Angelina Jolie: “I Think Shiloh Is Fascinating”

Mom-of-six Angelina Jolie admits that she is fascinated by her 4-year-old daughter Shiloh, who she recently revealed “wants to be a boy.”

“I think she [Shiloh] is fascinating, the choices she is making,” Angelina says of tomboy Shiloh, who is often seen out and about in suspenders and suit jackets. “And I would never be the kind of parent to force somebody to be something they are not. I think that is just bad parenting…. Children should be allowed to express themselves in whatever way they wish without anybody judging them because it is an important part of their growth.”

Angie adds that the fact that Shiloh’s unique sense of style – she dresses “like a little dude,” says mom – has been a such a hot topic shows how flawed our society is.

“Society always has something to learn when it comes to the way we judge each other, label each other. We have far to go.”

Do you agree with Angelina?

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Vivien leigh
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Angelina, you are an Angel.

Anonymous
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i think it’s pretty obvious she’s gonna let these kids run completely wild as teens if she’s already doing this kind of stuff. it seems to me she thinks her own insane past and troubled youth was good for her and led to her “development” or whatever and therefore she won’t prevent her own kids from going crazy and experimenting themselves. it think that’s very wrong and imo, a CHILD that young should have no input whatsoever when it comes to stuff like this. personalities don’t develop until the teen years for kids, it’s a lot better to keep them… Read more »
Anonymous
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A child’s personality is fully developed by the age of 2. I’m not sure where you got this teenage crap. Shiloh is who she is and there’s nothing her parents can do to change her. If they try, they’ll just alienate her and she won’t want to have anything to do with them when she becomes an adult. I’m quite sure they do not relish that scenario, so they are allowing her to be who she is. All parents should do the same with their own children. As for Angelina thinking she’s the be all and end all of good… Read more »
Anonymous
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You are right, personality is formed from 0-2 and continues to be shaped as the child ages. I can’t believe the person posting thought that personality didn’t develop until they were teens!! What are the kids before that? Blobs?? I am not impressed by Angelina’s star quality (nor do I care), just that she wants to be a good parent. What she has done in her past is irrelevant. As far some of the post saying she wanted to bring media attention, believe me, she doesn’t have to do anything. They are on her like blood hounds. The last thing… Read more »
Anonymous
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I am transgender female to Male… I can tell you my mom dressed me in pretty little dresses most of my life and I hated it. I fought against. My mom was always reminding me I was a girl. When I was 5 I cry so hard because she made me wear a dress to my bday party I threw –up and got really sick missed the whole party. When I was 7 she stop letting me hang out with my male friends and put me in a dance class with all girl I sit in the corner every week… Read more »
Anonymous
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People just don’t seem to understand that you are who you are and all the therapy, counseling, praying, etc. is not going to change what you are on the inside. So many people try to live their lives as who they “should be” but are “not” and it causes much psychological damage to the person. It may just be a phase — or — it may not. But letting her be herself and accepting her as she is, is the best thing any parent could do. People think if you make girls play with dolls and boys with trucks that… Read more »
Franki
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I remember going through a tomboy phase in middle school. I cut my hair short (just like the picture above of Shiloh), wore boys’ clothes, etc. It was just a phase I went through. My parents let me do it and didn’t make a big deal out of it, because it wasn’t. I knew I was a girl, I liked girly things, but I also had a tomboy-ish side to me as well. And you know what? I grew out of that phase, and now I work at a Make-Up boutique and love fashion. Angelina seems (and I say SEEMS,… Read more »
amy27
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I was like Shiloh for sure. Once in my life, i was her. Except the part that my parents are Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt! Until my high school i was tomboy. I want to be a boy. My mom is a tomboy one. She is a police. And so my dad. And my 3 older brother. I don;t have any girly figure in my family. And guess what? I still go to the prom with gown and i learn to wear skirt and some ruflle blouse now because of my work. And I NEVER feel so depressed by my… Read more »
amy27
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and i even hate my name back then. amanda. i never want to called amy or mandy. i want to be called as andy. you could believe me or not, i don’t care. but i always be amy, inside, whatever people called me….

Shannon
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Amen! I would much rather see my daughters in baggy shorts and huge t-shirts than wearing these tight, low cut tops and ass-displaying mini-skirts you see 5 years olds running around in now! *shudder* I completely agree with Angelina. There is nothing wrong with letting a child be who they want to be, and express themselves, as long as they’re not doing anything dangerous or unhealthy. And I’m sorry, but does it really look Shiloh is being forced to do anything? She is one of the happiest looking Hollywood kids I’ve seen. She seems like she is always having a… Read more »
edeilon
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Finally, two responses I can actually agree with! Well said, both of you.

