What You Never Knew About Zahara Jolie-Pitt

Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt is the eldest daughter of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Although she manages to keep a relatively low profile, the Ethiopian-born teen has plenty to boast about. From her global humanitarian work to her legendary style, this young powerhouse has achieved quite a lot — and she's just getting started.

Although she seems to be the perfect synthesis of her mom's best qualities, it's clear that Zahara has also grown into her own. In a 2020 Time 100 talk with climate activist Vanessa Nakate, Angelina Jolie poured over her love and admiration for her daughter (via People). The filmmaker said, "My daughter is from Ethiopia, one of my children ... and I have learned so much from her. She is my family, but she is an extraordinary African woman and her connection to her country, her continent, is her own, and it's something I only stand back in awe of."

Despite being known for her illustrious family ties, there is so much more to her story.

She goes to Spelman College, a historically Black women's university

The future looks bright for Zahara Jolie-Pitt, who began her college journey this fall at the esteemed Spelman College. Founded in 1881, Spelman is a historically Black women's college that specializes in science and liberal arts. Zahara joins a long list of iconic women with roots at the Atlanta, Georgia, university — including Dr. Bernice King, Stacy Abrams, and writer Alice Walker. In late July 2022, Angelina posted an Instagram photo of Zahara smiling with a group of her friends, announcing that her "Spelman girl" was off to college.

To celebrate the exciting new chapter, the pair attended a welcome event hosted by Spelman Alumni, where they got to know some of Zahara's administrators and classmates. The mother-daughter duo was even captured on video dancing to the electric slide during the festivities. The priceless moment went viral on TikTok

Everyone in the Jolie-Pitt family seemed to be thrilled for the college freshman. In a red carpet interview in August, Brad Pitt boasted about Zahara, saying "She's so smart. She's going to flourish even more at college. It's an exciting and beautiful time to find her own way and pursue her interests. I'm so proud" (via Vanity Fair). We can't wait to see what Zahara will achieve at Spelman!

She has designed a jewelry line

Zahara is known for her dazzling red carpet looks but in 2019, she sent fashion lovers into even more of a frenzy when she stepped out at the "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" premiere in gorgeous jewelry that she designed herself (via People). Her jewelry line, which she named the Zahara Collection, was a collaboration with Robert Procop, the famed jeweler who once designed Brangelina's engagement ring. The young jewelry designer's red carpet look showcased several pieces from her upcoming collection, including earrings, a bracelet, and an elegant citrine ring.

Best of all, Zahara chose to donate all of the proceeds from the Zahara Collection to charity, according to Hello BeautifulHouse of Ruth Shelters, an organization that provides transitional housing for domestic abuse survivors, was the beneficiary. It seems that Zahara has certainly inherited her mom's eye for fashion, as well as her heart for philanthropy.

Her zodiac sign is Capricorn

Zahara Jolie-Pitt was born on January 8, 2005, making her a Capricorn. Like others born under this astrological sign, which spans from December 22 to January 19, Zahara is likely to be determined, hard-working, and goal-oriented. Capricorn is associated with the Earth element, which is known for practicality and reliability. If Zahara's personality is anything like her zodiac sign predicts, then friends and family are incredibly lucky to have such a kind and nurturing soul in their lives.

Ambitious and persistent, Capricorns are not afraid to put in hard work, and they know how to achieve results. With all of these powerful traits, Zahara's success seems written in the stars. This young woman is sure to conquer anything she puts her mind to. According to Cosmopolitan, you can always count on a Capricorn to take charge. Strong leadership skills seem evident in Zahara, who has already been involved in political and humanitarian action at home and abroad (via E! News). Although their personalities might occasionally clash, Zahara and her Gemini mom, Angelina, probably balance each other out very well. 

She has acting credits

In a 2019 interview with People, Angelina Jolie revealed that none of her children are interested in acting. Of their future aspirations, she told the magazine, "None of my kids want to be actors. [They're into] business, humanitarian affairs, things like that."

Still, growing up so close to the industry has surely made an impression on the Jolie-Pitt kids. And over the years, a few of Angelina's multi-talented minis have tried dipping their toes into various aspects of showbiz. In 2017, Angelina's son Maddox Jolie-Pitt served as an executive producer on "First They Killed My Father," a film about the Cambodian genocide which took place in the 1970s. Pax Jolie-Pitt also worked on the project, acting as a set photographer. At just 2 years old, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt appeared in the 2008 film, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." Following in her big sister's footsteps, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt portrayed a young Aurora in 2014's "Maleficent."

In 2013, Zahara had her moment. She showed off her voice acting skills as Meng Meng in "Kung Fu Panda 3." The cast included her siblings Pax, Shiloh, and Knox, as well as her mom, Angelina. Jack Black, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, and a host of other superstars also lent their voices for the animated movie. In 2014, Zahara also appeared in the uncredited role of "girl" in "Maleficent." Credit to Angelina and Brad for allowing her kiddos to explore show business while also encouraging them to find and pursue their own passions!

