If you have a spare $20,000 and were wondering what you might spend it on, there’s a portrait of Angelina Jolie post-double mastectomy by Johan Andersson. The proceeds will go towards Falling Whistles charity that campaigns for peace in the Congo (a cause which Angelina Jolie cares about, and was a good deal less predictable than a breast cancer charity).You can see it here. It is extremely tasteful! According to Artlyst:
Andersson who has made a name for himself through highly aestheticised portraits of Amy Winehouse and Muammar Gaddaffi says ‘My Mother had aggressive breastcancer when I was 15, the thought of her having to have a mesectomy really scared me and she was fortunate enough to have surgery without the masectomy. The recent news about Angelina stirred an anxiety within me leading me to paint this portrait. There is an underlying awkwardness in her demeanour in juxtaposition to the natural beauty of her face.’
Obviously, it is terribly unfortunate that Angelina Jolie underwent a double mastectomy. She was very brave for sharing the details of the procedure, and hopefully her doing so will help other women in similar situations. However, her body seems like it is doing more good in the world than ever (and I say that as someone who think that Original Sin is a pretty great movie that definitely improved my quality of life.) While normally we’d make fun of you for spending tens of thousands on a picture of a naked celebrity, in this case, it actually doesn’t seem like the worst thing you could buy.
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