Anonymous
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The blonde-blue eyed child wanted to chop her hair off and dress as a boy and people are freakin out…get a life!! Angelina is absolutely right, she should know her father seems like a controll freak. Like she said, you have got to listen to your kids and stop telling them that they are always wrong. Parents could learn a thing or two from their kids. Parenting is a two-way street. As you can tell, Angelina thinks the world of her mom and her Dad well….I think Voight has shown us with time who the crazy one really is and… Read more »
Anonymous
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Chastity Bono was always dressed as a girly girl like the poster above that is trans-gender. Best wishes in your life and I am happy you have overcome your mother’s parenting (to a good degree) All the best for the rest of your life.

Aaron
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I think it’s great that Jolie is allowing her children to express themselves. And good luck to Shiloh, whether zie turns out to be trans, gay, or just a tomboy. The world needs more parents who are accepting of their children’s preferences.

Anonymous
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Whether Shiloh is transgender or not, it’s none of our business. It can be phase or it could really be who she is. Allowing a child to dress that way isn’t going to turn them gay or anything. She can always choose to wear girl clothes if she wants. If Shiloh comes out as trans ten years from now, then ok. Either way, it’s not hurting anyone.

Angie
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LEAVE HER ALONE. I totally agree my Children pick most of there clothes my daughter (although not always a tom boy)but who is also 4years VERY TALKATIVE TOO Loves to wear her 13 year old brothers T-Shirts I see no harm in that, her best friend is a boy so she associates with boys but she also likes Girly things too many a times she tries to run out with her disney princess costumes on. If you press a certain style onto children they will rebel, so letting them make some choices on there own is quite normal, I applaud… Read more »
Angie
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LEAVE HER ALONE. I totally agree my Children pick most of there clothes my daughter (although not always a tom boy)but who is also 4years VERY TALKATIVE TOO Loves to wear her 13 year old brothers T-Shirts I see no harm in that, her best friend is a boy so she associates with boys but she also likes Girly things too many a times she tries to run out with her disney princess costumes on. If you press a certain style onto children they will rebel, so letting them make some choices on there own is quite normal, I applaud… Read more »
nanpan
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I agree with Angelina, wholeheartedly. Everyone parents differently, if you don’t think children should be allowed autonomy, then don’t parent that way, it’s your choice. I won’t judge you for being strict, nor should you judge a permissive parent for allowing their child to choose their own clothing (oh no! How will they ever learn boundaries???)

Anon1
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That poor lil thing is a product of bad parenting and narcissism. I don’t want to judge another parent but clearly this little gal is becoming what her mother wants her to become- controversial. There is something wrong with Jolie, unless Shiloh is trans gender (in that case she should be allowed to choose her sex) Jolie is projecting her attention seeking antics on this poor child and using the child for attention. When she was a few days old, this gal was dressed in boys clothes. Did she choose them? Shi realizes that the only way she can get… Read more »
Anonymous
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HOLY cow! you said what i was thinking!
ANgelina Jolie dressed this baby as a boy since she was an infant. GOOGLE it people. you will see pictures of this tiny newborn dressed in boys clothes, always. Angelina jolie is sick person.

LJK
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hmmm…when has it become “controversial” for little girls to wear pants? Just because the three year old or four year old child has a preference for boy type clothes should not open her up to such bizarre judgement on her parents or her sense of style. As for being a baby dressed in boy clothes within days of her birth, I guess there must be frilly and lacey onesies on the market. Strange that my sister-in-law only bought the same type of plain cotton onesies that I dressed my boys in….yes, I am being sarcastic. come on folks…it’s just a… Read more »
Peta
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Have you forgotten those pictures of Shiloh with long hair AND girl clothes for much of the first 2.5 years of her life? Look through the archives; there are more than 1 photos of Shiloh in dresses and Mary Jane shoes. And how come Zahara isn’t dressed as a boy since, as you say, Angie is biased towards her sons and Z would undoubtedly feel as left out as Shiloh?

anon
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Oh my gosh, this is hilarious. You start off saying “I don’t want to judge another parent,” and then you follow with three paragraphs of some of the most judgmental and presumptuous statements that I’ve read on this board. Thanks for the good laugh 🙂

