when people talk shit about Oprah and her school—- THE GIRLS IN SOUTH AFRICA NEEDED IT MORE THAN THE KIDS HERE.

    The things these people have to endure are mind-bogglingly horrible— Genital mutilation, slavery, rampant rape and underage marriage, abuse and oppression. So many of these kids endure things unimaginable and if they dare to fight back, and it is so hard to fight back often because of retaliation.

    The best way to fight the atrocities people have to deal with is through empowerment— not just through education, but economics as well. Oftentimes, women’s lives have been turned around thanks to business loans. “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” by Sheryl Wudunn and Nicholas D. Kristoff explores this brilliantly. The Girl Effect charity is also really fantastic on this issue.

    http://www.girleffect.org/explore/taking-the-girl-effect-to-scale/data-factsheet-2012

  54. lisa2 says:

    My favorite saying..

    Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; show him how to catch fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.

    Education is for a lifetime :)

  55. ??? says:

    I applaud Jolie for doing this. But one of the first thoughts that came to my mind was, “Do the school and grounds have a proper security contingent in place for students and staff?”
    Though it’s located in an area on the outskirts of Kabul that does have a large refugee population, I fear that the establishment of this school won’t go unnoticed by Afghan militants and Islamic fundamentalists — especially considering it’s a school for young girls, which just so happens to be founded by an American film actress.
    Again, this is a wonderful act of goodwill on Jolie’s part — it’s a bridge that holds promise. But it becomes apparent just how complicated an undertaking it is when you begin to weigh the many variables involved over the short- and long-term. Hopefully, media coverage will be kept to a minimum.