Following a brief holiday on the Galapagos Islands to celebrate her engagement to Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie was spotted in Ecuador over the weekend.
The “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” actress opted for a makeup-free appearance as she met with Columbian refugees, sporting rubber boots, a tank top, and a backpack.
Jolie, a special envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, also spent some time with regional farmers and High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres.
And though there was no glitz or glam, Angelina was still glowing from her betrothal news. An insider told press that after Pitt popped the question, “Everyone hugged once she put the ring on. She went around and showed it to each of the kids.”
She’s always been a strong advocate for humanitarian causes, and now Angelina Jolie has been named the Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
The “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” actress, who recently got engaged to Brad Pitt, is now at the level of a diplomat for the UNHCR which means she’ll be working with other diplomats and governments.
UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards told press, “In her new role, she is expected to focus on large-scale crises resulting in the mass displacement of people.”
“I don’t think you need a rocket scientist to see the benefits that she is bringing in terms of the attention that she is getting for the plight of the world’s displaced.”
Journalist Tina Brown and actress Angelina Jolie
Ready to take the Lincoln Center stage, Angelina Jolie was among those on-hand for the 3rd Annual Women in the World Summit in New York City on Thursday evening (March 8).
The 36-year-old actress looked classy in a white blazer over a pearl top with black pants as she gave a wave to photographers lining the arrivals area before heading inside the David H. Koch Theater.
Other big names joining in on the three day event centered on addressing problems facing women of all ages include dignitaries such as Madeleine Albright and Hillary Clinton, as well as Oscar winning actress Meryl Streep.
During her time onstage, Angelina addressed the audience by telling the story of an obstetrician named Dr. Hawa Abdi, who runs a life-saving medical camp in Somalia which is now being overrun by militants.
Jolie praisefully said that Dr. Abdi’s story “illuminates the nightmare of tens of millions around the world the internally displaced and the ones homeless within their homelands.”
Noting the need for help, she then added that a businessman has just arrived at the camp area with a group of militants in tow, saying, “It is, right now, Friday morning in Somalia. In a few hours, 400 human beings are about to become, once again, displaced.”
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