Angelina Jolie has a very big reason for choosing Guerlain's perfume, Mon Guerlain, as her first beauty campaign in a decade.
The notoriously private actress talked to Marie Claire about her stunning campaign, and said that the French beauty brand was actually a favorite of her late mother, Marcheline Bertrand. Bertrand died in 2007, after a battle with ovarian and breast cancer.
"It was a brand my mother loved, so I knew it from my childhood," Jolie says. "It spoke to her, as it does to me, of beauty, history, and quality; one of the oldest perfume houses in the world, from France, a country I love and feel connected to."
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"She was a very natural woman who never spoiled herself, never wore makeup, and wore modest jewelry, but she always had a few special items for when she wanted to feel like a lady," she continues. "One of those -- and I remember it because it seemed so elegant -- was her Guerlain powder. I think all women have those few special things that make them feel feminine."
Jolie also has another family connection when it comes to the campaign. She's actually donating her salary from the endorsement to the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation, named after her eldest son, 15-year-old Maddox.
"The Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation's work is inspired by our children and their connections to particular countries," she explains. "We visit the projects together, and it is growing with them. We started 13 years ago in Cambodia, and have since moved to Ethiopia and Namibia, too. It is dedicated to education, health, and the environment. We are gradually expanding, but our focus is still very much on enabling local people to develop their own communities and future, as well as rights for women and children."
As for how she seamlessly balances her Hollywood career and her extensive humanitarian work, she says that at this stage in her life, she's used to it.
"This has been my life for many years; one role feeds the other," she shares. "It is a joy to be an artist, but it doesn't mean very much unless that work is somehow useful in some way and contributes to others."
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Last month, Jolie gave her first college lecture at the the London School of Economics' Centre for Women, Peace and Security, which centered on the impact of war and displacement on refugee women.