Rich Cohen’s Angelina Jolie profile (the cover story of the July issue of Vanity Fair) is one big shaming of entertainment journalists and socially conscious parents everywhere. Seriously, everyone in those respective fields needs to quit now because you will never a) write a celebrity profile as gorgeous and insightful and b) raise children as culturally literate as the Jolie-Pitts. To the latter point, Angelina explains that adopting kids from all over the world (three different continents…so far!) was “absolutely intentional”:
“When I was growing up I wanted to adopt, because I was aware there were kids that didn’t have parents. It’s not a humanitarian thing, because I don’t see it as a sacrifice. It’s a gift. We’re all lucky to have each other.
“I look at Shiloh—because, obviously, physically, she is the one that looks like Brad and I when we were little—and say, ‘If these were our brothers and sisters, how much would we have known by the time we were six that it took into our 30s and 40s to figure out?’ I suppose I’m giving them the childhood I always wished I had.”
And not only that, her freaking stable of nannies resembles a mini-U.N.:
“We don’t ever have anybody spend the night. We may have to adjust that when the next one comes. But we do have ladies that work with us, and they’re also from different cultures and backgrounds. One lady’s a Vietnamese teacher—wonderful. One is of Congolese descent from Belgium. Another is from the States and is really creative and does art programs.”
When you are famous, you don’t have to seek out culture — it comes to you. It’s like they’re creating a microcosm of the world in their playroom. One day soon, the Jolie-Pitts will never have to leave the house again! Take that, paparazzi!