Angelina Jolie & Zahara Jolie-Pitt walked a red carpet together last night! The event was Variety’s Power of Women dinner. The women being honored this year: Lorde, Katy Perry, Amanda Gorman, Rita Moreno and Warner Bros. Television Group Chairman Channing Dungey. Angelina and Zahara were there to honor Amanda Gorman, the poet who performed her original poem “The Hill We Climb” at the inauguration. Not only did Angelina happily pose on the red carpet with Zahara, she was joined by Gorman and it’s basically like Angelina has another daughter now, I don’t make the rules. Here’s part of what Angelina had to say about Gorman on stage at the dinner:
“The young woman of grace, who stepped fearlessly to the podium on inauguration day. Not just the youngest but the strongest voice we could ask for in that moment. The Amanda we see today might seem as if she leapt into our times, fully formed, to summon our better angels. But there was an Amanda we didn’t see… A little girl with a speech impediment. In her own words, ‘a buck-toothed, kinky-haired, speech-garbled 7-year-old.’ Scribbling in her journal, on the school bus and park bench. wrestling with language, puzzling out meaning and rhyme, inventing her own dictionary. All those hours of thought and creation forged the unfaltering woman you see today.”
“…So as well as celebrating your extraordinary achievements, Amanda, we honor 7-year-old you, and every other girl who feels she is an outsider, alone, when she is simply coming into her own. So many girls have their progress in life derailed — by poverty, by the disapproving word, the clenched fist, or the steel of the gun. How many Amanda’s are living in Afghanistan, hiding their journals, waiting to see if they will be allowed to go to school? As if anyone has the right to decide what a woman can or cannot do with her own mind and body…
“[There is] nothing more beautiful, more challenging and more unsettling perhaps than the free mind of the thinking woman. That is surely why so much effort is put into constraining her…. Those who have the power of free speech – the weapon of free speech – must combine to defend those who do not. We need voices like Amanda’s, those lights in the dark. May you burn fiercely, and light the way for others.”
Well now I’m crying on a Friday morning. GAH. Of course Angelina stans Amanda Gorman. I imagine Zahara does as well! And how cute is Zahara? Z got to meet Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry too. I don’t see any photos with Jolie and Lorde though, hm, but there was one pic of Jolie chatting with Rita Moreno (iconic!!). PS… I really don’t like Angelina’s dress but I love why she came out for this event so I’m not going to bitch about the fashion. Plus, Zahara looked chic and beautiful. I wish she would style her mother.
Photos courtesy of Getty.