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The Angelina Jolie W Magazine Is on Newsstands

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I managed to find a newsstand here in New York City that was already selling the November issue of W that has Angelina Jolie breastfeeding on the cover. I was really excited to get my copy, and carried it with us around the city on a rare night out. I thumbed through it in the dark of a movie theater, and was thrilled to find two additional shots of her nursing one of the twins.
All of the photos are gorgeous. They’re grainy, black and white. Brad Pitt took them, and this article tells the backstory of how he tracked down some special film that’s no longer manufactured.
I’ve already talked about how celebrities, like Angelina Jolie, can be role models for new moms when it comes to breastfeeding. But I think the more important story here is how a magazine embraced this photo and put it on it’s cover.
There are countless other photos W magazine could have used for the cover shot. Certainly others that are equally endearing or artistic. But the choice to use this particular photo shows the magazine’s willingness to depict breastfeeding as normal, natural and beautiful. This choice is especially significant, coming from a fashion magazine. Advertisments consistently use breasts to sell clothing. So it’s great to finally see breasts doing what they’re intended to do– feed a baby.
You might remember the controversy BabyTalk magazine faced a couple of years ago when it put a nursing baby on it’s cover. This time around, however, there seems to be little of that. Maybe it’s because the Angelina photo is more subtle. Maybe it’s because it’s Angelina herself. Or maybe, just maybe, we’re becoming a little more accepting of public images of breastfeeding. I’d like to think that’s the case.
So cautiously, I’d say, we’ve “come a long way, baby.”

One Response to “The Angelina Jolie W Magazine Is on Newsstands”

This is so exciting! I can’t wait to pick up my own copy!

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