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Angelina Jolie has become fastest Instagram user to gain 1M followers

Angelina Jolie has become the fastest Instagram user to gain one million followers.

The 46-year-old actress joined the photo-sharing platform over the weekend, and she has quickly amassed more than seven million followers on Instagram.

The Eternals actress surpassed Rupert Grint and Sir David Attenborough to claim the record, as she amassed 2.1million new followers in under three hours.

She is being followed by Drew Barrymore, Bella Hadid, Bella Thorne, Gretchen Rossi, Chrishell Stause, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Helena Christiansen, to name a few. 

Yeah Angie! Angelina Jolie has become the fastest Instagram user to gain one million followers; Jolie seen in 2019 in London

The Hollywood star joined the platform to share a photograph of a heart-breaking letter from a teenage girl in Afghanistan, where the Taliban recently gained control of the country.

Angelina’s post read: ‘This is a letter I was sent from a teenage girl in Afghanistan. Right now, the people of Afghanistan are losing their ability to communicate on social media and to express themselves freely. So I’ve come on Instagram to share their stories and the voices of those across the globe who are fighting for their basic human rights.’

She added, ‘I was on the border of Afghanistan two weeks before 9/11, where I met Afghan refugees who had fled the Taliban. This was twenty years ago.

‘It is sickening to watch Afghans being displaced yet again out of the fear and uncertainty that has gripped their country.

‘To spend so much time and money, to have blood shed and lives lost only to come to this, is a failure almost impossible to understand.’

Taking action: The 46-year-old actress joined the photo-sharing platform over the weekend, and she has quickly amassed more than seven million followers on Instagram; seen in 2019

Taking action: The 46-year-old actress joined the photo-sharing platform over the weekend, and she has quickly amassed more than seven million followers on Instagram; seen in 2019

Angelina pledged to continue to support the Afghan people.

Her post continued: ‘Watching for decades how Afghan refugees – some of the most capable people in the world – are treated like a burden is also sickening. Knowing that if they had the tools and respect, how much they would do for themselves. And meeting so many women and girls who not only wanted an education, but fought for it.

‘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 46-year-old actress and activist joined the social networking site on Friday.

Action: The Hollywood star joined the platform to share a photograph of a heart-breaking letter from a teenage girl in Afghanistan, where the Taliban recently gained control of the country. 'Right now, the people of Afghanistan are losing their ability to communicate on social media and to express themselves freely,' Jolie wrote

Action: The Hollywood star joined the platform to share a photograph of a heart-breaking letter from a teenage girl in Afghanistan, where the Taliban recently gained control of the country. ‘Right now, the people of Afghanistan are losing their ability to communicate on social media and to express themselves freely,’ Jolie wrote

Speaking up: Angie felt compelled to join in a moment when women and young people in Afghanistan are losing the ability to communicate on social media and express themselves freely,' a source told People

Speaking up: Angie felt compelled to join in a moment when women and young people in Afghanistan are losing the ability to communicate on social media and express themselves freely,’ a source told People

A source told People that Jolie joined Instagram to help spread awareness about the potential oppression of women in Afghanistan as their own abilities to communicate are being cut off.

‘Angie felt compelled to join in a moment when women and young people in Afghanistan are losing the ability to communicate on social media and express themselves freely,’ the source said. ‘From her point of view, if she’s able to be a part of the effort to amplify their voices, then she felt it was reason enough to join and use her platform.’

The girl also wrote about how it was harder to go to school with the Taliban patrolling, and how much safer she felt before they were back in power.

She also worried that her school would be closed down on their order.

The teenager feared Afghanistan would go back to the ‘past 20 years,’ to a time when women had ‘no rights,’ when she said they were expected to work at home and had lost their ‘freedom.’ 

Covered up: Jolie included a photo of Afghan women who were clothed head-to-toe in burqas

Covered up: Jolie included a photo of Afghan women who were clothed head-to-toe in burqas

On the ground: She recounted being on the 'border of Afghanistan  two weeks before 9/11' and meeting refugees  'who had fled the Taliban'; seen in 2018 in Brussels, Belgium

On the ground: She recounted being on the ‘border of Afghanistan  two weeks before 9/11’ and meeting refugees  ‘who had fled the Taliban’; seen in 2018 in Brussels, Belgium

Jolie included a photo of Afghan women who were clothed head-to-toe in burqas. 

American troops in Afghanistan are now confined to running Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, where American citizens and Afghans have been rushing to exit the country amid a full-scale Taliban takeover in recent days.

The date for the US military to leave Afghanistan was originally set for May 1 by former President Donald Trump in a deal he signed with the Taliban, though President Joe Biden announced in April that he was pushing the final date to September.

The president’s military advisors informed him that there would be ‘weeks or months’ left to get Afghans who had helped the US out of the country following the September withdrawal, but they appear not to have counted on the weakness of the Afghan military, which almost immediately crumbled and failed to put up a fight against Taliban forces that quickly seized most of the country’s cities.

On defense: In a speech over the weekend, President Biden reiterated that the timetable for exiting Afghanistan had largely been set by his predecessor and defended it as the best option; seen August 18 in Washington, D.C.

On defense: In a speech over the weekend, President Biden reiterated that the timetable for exiting Afghanistan had largely been set by his predecessor and defended it as the best option; seen August 18 in Washington, D.C.

In a speech last week, President Biden reiterated that the timetable for exiting Afghanistan had largely been set by his predecessor.

He admitted the US was taken off guard by the swiftness of the Taliban takeover and described scenes of mass panic at the Kabul airport as ‘gut-wrenching.’ 

Still, he said he was confident that the move to leave Afghanistan was the best possible option for the United States and that it was always going to be a difficult process.

‘The developments of the past week reinforced that ending US military involvement in Afghanistan was the right decision. … I stand squarely behind my decision. After 20 years, I’ve learned the hard way that there was never a good time to withdraw U.S. forces.’

New movie: Her next film is the Marvel feature The Eternals with Salma Hayek

New movie: Her next film is the Marvel feature The Eternals with Salma Hayek

The Taliban has claimed in recent days that it is a more moderate force than the one that ruled Afghanistan in the 1990s.

It claims that women will still be able to attend school, though they will have to be covered in clothing from head to toe.

However, the Taliban has previously required women to be separated from men who aren’t part of their family, so it seems unlikely that they’ll be able to return to school or work if they can’t be in the same room as male students and coworkers.

A single mom: Jolie seen with Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Vivienne Jolie Pitt, Zahara Jolie Pitt and Knox Jolie Pitt at the Dumbo film premiere in 2019

A single mom: Jolie seen with Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Vivienne Jolie Pitt, Zahara Jolie Pitt and Knox Jolie Pitt at the Dumbo film premiere in 2019


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