Zahara Jolie-Pitt Hit The Red Carpet With Mom Angelina Rocking Her Glorious Natural Hair
At the Italian premiere of the Disney sequel Maleficent this week, star Angelina Jolie took center stage with two of the kids from her large brood: Zahara, 14, and Shiloh, 13. For their Roman red carpet moment, Angelina’s oldest daughter stepped out in a Versace gown, like her famous mom, but unlike her, rocked her natural curls according to PEOPLE. The teen sported her hair in an updo, braided in the back, tight curls propped on the top of her head to the side.
It’s good to see how healthy Zahara’s hair is, especially since people gave Angelina so much hell for what the child’s hair looked like when she was growing up over the years. They criticized her for putting synthetic braids in her head when she was six years old and claimed that the Oscar winner wasn’t bothering to even comb her hair years prior. Author Allison Samuels even penned a piece for Newsweek in 2009 speaking on the “politics” of the young girl’s uncombed hair and the uproar people had over it:
In recent pictures it’s clear Angelina Jolie hasn’t taken the time to learn or understand the long and painful history of African-American women and hair. If she had I can’t imagine she would continue to allow Zahara to look like she has in the past few months. Photos of Zahara show the 4-year-old girl sporting hair that is wild and unstyled, uncombed and dry. Basically: a “hot mess.”
As it turns out, the child’s hair survived despite the random outrage that came with her early years. After people stopped putting their own insecurities and issues on the child, and let her be a child, her hair grew and did just fine. Or hey, maybe Angelina took heed to the criticism of people who said that Zahara’s hair needed to be better cared for. Either way, it seems to be flourishing now.
Super cute! If you’re wondering who is missing, Jolie has four other children, including her oldest son Maddox, 18, Pax, 15, and 11-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox. She adopted Zahara in 2005 from an orphanage in Ethiopia when she was six months old. They have a special bond, with the mom of six saying the sound of Zahara’s laugh bring hers the utmost joy.
“She is one of those people who laughs with her whole body,” the actress said in 2017. “Completely open and full of joy.”