Angelina Jolie covers the digital issue of Vogue to promote Atelier Jolie

Yay! This had been rumored for a few months, this Angelina Jolie-Vogue cover. Honestly, this should have been a cover for the print edition, either the September or October issue. But here we are, Jolie covering the “digital issue.” Angelina is promoting her big new project: Atelier Jolie, the refugee fashion collective she announced several months back. She will employ refugee artists and artisans to create clothing lines and capsule collections, all using deadstock and sustainable materials. The first Atelier Jolie project will be a capsule collection with Gabriela Hearst. You can read the full Vogue piece here – it’s amazing, and there’s a real emphasis on how her kids are very involved too. Zahara gave her approval to lease Basquiat’s old studio, and Pax has done some art/design work for the atelier.

Atelier Jolie is not about her: “I’ve met a lot of artisans over the years—very capable, talented people—and I’d like to see them grow,” Jolie says as she gives me a tour of the space before the contractors go to work. Her list of collaborators includes the London-based milliner Justin Smith, the American artist Duke Riley, and South African lacemaker Pierre Fouché—but, she says, “it’s not really about fashion.” Nor is Atelier Jolie about her, she is quick to add. “I don’t want to be a big fashion designer. I want to build a house for other people to become that.”

Her children. “I was 26 when I became a mother. My entire life changed. Having children saved me—and taught me to be in this world differently. I think, recently, I would’ve gone under in a much darker way had I not wanted to live for them. They’re better than me, because you want your children to be. Of course I’m the mother, and hopefully that safe place for them and that stability. But I’m also the one that they laugh at—and I see them taking over so many different aspects of our family.”

She’s not into fashion, actually: “There are more books than clothes in my closet. I’m not someone who likes clothes to consume her life. And I don’t love the idea of being ‘influenced.’ I find it slightly funny that we are involved in fashion—I don’t think any one of us is overly ‘fashionable,’ ” she says, referring to both herself and her children. “But because we live in our clothes, it is so much a part of who we are, and something that’s important to explore, especially for young people. I’ve always wanted to take my family to a place where I can say: Does your clothing really represent you? Absolutely you? And do you love it? I think the average person would not think it does. But I think tailoring does that for you.”

How she helps her kids be themselves: “I don’t tell the kids how to dress. Even when they were little, I just put things in front of them.” The same goes for public appearances: “Nobody has to go anywhere if they don’t want to, and if they don’t want to dress up, they don’t have to.”

Moving beyond the UNHCR: “I’ve spent over 20 years of my life working on foreign policy, and aid relief, and displacement, and laws pertaining to refugees, and I kept watching the same situation get worse and the same cycles continue. Now I want to shift the focus and look at how we can work in partnership with people around the world to bring not just skills training, but actual business partnership. I don’t really believe the current system is working.”

The Hearst-Jolie capsule collection: The capsule includes a dramatic floor-length velvet cape, and an adult-size version of Jolie’s baby crochet smock handmade by the craftspeople at La Fabrique Nomade, an organization in Paris that works with refugees. Jolie’s trademark silk slip dress emerges through a broad range of nude shades—the suggestion of Zahara, who has struggled to find the right match for her dark brown skin tone. “Obviously, as a white woman, I’ve never had this experience. It never crossed my mind until we went shopping together and I saw that there’s so much room for improvement.” (A full 84 percent of the collection is made using sustainable and ethical materials.)

Dressing soft: “Sometimes the way you dress says, ‘Don’t mess with me—I’ve got my armor on,.’ But I want a woman to feel safe enough that she can be soft. After I went through something where I was hurt, I had a therapist ask if I would try wearing a flowing garment. Sounds silly, but I assumed that pants and boots projected a ‘tougher’ look, a stronger me. But was I strong enough to be soft? At the time, no. I felt vulnerable. Now I wonder if I don’t know what my style is because I’m still understanding who I am at 48. I guess I’m in transition as a person… I feel a bit down these days. I don’t feel like I’ve been myself for a decade, in a way, which I don’t want to get into.”

Seven years ago: She took a step back from acting “seven years ago, only taking jobs that didn’t require long shoots. We had a lot of healing to do. We’re still finding our footing.” Atelier Jolie is part of this process, it seems. “I think part of this has also been therapeutic for me—to work in a creative space with people you trust and to rediscover yourself,” she says. “I’m hoping to change many aspects of my life. And this is the forward-facing one.”

[From Vogue]

Gabriela Hearst is also part of the interview, and it’s clear that the two women became fast friends who adore each other in a very real way. Angelina even says that she’s not someone who has a lot of girlfriends, but it’s clear that Hearst is someone special (as is Salma Hayek, who also seems to be someone Jolie can count on these days). Angelina also confirms in the interview that she’s going apartment-hunting in New York with her kids, so there absolutely will be a move or a bicoastal situation now. I love that for her, a fresh start in New York, with her kids and a new business and new friends. It’s what she needs. Her ex is such a f–king toxic douche.

Cover & IGs courtesy of Vogue.

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  1. CJW says:

    Love the picture with Pax and Z

  2. Pinkosaurus says:

    OMG the cape and the gold dress 😍 She looks like an oil painting of a goddess. I’m so glad this initiative is getting the coverage it deserves.

  3. Sierra says:

    She looks breathtaking and happy and it’s good to see her children being involved in this.

