teen icon and inspiration: john jolie-pitt

Growing up as a child of the A+ listers is not all rainbows and unicorns. And struggling to find your identity while exploring your sexuality is far from ideal.

When Shiloh Jolie-Pitt was born, she was already a superstar. Her parents, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are among the biggest names in the industry. Their rocky romance only made them more popular.

Shiloh was born as a girl. She is also the first biological child of the two actors, which only adds to the pressure. The paparazzi started noticing that this girl was not quite as feminine as her mom. So, becoming John Jolie-Pitt was quite a challenge.

Brad and Angelina embraced Shiloh as John

While people used all sorts of names for a child, Pitt proudly stated that even when she was 2, she wasn’t Shiloh. She was already John.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, back in 2010, Jolie said:

“She wants to be a boy.”

Jolie added:

“So we had to cut her hair. She likes to wear boy clothes. She thinks she’s one of her brothers.”

Pitt mentioned that his daughter wanted to be called John. He also mentioned it on Oprah:

“She only wants to be called John. John or Peter. So it’s a Peter Pan thing.”

Some say that the family agreed to call Shiloh John in private. But the public response was brutal. Many blamed them for pushing a certain agenda on their kid, yet Pitt and Jolie wanted to give all of their kids a somewhat normal childhood.

The world obsessing over John’s clothes

Shiloh’s red carpet and candid photos started to raise eyebrows. She wore tuxedos, tracksuits, and always had short hair, and skipped fancy dresses and all things associated with girls.

Many started calling the now 14-year-old a fashion icon in the making. And if that statement isn’t reaching, we don’t know what is.

However, the teen broke down certain barriers, thanks to her parents. We always see celebrity kids as birds in golden cages. But Shiloh or John broke that tradition the moment she was old enough to pick her clothes.

It started bigger discussions about boundaries, and most psychologists agreed that Pitt and Jolie are doing a great thing by allowing their kids to express themselves.

Despite her long hair and denim shorts, John is still choosing comfort and keeping people guessing. The teen isn’t doing it on purpose, but the obsession with the Jolie-Pitt children is both expected and disturbing.

By choosing to wear more relaxed, masculine clothes, John’s impact on the young LGBTQ+ community is quite obvious. Without a word, this girl says that it’s okay to be different, explore, and insist on exploring your identity until you feel comfortable.

John Jolie-Pitt in 2021

At the beginning of 2021, people saw a different side of John Jolie-Pitt.

She also had surgery, as did her two years older sister Zahara. The sisters were spotted out and about, and John’s simple outfit, once again, cause a lot of comments.

You can see her with long hair and wearing pink sneakers. Many assumed that John’s finally embracing his femininity. Yet, according to Google, Jolie and Pitt have two daughters and three sons. It simply means two things: John’s identifying as a young man or Google’s confused.

However, we can’t help but notice that Zahara and John share a special bond, which, considering their lifestyle, is far more precious than labeling a teenager.

The two were born in Africa, they played soccer on the same team, and of course, they are close in age.

The two teenagers also spend time with the same group of famous friends, among which are Milly Bobby Brown and Pakistani-Canadian actress and Unicef Youth Advocate Saara Chaudry.

Until any official comments are made we owe it to this young person to stay positive and non-judgmental. In a desire to understand who John Jolie-Pitt is, people are for a term, a label, but John should not suffer because of the parents’ fame.

What matters the most is that you have a healthy and happy-looking teen who is obviously close to their family and doesn’t really care about fitting into any old-fashioned standards. Besides, surviving a public divorce was hard enough, and all Jolie-Pitt kids deserve their rights to privacy.