Angelina Jolie has been the face of Guerlain for years, but it was only this year that she became involved in one of Guerlain’s coolest side-projects, Women for Bees. It’s a project based in France where Guerlain is funding beekeeping lessons for women. Women get to “graduate” from beekeeping school, and this year, Angelina passed out the diplomas. She wore a beekeeper’s ensemble for the ceremony and apparently Vogue was on hand to document it all. They also scored an interview with Jolie in which she’s promoting her latest cause: protect the bees, help the bees thrive.
Angelina Jolie, 46, discussed the significance of bees as the insect population dwindles in a video interview with Vogue, published Tuesday. The Eternals star was named the godmother of UNESCO and Guerlain’s Women for Bees program in March, and recently met with members of the program’s first class at l’Observatoire Français d’Apidologie (OFA) in Provence, France for their graduation.
“I thought I knew something about bees and beekeeping and training, and I thought I understood the importance,” Jolie began. “But really, when you really dig into it and you really start to learn about what, for example, what we would lose, 30% of the honey bees disappearing. Had we not had the beekeepers and the work of places like OFA, we would lose them. What happens when we lose them? What happens when we lose them all?”
Opening up about the buzzy cause, Jolie said she was drawn to the initiative because the pollinators affect us all. “I wasn’t a young environmentalist, right? I’m more a humanist. I’ve been very active in displacement in the, the politics of, you know fighting against persecution. But it always leads back to environment. Even displaced people are often displaced because of the damage to the environment.”
After spending time with the Women for Bees class members at the hive and learning, Jolie said she was inspired – and hopes others will be to –to do more to protect and preserve the bee population, which is responsible for a third of the global food supply.
“There are ways that individuals could keep some bees or at least have some flowers or dedicate some part of their life or time to the awareness and the, and the encouragement of these kind of programs,” she said. “Today, here, you felt a family. I would like to think that programs like this will be happening all over the world. So maybe this is the bees. Maybe there’s the tree planting. I hope there are many, and I hope they overlap. And I hope it’s just the new way we live.”
I’m just happy that Angelina used “humanist” correctly. Remember when there was this weird celebrity trend where they would say sh-t like “I’m not a feminist, I’m a humanist”? Jolie has always been more focused on humans and the human condition, and she’s never really made any environmental or animal rights cause her own before now. But I love that she’s getting involved with bees, and this is a perfect fit for her. In the VENN diagram of her interests, it’s about empowering women, the connection between bees and humans, UNESCO and her own sponsor, Guerlain.
Here’s the Vogue video:
Photos courtesy of Vogue.