The image of Angelina Jolie on the cover of the new issue of Harper’s Bazaar is unusual for the magazine. For Bazaar didn’t shoot it, but rather they pulled it from a photo wire service. Angelina did not talk to the magazine for the story inside, either. But that didn’t stop Naomi Wolf from penning an essay about how great she is. So liberated and empowered, so magically hot that even straight women want to sleep with her, so infallible she’s a home wrecker, yet also an amazing mother. According to Bazaar, Angelina can and has done no wrong.
Yet such effusive praise is odd considering Angelina wouldn’t speak to the magazine or do a photo shoot for it. Everyone does photo shoots for Bazaar — Sarah Jessica Parker, Halle Berry, Gisele, Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez, we could go on. Is Angelina too cool to pose for the magazine? Too busy? Too important? Empowered and liberated enough without subjecting herself to interviews or photo sittings? Simply lazy? It doesn’t matter. But if she doesn’t want to participate in her own press, maybe magazines should take a hint and not cover her so much. The world would be, if not necessarily better, more tolerable, certainly.