Angelina Jolie's Instagram account reaches 10m followers—and her posts continue to inspire

The actor only joined the social media platform a couple of weeks ago

Angelina Jolie
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Angelina Jolie has only made three posts on her Instagram account, but it's already won her over 10 million followers.

The Tomb Raider star joined the platform just 9 days ago in a bid to shed a light on what is happening in Afghanistan—as part of her role as a special envoy for UN Refugees. 

Unlike many other celebrities, who use the social media app to give us a glimpse of their real lives, the actress has only used it to share some inspiring posts—with her first being a letter from a little girl in Afghanistan. 

The actor joined the social networking site on Friday 20th August and received 2.1 million new followers in just three hours. This means she beat Jennifer Aniston's previous record for the quickest growth to 1 million followers after her October 2019 debut on the social networking site—it took her five hours and 16 minutes.

For her first post, Angelina chose to share a photograph of a heartbreaking letter from a terrified teenage girl in Afghanistan now facing Taliban rule, and a photo of women wearing burkhas.

Along with her first post, she wrote, "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 followed it with another focusing on 'The Displaced' and sharing statistics on how the number of refugees in the world has doubled in the last 10 years. 

She explained, "I started working with displaced people because I believe passionately in human rights. Not out of charity, but out of a deep respect for them and their families, and all they continue to overcome, despite so much persecution, inequality and injustice.

"Today, 1% of the world’s population—82.4 million people—is displaced. That’s nearly twice as many as a decade before. Some crises, like the war in Afghanistan, have lasted for decades."

While the actress, who is best known for her role as Maleficent, also posted a video she made for the BBC titled Afghan Girls: An Uncertain Future.

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