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Angelina Jolie: Women should be proud of their bodies

Published 29/11/2015

Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie doesn't want to hide her body since her double mastectomy in 2013.

Angelina Jolie wants to help women feel proud of their bodies.

The actress decided to undergo a double mastectomy in 2013 when she found out she had an 87 per cent chance of developing breast cancer due to a defective BRCA1 gene. In her new film By the Sea she shows some skin and hopes it will help others in her position learn to love the way they look.

"I didn't want to hide and wanted to show women that these operations don't equal the end," she explained to Germany's TV Movie magazine.

"You can still have breasts. They might be slightly different to the touch, but you can still feel like a woman. We shouldn't have to be ashamed."

But that's not to say filming By the Sea was easy for Angelina. At times she worried about flashing so much flesh on camera and had to stop herself from taking scenes out.

“There were lots of scenes I wanted to change or cut,” she told the New York Times. “I realised it was going to be me (naked) in that bathtub. But I told myself, 'Put all of that aside... You can’t change or cut this scene because you’ve had a mastectomy, or because we’re married and people are going to analyse this or that. That would be cheating.'”

Luckily her husband Brad Pitt has been by her side throughout. He also stars in the film and has been her rock.

"I knew through the surgeries that he was on my side and that this wasn't something where I was gonna feel less of a woman, because my husband wasn't gonna let that happen," Angelina recently explained to revered US broadcaster Tom Brokaw.

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