In Defense Of Shiloh Jolie-Pitt’s ‘Montenegro Style’


Much has been made of Shiloh Jolie-Pitt’s penchant for boy’s clothing, most of it entirely sensational and borderline offensive. Angelina Jolie, who covers the August issue of Vanity Fair, opens up to the magazine about Shiloh and what she calls her “Montenegro Style.”

According to USA Today — the quote isn’t in the excerpts Vanity Fair published online — Jolie told the mag:

“[Shiloh dresses] like a little dude. Shiloh, we feel, has Montenegro style. It’s how people dress there. She likes tracksuits, she likes (regular) suits. She likes to dress like a boy. She wants to be a boy. So we had to cut her hair. She likes to wear boys’ everything. She thinks she’s one of the brothers.”

We have no idea what “Montenegro Style” is — or that the Jolie-Pitts had spent much time there — but we love Jolie’s wholehearted embracement of Shiloh’s steez. We can only imagine what would have happened if tabloids had covered our childhood sartorial decisions. Some examples:

“I once wore a black plastic garbage bag to school as a dress. I cut holes in the top and sides for head and arms, and belted it. I thought it looked pretty. In truth, I was right. But I did get mocked. For years that followed me. The plastic was stiff enough to stick out like a poufy crinoline. I remember thinking it was so smart and normal. Oh, also I think I wore a bathing suit underneath. Mindful of showing my little panties!!” Rachel Sklar, age 7.

“My worst was pimping oversized windbreakers with Tweety bird back embroidery.” Rika Nurruhmah, age 9.

“I once wore fubu head to toe. It wasn’t bad enough that I wore one designer’s shirt, pants and shoes, but I wore a BAD designer’s shirt, pants and shoes.” Justin Fenner, age 10.

“I used to wear the clothes they sold in the American Girl catalog and match it with my doll… The worst one was this red vinyl vest over a red and black striped turtle neck when I was in second grade.” Hillary Frazier, age 7.

“I once braided a front section of my hair into a teeny-tiny little plait. Unfortunately, when I tried to un-braid it, it got tangled. In a move that highlights my utter lack of patience, I decided to just cut it off at the roots. Naturally, it grew in very slowly, so for about 3 months I had nothing but a spike of hair sticking straight up from my forehead. I also refused to wear anything but pants until I turned 12.” Me, age 5.

“When I was little I insisted on wearing tee shirts that went below my knees. I also never brushed my hair.” Ruthie Friedlander, age 0-12.

Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, wherever you are, take comfort in the fact that you and your Montenegro Style are most definitely not alone.

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