Yes – those are real cheetahs and No – they are not photoshopped unto the magazine cover. For the November issue of Harper’s Bazaar, actress Angelina Jolie took a walk on the wild side by posing with real live cheetahs at a nature reserve in Namibia’s Namib desert. The 42-year-old actress and director modeled clothes from Atelier Versace, Rag & Bone, Ralph Lauren Collection and wrote an essay about the nature reserve to celebrate Harper Bazaar’s 150 anniversary.
“There is a lot we can’t predict about the world 150 years from now,” Jolie writes. “But we do know that our great-grandchildren will be living with the consequences of decisions we make now, just as we can trace the origin of problems we are dealing with today to their roots in earlier centuries. For me, Namibia represents not only ties of family and friendship but also the effort to find the balance between humans and the environment so crucial to our future. The N/a’an ku sê Foundation works with Namibia’s San people, who are considered to be the world’s oldest culture. They represent thousands of years of man and wildlife coexisting in harmony, but they have suffered, like other indigenous peoples, from being forced off their lands by farming, unchecked development, and the depletion of wildlife. The destruction of natural habitat and wildlife has left the San people unable to hunt and support their families.”
Angelina continues to write that the destruction of the natural habitat is happening all across the globe and women are the most affected by the world’s issues.
“Statistically, women “make up most of the world’s poor,” she writes. “It often falls on them to find food, water, and fuel to cook for their families. When the environment is damaged—for example, when fishing stocks are destroyed, wildlife is killed by poachers, or tropical forests are bulldozed—it deepens their poverty. Women’s education and health are the first things to suffer. The environment is also a crucial factor in future global stability, with 21.5 million people displaced worldwide by climate change every year, as part of the more than 65 million people displaced in total.”
The actress hopes that her essay will inspire readers to take a stand and do something to help.
“What we do, each in our own small way, matters. The hopeful thought is that it is in our hands. Over the next 150 years, technology is going to give us more and better means of communicating, fighting poverty, defending human rights, and caring for the environment. But it is what we choose to do with the freedom we have that will make all the difference. If my life experience has taught me anything,” she says, “it is that what you stand for, and what you choose to stand against, is what defines you.”
Source: E! News