Angelina Jolie joined Instagram and broke the internet

She joined the platform to highlight her work as a special envoy to the UN.

by George Griffiths
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21 August 2021, 12:30pm

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Angelina Jolie has joined Instagram, and broke a long-standing record in the process.

The actress and philanthropist can now be found @angelinajolie, and being one of the most famous women on the planet reaps its benefits too; the account became the quickest to reach the threshold of 1 million followers in the platform.

It took Angelina just three hours to gain 2.1 million followers, which bests the previous record set by Jennifer Aniston, who quite literally broke Instagram when she accumulated 1 million followers in 5 hours in 2019.

Using her first post on the platform to highlight her work as a Special Envoy to the UN, Angelina shared a letter from an anonymous Afghan Girl sharing her plight as the Taliban once again try to take control of the country.

Pledging her support to support Afghan refugees fleeing the crisis, Angelina wrote: “Like others who are committed, I will not turn away. I will continue to look for ways to help. And I hope you’ll join me.”

The current followers tally for the account stands at 5.1 million, after being active for less than 24 hours.

The incomparable actress has spent a fair few years away from the spotlight, focusing on raising her family in the wake of her split from long-time partner and ex-husband Brad Pitt. But you can’t keep a good global icon down, and Angie will return in a big way later this year as the biggest name attached to star in Marvel’s forthcoming Eternals.

Coming from Nomadland director Chloe Zhao and set for release in November, Angelina will star as Thena, a powerful warrior and part of the film’s cast of Eternals, all-powerful and immortal beings who have lived in secret on Earth for thousands of years, but are brought out of hiding to fight their evil counterparts, the Deviants.

Out of all the no-argument A+ List mainstays over the past twenty years (you know the ones you can never remember not being uber-famous), Angelina has had perhaps the most protracted and at times baffling journey.

Her style evolution is a handy mirror to this, from her roots in the late 90s as a goth outlier, transforming into one of the most famous and photographed style icons of the early-late 00s as part of Hollywood’s biggest supercouple, before winding down in the last decade or so, showcasing a more demure and mature side. A true icon, basically, in every sense of the word.

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