Before the days of Brangelina, global humanitarianism and Oscar-winning success, Angelina Jolie was a young aspiring model trying to make it in showbiz – as seen in these never-before-seen photos of a photoshoot from twenty years ago.
Complete with a shiny white crocodile trouser suit, purple lipstick and a chic black wig, the Maleficent actress worked the camera, pouting, giggling and posing at the shoot in Los Angeles in 1995.
The very Nineties look shows Angelina channelling Pulp Fiction’s Mia Wallace as she lolls back in a chair, lies on a table and plays with her dramatic hairstyle.
The photos, which surfaced on Friday, a week after Angelina’s 40th birthday, were taken by Los Angeles photographer Marcel Indik in 1995, when Angelina was about to reach international fame with the movie Hackers, where she met and starred alongside her first husband, Jonny Lee Miller, whom she was married to for three years.
The Unbroken director started working as a model when she was just a teenager, after experiencing her first role onscreen when she was just five, acting alongside her father Jon Voight in Lookin’ To Get Out, and later dropping out of acting school.
She had at one stage aspired to become a funeral director, even taking embalming lessons, but later set her sights on acting, finally making her breakthrough in Hackers, and going on to star in hits such as Changeling, Tomb Raider and Girl, Interrupted, becoming a mother of six and settling down with Brad Pitt, whom she has described as "the love of my life".
While certain photos of a young Angelina are well-known, these most recent, lighthearted photos to surface will remind fans of the time before Angelina's multi-faceted roles as a filmmaker, mother, and, currently the Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (having previously held a role as a UN Goodwill Ambassador).
The pictures come after Angelina attended the African Union Summit last week, where she participated in a panel discussion about sexual crimes against women around the world.
“There is a global epidemic of violence against women—both within conflict zones and within societies at peace—and it is still treated as a lesser crime and lower priority,” Angelina told the audience.
“The near-total impunity that exists worldwide for crimes against women, in conflict zones in particular, means that we are seeing more and more armed groups turn it into their weapon of choice,” she added. “Women and girls are bearing the brunt of extremists that revel in treating them barbarically. This is inextricably linked to our overall failure to prevent and end conflicts worldwide, which is causing human suffering on an unprecedented level.”
Angelina described the victims she has met during her time in Africa, visiting countries such as South Africa, Congo and Kenya, as possessing “extraordinary resilience, dignity and strength in the face of trials that would break any of us”, adding that “they are some of the most formidable and impressive people I have ever met and they deserve better than to be left alone to suffer.”
She ended her speech on a powerful note, saying: “We need policies for long-term security that are designed by women, focused on women, executed by women—not at the expense of men, or instead of men, but alongside and with men. There is no greater pillar of stability than a strong, free and educated woman, and there is no more inspiring role model than a man who respects and cherishes women and champions their leadership.”
Angelina has come under fire this weekend after it was revealed that Britain spent £5m on last year’s London summit about rape in war zones, five times the Foreign Office budget of £1m to tackle the issue of sexual violence in war zones. Held by William Hague, the summit was accused of being over the top, with the food bill alone reportedly reaching nearly £300,000.