Angelina Jolie On The Advice She Gave Her Daughters & Reclaiming The Term ‘Wicked Women’!

Angelina Jolie is a proud wicked woman — and she’s calling on the wicked-minded to follow in her footsteps.

The Maleficent 2 star opened up about reclaiming the term “wicked” in the latest issue of Elle, in which she also revealed the wisdom she shared with her daughters on how to have the strength and resilience to succeed in today’s world.

Before disposing said wisdom to readers, the actress and philanthropist commended her sons — 17-year-old Maddox, 15-year-old Pax, and 11-year-old Knox — for supporting females. She wrote:

“I could not be prouder of my sons for the men they are becoming, the way they respect their sisters and are respected by them.”

Kudos for not being awful, fellas!

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The 44-year-old went on to share the advice she bestowed on her daughters — 14-year-old Zahara, 13-year-old Shiloh, and 11-year-old Vivienne — continuing:

“I often tell my daughters that the most important thing they can do is to develop their minds. You can always put on a pretty dress, but it doesn’t matter what you wear on the outside if your mind isn’t strong… There is nothing more attractive — you might even say enchanting — than a woman with an independent will and her own opinions.” 

But, as Angie explains, what some consider to be “enchanting” others have found to be threatening, historically speaking. 

The actress expanded on this “ultimate conspiracy theory” throughout her essay, reflecting on how women have been unfairly treated as “wicked” ever since the infamous witch trials in Salem — when, in reality, the wicked ones were these women’s oppressors.

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Brad Pitt‘s ex explained:

“‘Wicked women’ are just women who are tired of injustice and abuse. Women who refuse to follow rules and codes they don’t believe are best for themselves or their families. Women who won’t give up on their voice and rights, even at the risk of death or imprisonment or rejection by their families and communities.” 

Hear! Hear!

Thanks to centuries of patriarchal oppression, women have countless injustices to fight against (and we’re not just talking about equal pay, y’all) — which is why Angie considers these so-called “wicked women” to be heroes rather than villains. 

And she’s calling on them to assemble.

She added:

“If that is wickedness, then the world needs more wicked women. But it is also true that women don’t wake up every morning wanting to fight. We want to be able to be soft and nurturing and graceful and loving — not everyone is born to fight. And we don’t have magical powers. What we do have is the ability to support one another, and to work with the many great men who value and respect women as their equals.”

The Oscar-winner also wrote about how females can find themselves in a society that often dictates how they should live their lives, noting:

“Who we are meant to be in life is something we all have to work out for ourselves. I think we can often go offtrack as women, because our instinct is to nurture or to adjust ourselves to society’s expectations… It can be hard to take the time to ask ourselves who we truly want to be — not what we think other people will approve of or accept, but who we really are. But when you listen to yourself, you can make the choice to step forward and learn and change.” 

A wicked woman never stays in her lane — which is exactly why we need more of them!

Of course, balancing the scales of society also requires the support of men like Angie’s sons, which is why the actress dedicated her essay “with love to all the wicked women, and the men who understand them.”

What do U think about Angie’s advice?

P.S. Ch-ch-check out her cover and spread (below):

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“‘Wicked women’ are just women who are tired of injustice and abuse. Women who refuse to follow rules and codes they don’t believe are best for themselves or their families. Women who won’t give up on their voice and rights, even at the risk of death or imprisonment or rejection by their families and communities. If that is wickedness, then the world needs more wicked women.” Ahead of the release of Maleficent 2, Angelina Jolie celebrates all the free-thinking women who have cast their spell upon the world. Link in bio for the full September cover story.⁣ ⁣ ELLE September 2019:⁣ Editor-in-chief: @ninagarcia⁣ Photographer: @alexilubomirski⁣ Cover star: #AngelinaJolie⁣ Stylist: @elizabethstewart1⁣ Wearing: @dior⁣, @cartier Hair: @adamcampbellhair⁣ Makeup: Toni G⁣ Nails: @nailsbyemikudo⁣ Set design: Jack Flanagan⁣ Produced by: Nathalie Akiya at Kranky Produktions.

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“I was in my twenties, meeting refugees in Sierra Leone during the closing stages of a brutal civil war. I understood for the first time the level of violence that exists in the world, and the reality of life for the millions of people affected by conflict and displacement. And I discovered [in my international work] my life’s work and purpose.” Link in bio for Angelina Jolie's September cover story.⁣ ⁣ ELLE September 2019:⁣ Editor-in-chief: @ninagarcia⁣ Photographer: @alexilubomirski⁣ Cover star: #AngelinaJolie⁣ Stylist: @elizabethstewart1⁣ Wearing: @dior⁣ Hair: @adamcampbellhair⁣ Makeup: Toni G⁣ Nails: @nailsbyemikudo⁣ Set design: Jack Flanagan⁣ Produced by: Nathalie Akiya at Kranky Produktions.

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“I often tell my daughters that the most important thing they can do is to develop their minds,” Angelina Jolie writes. “There is nothing more attractive—you might even say enchanting—than a woman with an independent will and her own opinions.” Link in bio for the full essay penned by ELLE’s September cover star. ⁣ ELLE September 2019:⁣ Editor-in-chief: @ninagarcia⁣ Photographer: @alexilubomirski⁣ Cover star: #AngelinaJolie⁣ Stylist: @elizabethstewart1⁣ Wearing: @burberry⁣ Hair: @adamcampbellhair⁣ Makeup: Toni G⁣ Nails: @nailsbyemikudo⁣ Set design: Jack Flanagan⁣ Produced by: Nathalie Akiya at Kranky Produktions.

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