Angelina Jolie's daring photoshoot with bees for 18 mins goes viral

Hollywood megastar Angelina Jolie recently shot for National Geographic magazine to promote the initiative of bee conversation on World Bee Day.

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On the cover of a magazine, Angelina is captured looking towards the camera and her full body is covered with bees. During this time of crisis, photographer Dan Winters was concerned about the health of everyone present on set during the photo shoot. 

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Angelina could be seen calmly sitting, wearing a white off-shoulder Gabriela Hearst dress.

Talking about it, he said, “As a long-time beekeeper myself, when I was given the assignment, my main concern was safety. Shooting during the pandemic, with Angelina, a full crew, and live bees made the execution complex. I knew the only way to ensure we achieved the desired effect for the photo was to use the same technique that Avedon used 40 years ago to create his iconic portrait ‘The Beekeeper’.”

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He added that Italian bees were used for the shoot and Angelina stood still to avoid bees stinging. He said, “Everyone on set, except Angelina, had to be in a protective suit for the protection. I applied the pheromone by my hands on her where I want bees to congregate. The bees are attracted to the pheromone, but it also encourages them not to swarm. Angelina stood perfectly still, covered in bees for 18 minutes without a sting. Being around bees is always an experience that leaves me in awe. I feel like offering for World Bee Day has its roots in photographic history.”

Speaking about the experience, Jolie said, “With so much, we are worried about around the world, bee conservation is one issue that we can manage. We can certainly all step in and do our part.”

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Angelina Jolie is working with UNESCO on Women for Bees, a five-year program launched by UNESCO and is regarded as ‘godmother’.