    Angie seems to have a handful of best female friends and that is totally normal. I am the same, only few close friends.

    Angie is thriving while Brad is going downhill, karma is definitely doing her job.

  4. girl_ninja says:

    This shouldn’t just be a print edition, this one of Vogue’s best covers in a long time. Angelina continues to grow and evolve and is doing great work.

    • Lurker25 says:

      Yes 100% ! Best cover in a VERY long time. Why TF was this not the September cover? It’s absolutely stunning.

    • Jais says:

      Yep. Should’ve been the print edition. Such a cool cover.

    • Raven says:

      Your right this is one of Vogue’s best covers in a very long time, U.S. Vogue need to get back to doing these types of fun energetic covers.

  5. MrsCope says:

    I’ve never wanted to hug Angelina more than this article made me. The pain, healing and vulnerability in those answers….

    • ariel says:

      I feel like the brad pitt whitewashed versions we have heard of his abuse- and even things she has talked about in vague terms- are just the tip of the iceberg.
      There was a whole hellscape that she probably stayed in for a period of time before the flight where she must have felt her life and her childrens’ lives were in danger.
      He really is a monster.

  6. Zut Alors says:

    I just ❤️ her. So happy to see her and the kids thriving and moving up and onward

  7. HeatherC says:

    I love this interview and her approach to just about everything. I hadn’t thought, myself, of the dressing softer part, it’s something for me to think about.

    Sigh, now we’ll have to deal with a new slew of toxic douche interviews and leaks on how Brad is dealing with everything (he caused) and how he feels (about what he caused). I fear the mention of a bicoastal living situation may bring new “parental alienation” slurs bandied about by Team Armpitt.

    • Sierra says:

      Nah, Brad can’t say anything about the kids anymore because the youngest are older than 14. The legal age in California to decide whether they want to stay in contact with a parent.

      All of the children have emancipated from him and he himself sold the house and moved away from the LA house.

      Plus the children will speak in public if he used them in his pr games.

  8. Ameerah M says:

    Love that picture of her with Zahara and Pax. She has done an amazing job as a mother navigating a situation that has been so nasty (on her a**-hole ex’s part) and public. The trauma she and the kids have experience will take a while to heal and it makes me want to give her a big hug hearing how lost she feels and trying to rediscover herself. Sooo many women experience this after leaving abusive relationships.

  9. Wilma says:

    I just love her. These photos are beautiful, the interview is thoughtful. My Jolie heart is happy and I hope this project will make her very content.

  10. Isolde says:

    Such an interesting woman. She never stops to amaze me.

  11. s808 says:

    can’t believe this isn’t a print issue!

  12. lucy2 says:

    Beautiful photos.
    It’s a good idea and I hope it does well for the people she’s trying to help.

  13. Glamarazzi says:

    Gorgeous photos in this story – as expected with AJ, she is always so mesmerizing. So glad her Atelier is close to launching, I’m excited to see what they have on offer.

  14. Mireille says:

    I. love. everything. about. this. interview. She’s not into fashion, she doesn’t force her kids to wear anything they don’t want to wear. Well of course Angie is ridiculously photogenic, but the best photo is the one with her beautiful family.

  15. Jk says:

    She’s unbelievably gorgeous.

    It’s heartbreaking what she has had to deal with and is still going through with Brad, the abuser. I hope he loses big time in court.

  16. Amy Bee says:

    I agree with Kaiser this should have been a print cover.

  17. Kel says:

    Obsessed with her!! Angelina never appears and is always quiet but when she appears she breaks everything. I wish happiness and love for her and her family.

  18. Aidee Kay says:

    That pic with AJ, Z, and Pax is everything. All the love on all of their faces. Those kids know their mother loves and adores them. They are safe w her. After the horror they went through w their father, it must be so good to know they have one parent who is phenomenal, reliable, stable, and will always put them first.
    That said, my heart hurts that Angelina is still hurting. Ofc she is, but I hope she heals as fully as possible soon.

  19. TheVolvesSeidr says:

    Fantastic article. I love AJ, she’s next level ethereal or something. Just stunning. She sounds happy, and her kids that were pictured also look happy, and great. I hope so much for the best for her always.

  20. Raven says:

    This photoshot and everything feels like vintage Angelina, in the video she is so fun and carefree, If you haven’t seen it you need to.

    It makes me sad to think how much the SOB was shrinking her.

  21. Thelma says:

    So cool. Love the initiative and the picture. Agree that it should have been a print cover.

  22. kirk says:

    Read through this hoping there would be an update on the Angelina Atelier – Gabriela, Chloé collaboration on capsule collection that supposedly focused on evening wear that was announced back in June. Didn’t see anything about it. If I missed it, would appreciate it if somebody with better eyesight could point it out.

  23. Flamingo says:

    I will never understand why Brad Pitt would choose booze, drugs, and violence over an amazing woman. Glad she is free and thriving.

  24. Facts says:

    “Obsessed with her!! Angelina never appears and is always quiet but when she appears she breaks everything!”
    Facts !!!!

    • ACB says:

      @ Facts, you are so right! I am sad that BP tried to burn out her light to make himself brighter. She deserves nothing but happiness! I have been and always will be an admirer of her work and her philanthropy!

      Finally, I am in awe of Pax and his camera work. He has over 4 million views on Vogue!