She is following in Angelina Jolie's activist footsteps

Just like her mother, Zahara Jolie-Pitt seems devoted to creating positive change in the world. In 2021 and early 2022, the teen joined her mother in Washington, D.C., as an advocate for the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, a measure that aims to address and prevent domestic violence (via NBC News). According to the National Network to End Domestic Violence, the bill also contained stronger measures to support LGBTQ+ individuals and to expand tribal jurisdictions. The VAWA Reauthorization Act was signed into law in March 2022, per The White House

In February 2022, Angelina Jolie posted to Instagram about a visit to D.C. In the caption, she shared, "Heading into the Senate's Introduction of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, I'm grateful and humbled to join with dedicated advocates and legislators. I'm also glad to share in the advocacy with Zajara — and for her presence to calm my nerves before today's press conference." 

Zahara's humanitarian efforts span the globe. In 2018, the young activist joined her mother and sister Shiloh at a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan. People magazine caught up with the trio on the trip and captured a photo of Angelina and her daughters smiling while seated around a table with Syrian women. In another image, Zahara and Shiloh can be seen feeding chickens at the camp. With the influence of her mother, who has completed approximately 60 field missions with the UN Refugee Agency, we are sure to see more humanitarian work from Zahara in the future. 

Zahara was believed to have been an orphan when adopted

It's no secret that the Jolie-Pitt brood is one of the most talked-about families in Hollywood. As is the case with her siblings, public interest has swirled around Zahara ever since she joined the family at 6 months old. Angelina Jolie has remained open about the circumstances behind the adoptions of Zahara and her brothers, Maddox and Pax. In an interview with Vogue India, Angelina spoke of valuing her adopted children's cultural identities, saying, "When they are from another race and foreign land, that mystery, that gift, is so full. For them, they must never lose touch with where they came from. They have roots that you do not. Honour them. Learn from them. It's the most amazing journey to share. They are not entering your world, you are entering each other's worlds."

Jolie had previously shared that Zahara was believed to be an orphan. However, in 2007, Reuters spoke with Zahara's birth mother, Mentwabe Dawit. In the harrowing interview, Dawit explained that she had been a victim of sexual violence and was unable to care for Zahara at the time of her birth. To make matters worse, the infant was sick and malnourished. "I was desperate and decided to run away, rather than see my child dying," she told the publication. Fearing Dawit had died, her mother put the child up for adoption.

Since the news broke, Zahara's birth mother has spoken to several news outlets, maintaining that she is thankful for the life that her biological daughter was given. Reflecting on Zahara's adoption, Mentwabe told Reuters, "I wish them both all the success they deserve."

Zahara's brother Maddox Jolie-Pitt was involved in her adoption

Maddox Jolie-Pitt may have been the first to know that Zahara was a perfect fit for the Jolie family. The mother and son visited an Ethiopian orphanage in 2005, where they saw Zahara for the first time. Maddox, who was only 3 years old back then, was instantly smitten with his soon-to-be sister. He also expressed concern for the baby, recognizing that she was ill and needed to be cared for.

Maddox was right. Soon after Zahara's adoption, the distressed family checked her into a New York City Hospital to be treated for dehydration and a salmonella infection, according to People. After a rocky start, baby Zahara recovered and the happy family was finally able to start their lives together. Zahara was officially adopted by Angelina Jolie in July 2005. Dad Brad Pitt then adopted the girl in early 2006 (via Us Weekly).

In 2005, Star Online spoke with orphanage workers who had observed Angelina and Maddox as they got to know their newest addition. One caregiver reportedly told the outlet, "When Maddox looked at the baby, he blew a kiss as if he was saying that was the girl who he wanted for his sister." These sweet beginnings laid the groundwork for what is surely an unbreakable bond between the siblings. The two are still close as evidenced by Maddox returning home from Yonsei University in South Korea to help Zahara get settled at college (via Entertainment Tonight).

A special program is named after her

For decades, Angelina Jolie has championed human rights. From supporting refugee children to advocating for women's liberation, the star's humanitarian efforts span across many nations and causes. On World Refugee Day 2021, Jolie spoke about the conditions that fuel her fight, remarking, "The way we as an international community try to address conflict and insecurity is broken. It is erratic, it is unequal, it is built on inherited privilege, it is subject to the whim of political leaders, and it is geared towards the interests of powerful countries, including my own, at the expense of others" (via UNHCR).

In 2008, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt donated $2 million to help fight tuberculosis and AIDS in Ethiopia, according to Reuters. At the time, more than 900,000 Ethiopian children had been orphaned by AIDS. As parents to Ethiopian-born Zahara, it's easy to see why the nation's public health crisis is close to thetheir hearts. As a gesture to their beloved daughter, Angelina and Brad created the Zahara Program, which funded an AIDS and tuberculosis clinic in Ethiopia (via Marie Claire).