Anonymous
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You honestly believe they would force their daughter to dress like a boy for attention? No matter how famous they are or how much you dislike them, they are just parents like anyone else that love their kids! And I don’t think would ever consider using their own kids as leverage for more attention. If you see pictures from when Shiloh was younger she was dressed in girl clothing but obviously that’s not what she wanted as she got older and I don’t think that had anything to do with attention. I wanted to be a boy when I was… Read more »
mslewis
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I totally agree with Angelina. She is being a responsible parent by allowing her children to make their own decisions about the way they want to dress. How a child chooses to dress is just not that important. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Childhood is too short for a child to be unhappy about something like this. To Anon who works with transgender children . . . perhaps the children you work with are unhappy and confused because their parents are unhappy and confused. Why can’t these parents just accept that their children know that they were “born in the… Read more »
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Anonymous
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I totally agree. If this child happens to be transgendered (which I have no idea if she is or not), not forcing her to be girlie when she would rather be a tombody will save her a lot of psychological problems later in life, if that is the case, when she feels like an outcast. My friend is transgendered, had reassignment surgery later in life, and is now a woman, finally, after years and years of trying to pretend to be a man and got almost to the point of suicide. She is now happy being what she always felt… Read more »
Anonymous
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or confused.

Heart
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Either way, she’s a cute lil thing…can’t deny that!

Heart
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I wonder, with CHILDREN having all this…freedom to express themselves..where are the boundaries? When is too much, too much? It’s one thing to express yourself, but it’s another to thing to not know who you are in the first place. Not saying Shiloh doesn’t know she’s a girl, I guess, I’m saying why not nuture her being a girl just as they nuture her pretending to be a boy? I guess I’m just old fashioned, I don’t think CHILDREN should be making decisions, I thought that was the parent’s job. I also wonder if this is something that will continue… Read more »
Janna
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So you don’t think it’s okay to give your children choices? To let them decide whether to wear the pink shirt or the blue one? Whether they wear their hair in a ponytail or not? Whether to eat carrots or peas? Whether to watch Blue Clues or Sesame Street? We’re not talking about lifelong decisions, we’re not talking about allowing a four-year old to make decisions that could be dangerous. We’re not even talking about boundaries. What’s the harm in saying “You WILL get dressed, what you wear is up to you” or “You must brush your hair, but you… Read more »
carmen
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“but it’s another to thing to not know who you are in the first place.” What do you mean by this? (Who are we to decide she is not being herself?) “why not nuture her being a girl just as they nuture her pretending to be a boy”? (Why does she have to fit into society’s version of what a girl is suppose to be?) “I don’t think CHILDREN should be making decisions”(I agree.Parents should decide when there kids should go to bed or whether or not they should get vaccinations.I am not sure why parents get to force kids… Read more »
Heart
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This is just my opinion…it’s not set in Gold. As you have your opinion, I have mine. These are not my children, so how Angie and Brad raise them is on them. I stated how I would raise mine. No, it’s not hurting anyone…but this is the topic of discussion at this time, which is why I commented. Again, this “form of expression” is cool for you and Angie and that’s okay, whatever works for you and your kids. However, it doesn’t change my opinion and I wasn’t trying to change anyone elses. If Shiloh wants to dress like a… Read more »
carmen
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I know that it is your opinion.I was simply responding with mine.

heheh
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You go Carmen!!!!!!! 😀

Grace
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I don’t think children should be making decisions about major things. But I think children should be allowed to have as many choices as possible when it comes to smaller things. For example: If it’s the dead of winter then the kids have to wear weather-appropriate clothes, no flimsy dresses or shorts in January, that kind of thing. But I don’t see any harm that can come from letting them decide what they wear within those boundaries. I also let my kids pick which fruit or vegetable they want to eat (the decision about whether to eat fruit/vegetable to begin… Read more »
Heart
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I agree with you on that..but I was saying nuture both sides..she may have a choice in what she wants to wear, but FOR ME, it wouldn’t be all the time. There maybe days when I need my little girl to wear a dress and because I’ve allowed her to have the “freedom” to wear what she wants, she decides she isn’t going along with it. Children should have choices, no doubt about that! Shiloh is a cutie, actually all of the kids are adorable! I mean I wouldn’t be able to leave them they’re so cute! But again, whatever… Read more »
nanpan
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Yes, exactly, Grace! My mother didn’t allow my brother or me to have any choices at all as children. She actually chose what I would wear on a daily basis until I was 13, and even after that, she had to approve what I purchased to wear. Because all our decisions were made for us, my brother and I have struggled to make decisions as adults. We also have a hard time stepping up the plate and doing simple things on our own (like making a phone call to a stranger). Children should be allowed to make choices that are… Read more »
jennifer
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I agree completely! Parents are parents and the child is the child. The parent is responsible for teaching this growing human being about themselves and their environment.

