Angelina Jolie Steps Out Post-Surgery
Angelina Jolie shared a special night out with two of her daughters at the Kids’ Choice Awards, marking her first public appearance since she revealed she has her ovaries removed.
The actress was joined by daughters Zahara, 10, and Shiloh, 8, for the event, where she won the award for favorite villain for her role in Maleficent.
Both the girls were seen throwing their arms around mum when her name was announced.
She lost her other nomination — for Favorite Movie Actress — to Emma Stone, but Jolie did manage to avoid being slimed.
In her acceptance speech, the inspiring actor sent a message of empowerment to the youngsters, saying “different is good”.
“I want to say when I was little, like Maleficent, I was told that I was different, and I felt out of place, and too loud, too full of fire, never good at sitting still, never good at fitting in.
“And then one day I realized something, something I hope you all realize. Different is good.
“When someone tells you that you are different, smile and hold your head up and be proud,” she said.
She then added with a wink, “as your villain I will say – cause a little trouble. It’s good for you.”
Jolie has sought to inspire women with public candour about her own health.
Just last week, Jolie published a long confessional in The New York Times, revealing her decision to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes in hopes of reducing her risk of cancer.
The article, titled Angelina Jolie Pitt: Diary of a Surgery comes two years after she disclosed that she carries a defective breast cancer gene that puts her at high risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.
Her mother died of ovarian cancer, and her maternal grandmother also had ovarian cancer — strong evidence of an inherited, genetic risk that led Jolie to have her healthy breasts removed to try to avoid the same fate.