“Nothing will mean anything if you don’t live a life of use to others — my mom will always say..” “My mother loved art and music, and she wanted me and my sister to know what is like to live a life like an artist” Angelina Jolie, accepting her Academy Award at the 2013 Oscars

When I first heard of Angelina Jolie — her whole life story immediately inspired me. In an old story, Angelina Jolie delivers a message that women can be strong enough to conquer all frustrations with love and courage. Even though she had a tough childhood and had to face her high risk of breast cancer by completing a preventive double mastectomy, Jolie never gives up her artwork, her six children and her charity career. She announced her experience of how she deals with her mastectomy, which triggered worldwide attention on breasts health. She has not been scared of cancer. On the contrary, she uses her story to inspire women to face their breasts problems positively. As a celebrity, she utilized her power to make the better world. She is a great mother — my inspiring woman in the modern age, which is precisely why it is my hope  That’s why when people look at her story will be inspired and think positively.

Angelina Jolie received The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award At The 2013 Governors Awards. The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award is awarded periodically by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the Governors Awards ceremonies for an individual’s outstanding contributions to humanitarian causes.

As Hollywood’s highest-paid actress, Angelina Jolie is not only famous for her superb acting skill and fine work but also famous for all her efforts as a humanitarian. I strongly believe that Angelina Jolie is an inspiring model because of the things she has done. Her story inspired me: Do not judge a person from appearance and you can start being a good person and do good thing whenever and wherever.

Angelina Jolie’s film career began when she was 19. Because of the film called Tomb Raider, she became a leading actress in Hollywood. At that time, there were lots of speculations of the type of Hollywood star she was.. But everything changed after adopting her first child. “I knew once I committed to Maddox, I would never be self-destructive again,” admitted Angelina Jolie. Shortly after she adopted two more children.

With Angelina Jolie, her actions suggest that she is a woman with a kind heart — for example, while Angelina Jolie was filming in Cambodia, she got to meet with refugees and their life stories. As a result, she contacted United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and began part of UNHCR, visiting refugee camps around the world. On August 27, 2001, Jolie was officially named UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador.

In addition to working with UNHCR, Angelina Jolie is also concerned about children’s education and women’s rights. After years’ efforts, Jolie funded many children support programs and established schools for girls especially. She also supports campaigns against sexual violence in military conflict zones by the UK government.  In June 2014, she was appointed an Honorary Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (DCMG) for her campaign to end sexual violence in war zones.

“Do the Best with this Life, and be of use” Angelina Jolie. 


Written by: Mengling Yuan

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