Angelina Jolie praises daughter Zahara as "an extraordinary African woman"

Jessica Vince
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Photo credit: Christopher Polk - Getty Images
Photo credit: Christopher Polk - Getty Images

From Harper's BAZAAR

Angelina Jolie has spoken about her pride for daughter Zahara, describing her as "an extraordinary African woman."

During a video conversation with Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate for TIME 100, the star discussed the Black Lives Matter movement and how to amplify voices from Africa.

"One of the things that’s been interesting is the education," the actress said. "I don’t know about the schools in Uganda, but I know in the United States there’s a very big question... My daughter is from Ethiopia, one of my children. And I have learned so much from her. She is my family, but she is an extraordinary African woman."

The mother-of-six continued, "Her connection to her country, her continent, is very — it’s her own and it’s something I only stand back in awe of. But what I see in, for example, American history books and how limited they are… they start teaching people who are Black about their lives through the Civil Rights movement, which is such a horrible place to begin."

Photo credit: Mondadori Portfolio - Getty Images
Photo credit: Mondadori Portfolio - Getty Images

In 2005, Angelina adopted Zahara, her second eldest child, from an orphanage in Ethiopia when she was six months old. The actress was already mother to her adoptive son Maddox, who was born in Cambodia. She later adopted another son, three-year-old Pax Thien, from Vietnam. The actress also has three biological children - Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne - with ex-husband Brad Pitt.

The 45-year-old recently told Harper’s Bazaar that she feared for her daughter growing up as a Black woman in the US. "There is racism and discrimination in America. A system that protects me but might not protect my daughter – or any other man, woman, or child in our country based on skin colour – is intolerable," she said. In June, Angelina donated $200,000 (£158,530) to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund which is the US' leading civil and human rights legal organisation.

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