Angelina Jolie Poses With A Swarm Of Bees On World Bee Day To Raise Awareness

Angelina Jolie has successfully made this year’s World’s Bee Day an unforgettable one. This global celebrity and philanthropist, came on board with National Geographic to raise awareness about the need to protect bees. As part of the collaboration, she was photographed covered in bees.

Dan Winters, a National Geographic photographer and also a beekeeper, captured stunning photographs of Jolie fully covered in bees.


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The actress has long been associated with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UHCR) and is now working with “UNESCO and Guerlain on a Women for Bees initiative”. They are intending to create 2,500 beehives and restock 125 million bees by the year 2025. Another of their aims is to train and support 50 women beekeepers.

Dan Winters shared that his first and foremost concern was the “safety” of both Jolie and everyone else involved in the shoot. He further added, “Shooting during the pandemic, with a full crew and live bees, made the execution complex.” To make sure the shoot becomes successful despite all the troubles, he used the same technique Richard Avedon used 40 years ago.

Watch The Video Below How The Crew Put It All Together

They used an Italian variety of bees that are usually much calmer than other bees. His friend Konrad Bouffard, a master beekeeper, was hired to keep the bees calm during the shoot. They also used the same pheromone from the Avedon shoot which would attract the bees to certain parts of Jolie’s body but not swarm. Furthermore, they had to take extra care to make sure the place of shooting was quiet and fairly dark. Except for Angelina, everyone on set wore a protective suit.

“Angelina stood perfectly still, covered in bees for 18 minutes without a sting,” Winters wrote. At the end of the shoot, everyone was awestruck. Not only did they successfully shot with live bees on set, but they also got to honor bees, beekeepers, and Avedon’s iconic image.

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