angelina jolie
Often hailed as the most beautiful woman alive, the recipient of two Oscars and three Golden Globe awards, and appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR (The United Nations Refuge Agency), Angelina Jolie has proved that her legendary beauty radiates from the inside out.

The advent of Jolie’s personal involvement with humanitarian work occurred after encountering poverty first-hand while filming on location in Cambodia for Lara Croft, Tomb Raider. The actress, heavily-moved by the depravity she had witnessed, turned to the UNHCR in order to help resolve or mediate conditions for refugees worldwide.

Since her initial encounter with poverty in 2001, Jolie has attended international missions to turbulent countries such as Tanzania, Cambodia, Syria, and Iraq. While on mission trips, rather than arranging for lavish living conditions, the actress endures the same living conditions as the other members of UNHCR. Overall, the actress has joined humanitarian forces in more than 20 countries.

In addition to attending field missions, Jolie has also given significant donations towards international relief efforts. For instance, during her first pregnancy, Jolie struck a deal with People Magazine in which the publication was given permission to print the first pictures of her pregnant figure on the condition that a $500,000 donation be given to the Yele Haiti Foundation established by musician Wyclef Jean.

Furthermore, the actress has also established her own foundation, the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, to eliminate global poverty and improve living conditions for those affected by poverty. To kick-start her foundation, Jolie donated $1 million to the Doctors without Borders organization in 2006. Additionally, according to tax records from that same year, Jolie and her husband bestowed $8 million dollars to charities.

Jolie’s humanitarian efforts have not gone unnoticed. The actress was awarded the Global Humanitarian Award by the United Nations in 2005, and was bequeathed with the John Hersholt Humanitarian Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the Governors Awards in 2013. Known for her beauty, her acting talent, and her benevolence, Angelina Jolie has truly used her distinguished success for the betterment of the global community.

Phoebe Pradhan

Sources: UNHCR, Ace Showbiz, Look to the Stars