Like its famouus am­bas­sador Guer­lain's new fra­grance is strength and fem­i­nin­ity com­bined

Fashion Quarterly - - Beauty -

An­gelina Jolie has long re­jected the no­tion that fem­i­nin­ity is de ned by a sin­gu­lar set of char­ac­ter­is­tics. Ac­knowl­edg­ing that ev­ery woman is mul­ti­fac­eted has al­ways been key to the var­ied roles — in­clud­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian, di­rec­tor, award-win­ning ac­tress and mother — she com­fort­ably in­hab­its. For Jolie then, who last year be­came the face of French cos­met­ics gi­ant Guer­lain’s Mon Guer­lain fra­grance, it was the per­fect t to cham­pion a beauty house and a fra­grance whose val­ues aligned with her own. Al­ways one to do things on her own terms and to use her plat­form for good, she do­nated her earn­ings from that en­dorse­ment to char­ity. Now, with the ar­rival of Mon Guer­lain’s Eau de Toi­lette ver­sion, Jolie is speak­ing to the fact that fem­i­nin­ity and fem­i­nism don’t have to be mu­tu­ally ex­clu­sive.

What does fem­i­nin­ity mean to you? So many di‡er­ent things. There is not one ver­sion of fem­i­nin­ity. It means di‡er­ent things at di‡er­ent times and in di‡er­ent places. It can be a cer­tain soft­ness and grace, but it is also women march­ing or ght­ing for their rights or the rights of oth­ers.

At what age did you feel the most at ease with your fem­i­nin­ity? When I rst be­came a mother, and now. That sense of ease grows and changes with each pass­ing year and each stage in life. For me, it is about learn­ing to ac­cept your­self and what life brings. Wis­dom, un­der­stand­ing, clar­ity of thought — all the things that come with age — are also beau­ti­ful and fem­i­nine qual­i­ties. I'd like to think we all get bet­ter with age, men and women.

Are fem­i­nin­ity and fem­i­nism com­pat­i­ble? Equal­ity is not about us all be­ing the same, it is about the free­dom to make our own choices and live our own lives fully, not at the ex­pense of men, but along­side men. It is not about tak­ing each other down but build­ing each other up. I think it is not said enough how much we need the men in our lives to be strong and ca­pa­ble and the best they can be.

Women to­day can feel like they are pulled in many di­rec­tions... Women have al­ways taken on a lot, and we are pre­pared to take on much more. It's in our na­ture. But we need to re­mem­ber to take care of our­selves too. There is noth­ing more at­trac­tive than some­one be­ing fully them­selves, with­out in­hi­bi­tion, in what­ever form that takes. We all recog­nise it when we see it — those women whose beauty is their spirit, and their in­abil­ity to be any­thing other than true to them­selves.

How can a per­fume rep­re­sent fem­i­nin­ity? By lend­ing it­self to your ev­ery mood, and es­cap­ing de ni­tion. That

is what I love about Mon Guer­lain.

How can we ed­u­cate chil­dren on fem­i­nism? Through strong and di­verse fe­male role mod­els, and also a study of the past: un­der­stand­ing how much the free­doms we have had to be fought for and need to be de­fended, and just how many women live in coun­tries where they aren’t free to­day. Some of the peo­ple my chil­dren most ad­mire are women who've lived through conŽict or over­come ad­ver­sity. They hap­pen to be women, but that is not what de nes them. It is their strength and their ex­am­ple.

Vi­brant and fresh, Guer­lain’s new Mon Guer­lain Eau de Toi­lette opens with bright man­darin and a dose of laven­der, fol­lowed by Sam­bac jas­mine on a base of warm Tahi­tian vanilla. Mon Guer­lain Eau de Toi­lette 100ml, $217.

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