She has met the first female president of Ethiopia

Angelina Jolie encourages Zahara to stay connected with her Ethiopian roots. Zahara has visited her country of birth several times since her adoption. And, in 2019, she had an extra special visit. She met with Sahle-Work Zewde, Ethiopia's first female president. Accompanied by her mother and sister, Shiloh, the three sat down with Zewde to discuss the country's history and culture through women's eyes, according to ET Canada.

The women addressed important topics that impact Ethiopian society, such as public health and education. They also discussed issues like access to sanitary pads, because Ethiopian women and girls are often forced to stay home from school when they get their periods due to a lack of access to menstrual products. This is a common issue in many parts of the country, and finding solutions would help ensure that more Ethiopians are able to receive an education.

She speaks French

The Jolie-Pitt kids are famously well-rounded. From their scholastic achievements to their interests in sports, fashion, and humanitarianism, Angelina Jolie and Bradd Pitt's kids seem to have the world at their fingertips. So it's no surprise that all of the siblings have taken to learning new languages. In an interview with BBC Radio 4 back in 2016, Angelina revealed that Zahara chose to learn French (via Us Weekly). Magnifique!

While talking with the BBC, Angelina shared insight on how her children relate to people from other cultures, particularly those impacted by war and other humanitarian crises. The actress said, "I want them to meet people around the world and have so much admiration and respect for people suffering different realities and surviving them with such grace and dignity" (via Entertainment Tonight). Although none of her other children were learning French, they chose other languages to focus on. "They're interested in other cultures," she confirmed to the BBC. Surely Zahara's francophone skills will be a huge asset as she continues her travels and her humanitarian work!

She is an ace at organization

In a 2020 interview with E! News, Angelina got real about the excitement and mayhem that come with having a large family. Sharing a glimpse into their daily lives, she explained, "You know, I've never really been one who valued relaxation. I like chaos."

The star described how she balances work with family time, saying, "I've been on high level meetings where there's dogs and balls and kids and things. You kind of just enjoy being human with everybody else and laughing through it." Still, even those who thrive in chaos need a little bit of order sometimes. Luckily for Angelina, Zahara seems to help balance out the upheaval with her amazing organizational skills.

While Angelina tries to provide structure for her children in the form of schedules, she has admitted that Zahara is the queen of keeping their home organized. Jolie revealed to E! News that her oldest daughter is the most organized member of the Jolie-Pitt clan. In fact, the mom of six raved, "My daughter Zahara is better at organizing things than I am."

She's close with her sister, Shiloh

The Jolie-Pitts are a tightly knit family, but Zahara seems to have a built-in best friend in her sister Shiloh (via Life & Style). Born less than two years apart, the sisters share many common interests — like their mutual passion for humanitarianism. Both of the accomplished siblings are lifelong human rights advocates who often join their mom abroad to address poverty, displacement, public health issues, and more.

Zahara and Shiloh also seem to bond over shopping excursions. The duo is often photographed out and about with their mom carrying handfuls of colorful shopping bags. In January 2021, the siblings, who were both born in Africa, were spotted browsing an Ethiopian boutique in Los Angeles, reported the Daily Mail. The young fashion icons also enjoy upcycling their mom's older red carpet looks. In October 2021, Shiloh appeared in a stunning black and white dress originally worn by Angelina. The same year, Zahara stepped out in a show-stopping metallic beaded gown handed down from her mom.

More than anything, it seems like the sisters genuinely enjoy each other's company. Even when they're not traveling abroad or hitting the L.A. shopping scene, they find joy in quiet moments together. In September 2021, Angelina posted Instagram photos of her oldest girls enjoying some downtime at home. The first photo shows Zahara smiling as she looks up from the pages of "The Bluest Eyes" by Toni Morrison. In the next photo, Shiloh is transfixed while reading Akala's "The Dark Lady." Fans fawned over this glimpse of Angelina's children.

She's friends with Millie Bobby Brown

Celebrity kids really know how to have fun — and Zahara and her sister, Shiloh, proved it in a series of photos that show them palling around with "Stranger Things" star Millie Bobby Brown. In 2019, Brown gushed about her friendship with the sisters on Instagram, posting a photo of the trio along with a caption that read "Best friends 4L".

Some of the trio's best gal pal moments have included late-night snack runs, dinner dates, and a trip to Starbucks. In 2019, Zahara and Shiloh supported their bestie at the "Stranger Things" Season 3 premiere party, which took place on the Santa Monica pier. An unnamed source allegedly told Hollywood Life. "It was really normal and really nice to see that they could all be out of the limelight for a few moments and just have a good time and be young teen girls."

It's possible that the siblings met Brown through their mom Angelina, as they both work with the United Nations (via Hola! magazine). Just like Zahara, the enterprising star has a hand in multiple projects, including her makeup line, Florence By Mills. Perhaps the A-listers connected over their endless talents and interests.