Angelina Jolie has been quarantining with her children in Los Angeles throughout the coronavirus pandemic, but on Friday she was photographed out shopping with her 11-year-old daughter Vivienne at gallery/art store Soap Plant/Wacko in Los Feliz. Both wore masks, as is required now in California. Jolie dressed fashionably, wearing a tan tie-waist dress with a black Christian Dior purse and brown Valentino VLOGO slides.
Jolie has done several interviews throughout the coronavirus pandemic, including one with Harper’s Bazaar UK where she candidly reflected on how COVID-19 has changed what is important to her.
She told the publication:
I was fortunate years ago to travel with the UN to frontlines around the world and put into perspective what really matters. Having six children, I am reminded daily of what is most important. But after almost two decades of international work, this pandemic and this moment in America has made me rethink the needs and suffering within my own country. I am focusing both globally and domestically; they are of course linked. There are more than 70 million people who have had to flee their homes worldwide because of war and persecution—and there is racism and discrimination in America. A system that protects me but might not protect my daughter [Zahara, Jolie’s 15-year-old daughter she adopted from Ethiopia when Zahara was six months old]—or any other man, woman or child in our country based on skin color—is intolerable. We need to progress beyond sympathy and good intentions to laws and policies that actually address structural racism and impunity. Ending abuses in policing is just the start. It goes far beyond that, to all aspects of society, from our education system to our politics.
She spoke about how she has coped with her own anxious thoughts during this tough time for the world, saying she chooses to focus on her children.
“Like most parents, I focus on staying calm so my children don’t feel anxiety from me on top of all they are worrying about,” she said. “I put all my energy into them. During the lockdown, Vivienne’s bunny passed away during a surgery, and we adopted two sweet little ones who are disabled. They need to be in pairs. They are so gentle and it has helped to focus on their care with her at this time. And on the dogs, and snake and lizard…”
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