What Angelina Jolie Tells Her Daughters

Angelina Jolie is opening up about raising her daughters to “develop their minds” instead of focusing on their appearances in a moving essay about women unfairly maligned in history. The actress and philanthropist shared the advice she gives to her kids, with whom she shares custody with Brad Pitt, in the latest issue of Elle magazine, reminding them that it’s what’s on the inside that counts.

Angie says she often tells her daughters that the most important thing they can do is to develop their minds. In the essay, she writes, “You can always put on a pretty dress, but it doesn’t matter what you wear on the outside if your mind isn’t strong.” The actress also mentions her sons, writing that she “could not be prouder” of “the men they are becoming, the way they respect their sisters and are respected by them.”

This fall, her eldest Maddox will leave the nest and attend South Korea's Yonsei University where he’ll be studying biochemistry.