You know how much of a huge fan I am of Angelina Jolie. I see almost every single movie she is in and I have always been a huge supporter in her. There was a time long time ago where Angelina looked like she needed a hug more than anything else in the world. She married Billy Bob Thornton, wore a vile of blood around her neck, even made out with her brother. But look, we all do weird and stupid things when we are young. I don't judge her. She is "supposedly" the reason Brad and Jennifer broke up...I don't believe it for one minute and I say good riddance. Angelina is WAY better and hotter and was willing to give him the family he so wanted. She likes to sleep with a knife under her pillow and even play with them to test her reflexes. Again, to each their own. But for all the weird and unusual stuff she has done, it doesn't even come close to the amount of good she has done in this world.
And because of her work around the world, on October 10, 2014, she stood inside Buckingham Palace and was given the highest honor a woman from outside of Britain can get. Angelina, along with husband Brad Pitt and their six children, met the Queen at a private ceremony at the palace. She was awarded the title of Honorary Dame Grand Cross and given an insignia of her new title. She was all smiles and looked absolutely beautiful in a lilac skirt suit as she shook the Queen's hand.
The Oscar-winning actress was recognized by the Queen for her outstanding work in fighting for the rights of women and refugees in war-torn countries. And no one in Hollywood is more deserving of the recognition.
The queen presented Angelina, who is special envoy to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), with the Insignia of an Honorary Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George.
Angelina co-founded the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative with former Foreign Secretary William Hague in 2012, and the award was announced in June when Jolie was co-chairing the End Sexual Violence in Conflict summit in London with Hague.
“To receive an honour related to foreign policy means a great deal to me, as it is what I wish to dedicate my working life to,” Jolie said at the time.
She is among 1,149 people to receive an honour for their contribution to British society in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Jolie is not a British citizen and she cannot be formally addressed as Dame. She receives the award on an honorary basis. But who cares! Dame Angelina Jolie is what she should be called. She deserves it. She gives over 8 million dollars in donations alone each year and spends a great deal of her time visiting and giving to these organizations:
If there is ever an inspiration for me to look up to, I swear its her. When I see all she has accomplished in her 39 years of life and I look at where I am, I feel so small. She is so wonderfully talented as an actress, and is beautiful wife and mother, and she gives as much back as she can. I can only try to be a small portion of what she is.
When her mother passed from ovarian and breast cancer, Angelina decided, after testing positive for a mutation of the BRCA1 gene that significantly increases the risk of breast cancer, to make public her double mastectomy. She said she was going public with news of her surgery as she hoped her story would inspire other women to fight the life-threatening disease. Researchers studied 21 clinics and regional genetic centers and found there were 4,847 referrals for testing in June and July last year compared to 1,981 in the same period of 2012. The study of the so-called "Angelina effect", published in the journal Breast Cancer Research, credited Jolie's glamorous appearance and relationship with Hollywood actor Brad Pitt for helping to lessen women's fears about surgery. She didn't have to come public with it. She could have hid from it. But she didn't.
She is the voice of all women, her and Brad refused to get married till everyone else was able to get married (equal rights) and she stands up for what she believes. She doesn't judge others or bash others, she helps others. She is who I want to be. Well, not who I want to be but because I can only be me, but who I would love to take after, to work with, to just stand in her presence and hear her speak. The world needs more Dame Angelina Jolie's in it.