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If Angelina Jolie Says Daughter Shiloh ‘Wants To Be a Boy,’ Can the Tabloids?

When Life & Style ran a cover story about Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, daughter of Brad and Angelina, the stylist quoted in the story says her comments about the girl’s gender identity were “taken completely out of context.” But now Angelina says her daughter wants to be a boy?

The magazine quoted Astylist Alana Kelen: “Shiloh is pushing the boundaries of a tomboy look and crossing over to cross-dresser territory.” In the ensuing aftermath, Kelen insisted the magazine would “use me often for style quotes, so I had no idea they would twist my words, and they always contact me for final approval, which they did not do this time around. … My career has been all about personal expression through clothing, and I am the biggest believer that any person should wear anything they choose, regardless of age or sex.” (The magazine held its ground.)

But Angelina appears to have let her off the hook.

In her new Vanity Fair cover story, the actress says her four-year-old dresses “like a little dude. Shiloh, we feel, has Montenegro style. It’s how people dress there. She likes tracksuits, she likes (regular) suits. She likes to dress like a boy. She wants to be a boy. So we had to cut her hair. She likes to wear boys’ everything. She thinks she’s one of the brothers.”

Say what you will about Angelina, but not only is she comfortable enough to let her daughter dress like whatever gender she likes, but she’s got no problem speaking about it opening, de-stigmatizing the whole situation. Kudos.

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  • Arkano18

    If I were Angelina’s offspring, I would definitely be happy of having sexy and good looking parents. Oh, and they seem to be cool too.

  • Andrew

    For God’s sakes its part of normal child hood development that some little girls want to dress like little boys and vica versa. How old is the little tyke? Three or fours years old – let her have childhood innocence please and let her pretend/do whatever she fancies as all children should be able to do so.

  • s_b

    Man, I wish my parents had taken that attitude! Instead it was fighting, fighting, fighting.

  • Rikard

    I’m friends with four sisters and one brother from a family. They still tease the youngest who at that age spent an entire summer being a dog. No talking, walking on a leash, eating out of a bowl on the floor. My nephew wants to be a “Super Zero” (super hero), so his Nana dutifuly makes him a cape with a towel so he can fly around the park. If you want to teach some kids how to bait a hook watch the way boys only do it because they are embarassed by the way the girls are only too willing to impale that worm or sardine or mud dog on a hook. They only start acting “girly” when there something to gain.


    Angelina has much larger issues to deal with than a 4 year old playing dressup……..Like that freaking gray rats nest that has sprouted on Brad Pitt’s chin………

  • Lanjier

    Remember what Angelina and Brad said when they were asked if they were going to get married — we will get married when everyone has teh right to get married. I never forgot that.

  • Hilarious

    I hate when magazines start attacking the children of celebrities. There’s nothing lower than that.

  • drums

    When I was four, I went through a phase where I would only wear things that were orange, exclusively. My parents let me do it, and it didn’t harm me any. When you’re four, the best thing a parent can do for you is let you express your imagination. Angelina Jolie is doing the right thing here. Dressing like a boy has nothing to do with sex when you’re A TODDLER. Some people will make a mountain out of anything.

  • Tangelo

    yet another reason why I am a fan of Angelina and Brad. Parents who parent. It is normal. It is healthy.

    My sister was a big old Tom Boy at that age and grew up to be the Belle of the Ball.


  • Lizcivious

    When I was six I went through a phase of desperately wanting to be a boy. I even prayed to God to turn me into a boy. It was the dawn of the women’s movement but at that age, I had no clue. I still thought boys were treated better and were more important than girls. I had my hair cut into kind of an early-Beatles style and wore boys’ clothes as much I could get away with it. I wanted to be called Felix. My parents were cool. They played along with it for as long as the phase lasted and never became concerned. Eventually, I grew out of it, but I still embrace my boyish side even though I love sexy clothes and makeup. Actually, the reason I wanted to be a boy in the first place was because I wanted to be accepted by boys who I had big crushes on, and I wanted to be called Felix because I had a massive crush on an adult family friend who had that name. So, my sexuality was firmly in place. I had no sexual or romantic interest in females. Angelina is wise to just let Shiloh indulge. I recall seeing some talk show back in the ’90s where these mothers were freaking out because their little girls wanted to be boys. They were terrified that they had little lesbians on their hands. I don’t know how my parents would have reacted had I actually been a lesbian, but I’m thankful I got through my “butch” time without any drama. I’m sure Angelina and Brad would be fine with Shiloh being a lesbian, but at age four, it’s ridiculous to get upset about what your kids are into.

  • axon

    There is NO problem here. Little Shiloh wants to be a boy, and her parents are – thank God – not putting any obstacles in her way. Only headlines like the ones on the above cover could potentially hurt the child, not the facts themselves. Shame on Life&Style!

    It’s early days yet, it could very well be a phase in a girl’s life, but if Shiloh is actually a boy in a girl’s body, her parents are doing just the right thing – making her feeling OK with herself and her feelings, letting her dress as she likes and call herself what she likes to be called. Well done!

  • Kim

    FYI Brad trimmed the beard he only has a short goatee pics in US Weekly. I praise BP and AJ for loving unconditionally and supporting their child’s feelings. She will high self esteem IMO. BTW the moms on the celeb baby blogs are having a fit

  • axon

    What was the thumbs down for? Anyone who wants Brad and Angelina NOT to let Shiloh do as she likes?

    Personally, I believe Shiloh IS a little dude, and have done so for a while before we got to know that is what she likes to be (at least for the time being). But only future will tell.

  • Layla

    They left out the best part. Apparently, she calls herself John, and will only respond to John.

    Love it.

    Also, to the poster who pointed out Brad and Angelina’s no marriage until all marriage stance.

    Charlize Theron also said that publicly long before Angie and Brad did, and countless other lower profile people did it before her.
    Not that it takes away from the awesomeness of their support, or that statement in anyway. I welcome all people in the public eye who want to support our community.

  • [email protected] Glad It's Them

    Good for Angelina. She knows first hand what it’s like to grow up with people making fun of your clothing and the way you look because you don’t look like everyone else. She’s already instilling self-confidence in her kids to be whoever they want to be. Always knew she’d be an amazing mother and what a cute kid, whether she wants to dress as a boy or a girl – still completely adorable.

  • Evan

    Good for Angelina, and her adorable little child :)

  • sublimeelflet

    My son is nearly 4, loves pink, sparkles, and regularly goes shopping in a pink and black tutu. He plays with my makeup, and has told me he’s going to be a girl when he’s grown up! I love him, and I’m proud of him for being able to express who and what he is so confidently.

    And whether he turns out gay, straight, transgendered or flaming well ALIEN I will make sure he’s happy and comfortable in himself.

    Way to go, Angelina! You rock, and your kids are blessed!

  • Alex

    Brad Mentioned when Shiloh was 2 she wanted to be called John because of Peter Pan . For all we know that ended when she was 2 . AJ refers to her as Shiloh in VF interview.As for the tabloids there is a big difference in a tab claimed that AJ is turning her into a boy than Aj supporting her child’s feelings. As for me I pretented to be a cat(drinking milk out of bowl on floor )when was I was three. My brother has the pics and shows them to my friends.

  • omg

    this is sick. all u people that comment bullshit are sick too, besides i’m sure u wouldn’t let YOUR daugher “be” a boy at 4, because u know this is sooooooooo sick and bad.

  • Danelle

    Gendered Clothing is a ridiculous concept anyway smelling a little like gender policing to me.

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