Anonymous
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Couldn’t agree more.

Ang
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I do agree

Anonymous
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@Mandie Rene-Charles never said he wanted to be a girl. He was just a boy with long hair. Being a tomboy & wanting to be a boy are two different things. I work with children who have gender issues & will most likely transgender into the gender they feel they should be. If this is what Shiloh wants, then it’s great that her parents support her. But if this is just a ploy that they are using for their own popularity, to gain press for their various “charities” or political machism, then it is very sad. Working with parents of… Read more »
Anonymous
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I agree to let her be herself. The other thing that crossed my mind was most transgender people will tell you that they knew around age 3 that they were born in the wrong body. I’m not saying this is the case here, but if it is, then it is good that they allow her to be herself and dress like she wants to. It will cause less psychological trauma later in life. Maybe she just enjoys the comfort of the clothes to allow her to play freely instead of being boggled down by clumsy pretty dresses, etc. Whatever the… Read more »
Manon
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July 10:46: right on. You said it all.

Janna
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I couldn’t agree more. It’s *is* interesting watching this little girl becoming her own person (just as interesting as watching how girly Zahara seems to be). Thank goodness they let their kids express themselves!!

To those who thinks “she looks too much like a boy” or “she must be spoiled” or “how could they let her dress/act like this”….. what is it about their decision to let her be that makes you so angry???

Mandie
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for the first time in long time I AGREE WITH ANGELINA. God it happens with boys AND girls. Shiloh wants to be a boy, dress like a boy. And why shouldn’t she? Our society is absolutely ridiculous to think they can dictate who should do what and wear what. My favorite celebrity kid is Rene-Charles, because of his gorgeous long hair! Does that make him any less a boy? NO!!!!!!!!! Same for Shiloh. If she wants to be a boy, she can be a boy! If she wants to be a girl, be a girl! If she wants to be… Read more »
Beatrice
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Whoa, Anon1. You’re making A LOT of assumptions.

I wonder if the pressure would be off if she wasn’t such a cute kid. It seems the people who can’t tolerate Shiloh’s choice feel that she needs to fulfill some sort of stereotype because of her looks.

She’s so young. This could all turn around in no time. — Or maybe not.

jennifer
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I love this family!! But.. if Shiloh was my child.. she would be more socialized with girls play. I would let my child dress any way they choose, but with limits. I am the parent, the child is the child. Children need guidance and consistency when growing up. Some girls are never into “girly” things as a child, but I do think that socializing with girls only at times is very important.

carmen
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Shiloh has a sister who seems to be on the girly side.Yet she still is a tomboy.I don’t think her socializing with girls or “girl” things is the problem.I actually don’t think there is a problem.Shiloh likes “boy” clothes and likes to do “boy” things.Who cares?

Audrey
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It called picking your battles. Dressing in boys clothes isn’t really a big deal. I can remember when my grandmother thought it was terrible that I and my girl cousins started being allowed to wear pants to school and they quit offering Home Economics. I am old enough to remember when we couldn’t. : ) She was certain we girls were all going to be transgender, not know our proper “roles in life, never have children, yada yada yada. Didn’t happen though. I just imagine Shiloh will be fine.

Olivia
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I have a friend who let her son express himself creatively for about a year, when he was about four. He wanted to be called Sara, and he loved to wear tights and leotards. His mom assumed that this meant that he was gay, which she had no problem with. A couple of months later, he stopped wearing tights and leotards and never asked to be called Sara again. He is now seven, obsessed with baseball and soccer and acts in stereotypical boyish ways. I truly think that when we make more of a deal out of something than is… Read more »
nanpan
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You’re unhinged. You need to get a grip. You act like Angelina Jolie has done something personally inappropriate to you. She hasn’t. Her life doesn’t effect you and you’re taking things far too personally. Please, seriously, seek help.

KATE
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You only have to google “Shiloh 2 1/2 YEARS” and you will see that Angelina was already dressing her in boys clothes at that age, pushing this whole thing so that she can act like such an enlightened mother over the rest of all mothers over the world! It’s so transparent!!!

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