PHOTO: Angelina Jolie Is Vogue’s Most Practical Cover Star

In a fabulous yet somehow unexpected choice, Angelina Jolie covers the December issue of Vogue. We’re not sure why we think it’s unexpected — this is her fourth Vogue cover, after all — but somehow Jolie and Vogue, especially the utilitarian, fashion-eschewing Jolie she’s become, make for a surprisingly odd couple. But no matter, the interview is fascinating and wide ranging, and the portrait — shot by Mario Testino — is gorgeous.

Things we learn: Jolie only wears black, because it’s practical. And sometimes she will wear a nightgown to a meeting.

“I like to get up so every pair of pants goes with every top, every dress goes with every shoe. I’ve a very tiny closet. Brad’s always laughing at me. Some days, yes, I have the nightgown that looks like a dress that I can sleep in and pick the kids up at school. And maybe take a meeting if I switch into heels.”

She’s not a very good cook.

And does she cook their dinner? “Sometimes. I’m not the best cook. Pax is a better cook than me. Pax likes to cook. But I try to when I can. Any house that we’re in, we all chip in. But the kids are very sweet . . . so enthusiastic anytime I cook. Especially Maddox; he’s just this little man that’s very supportive of me—it’s like he’s raised me a bit. So I cooked them all breakfast before school this morning, and he has that kind of ‘Thanks, Mom! Good job!’ …I’m getting better at bacon.”

She’s supportive of her children’s eclectic tastes.

Shiloh found a dead bird, so she came in and said, ‘Can I have a dead pet?’ And I’m . . . ‘Uh-uh, I don’t think it’s healthy, honey. I think they have to put him in a box,’ and I had to run out to find, like, a taxidermy bird. I just worked it out for her.” Did Shiloh know about taxidermy? “No. But I figured that I couldn’t keep the actual dead bird from the yard, so I swayed her toward one that had been cleaned, at least.”

[via Vogue, Fashion Gone Rogue.]

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