Shiloh Jolie-Pitt Is Growing Up Fast

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's daughter, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, has been in the limelight practically her entire life. Born in 2006, Shiloh's arrival was a pop culture phenomenon, gracing the cover of major magazines around the world when she was just barely out of the bassinet. Publications spent millions of dollars for the privilege of showing young Shiloh to the world, and once the public got their first glimpse of the little tot, it seemed like it was never enough.

Talked about by her parents in high-profile glossy interviews, and speculated about by low-brow supermarket tabloids, Shiloh became a serious source of public fascination. Cameras have followed Shiloh and her family through their time globe-trotting just as much as they watched them doing everyday activities.

While Shiloh has lived a relatively private life, it hasn't stopped her from attending Hollywood movie premieres and has not shied away from being herself on the red carpet. As Shiloh transitions into adulthood, she has blossomed into quite the humanitarian, dancer, and savvy artist.

Shiloh Jolie-Pitt's highly-anticipated birth was in Africa

Even before she was brought onto this earth, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt's birth was already a big topic of public conversation. Her parents, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, caused a media sensation when they started their relationship on the set of the 2005 film, "Mr. and Mrs. Smith." Paparazzi hounded the set and the media speculated about their alleged on-set affair. A picture of the couple strolling on a Kenyan beach alongside Jolie's son, Maddox, all but confirmed their relationship, and thus one of Hollywood's hottest couples of the 2000s took off.

The following year, Jolie confirmed that she was pregnant with the couple's first child together, and the growing family – which included sister, Zahara –- departed to Namibia for several months in anticipation of the upcoming birth. Security around the couple was tight, with the Namibian government setting up a perimeter around the small hospital where Jolie gave birth. The actor later recalled to Vanity Fair they were the only patients in the building.

Shiloh was born on May 27, 2006, and her name had significant meaning for Jolie. She was named after Jolie's parents' first child, Shiloh Baptist, who died via miscarriage. She long took a liking to the name and even used it as a pseudonym for Pitt to use to contact her while she stayed in hotels.

She had a very high-profile public debut

Shiloh Jolie-Pitt was an instant celebrity upon her birth. However, being born the same year that Facebook moved beyond just a college students-only site meant that celebrities didn't have their own social media to share intimate life moments with the masses. Clearly, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were aware of the public's curiosity surrounding Shiloh, and, being savvy celebrities, they struck a deal with major publications for Shiloh's public debut.

In June 2006, Jolie, Pitt, and baby Shiloh appeared on the cover of People. In the adorable photo, the glowing parents watch as Shiloh peacefully rests. People purchased the North American photo rights from Getty Images for $4 million. The British press also purchased the rights to the pictures, which appeared in Hello! magazine, bumping up the total sale price to nearly $8 million. The money made from the photo sales was donated to charity.

The People issue featured six photos of the parents and child, along with an exclusive interview, which reportedly sold 800,000 copies more than a usual copy of People. So iconic was the moment that Shiloh's likeness was immortalized by New York City's Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in 2006. Guests at the museum could pose for photos alongside wax replicas of the family, with replica baby Shiloh sleeping in a bassinet.

Her early years were spent travelling the world

Young Shiloh Jolie-Pitt traversed the world with her ever-growing family. Brother Pax was adopted from Vietnam in 2007, and twin siblings Knox and Vivienne were born in France the following year. Shiloh and the rest of the Jolie-Pitt crew moved about the globe in the late 2000s and early 2010s, with their locations often dictated by the adults' work schedules.

For a time, the family lived in New Orleans while Brad Pitt was filming his movie "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and focusing on his non-profit work in the area. When Angelina Jolie was on set for the 2007 action film, "Wanted," the family had an extended stay in Prague, and when she filmed her thriller "Salt" in 2009, the Jolie-Pitts rented a multi-million dollar Long Island estate. They also lived on a Texas ranch during the production of Pitt's 2011 movie "The Tree of Life."

While Shiloh and her family didn't stay in one place for very long, her parents strived to make her and her siblings' lives as stable as possible. Jolie also revealed to Vanity Fair in 2008 that nannies and tutors traveled with the family. Also, when Jolie or Pitt were making a movie, they arranged their schedules so one parent would be free to be with the children, intending to create a routine regardless of their location.

At a young age, Shiloh took after her mom

From the start, there was no denying that Shiloh Jolie-Pitt resembled both her famous parents. However, Angelina Jolie observed that her daughter didn't just look like her, she acted like her, too. Jolie described her daughter to Vanity Fair as being, "hysterically funny, one of the goofiest, most playful people you'll ever meet." She added that Shiloh reminded her most of herself. "Goofy and verbal, the early signs of a performer," she reminisced. "I used to get dressed up in costumes and jump around."

And just like her mom, Shiloh got her start in show business alongside one of her famous parents. In 2007, rumors swirled that baby Shiloh would be making her film debut in dad Brad Pitt's upcoming movie, 2008's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." Indeed, there she was as a toddler on the silver screen, playing one of the characters as a 2-year-old. Shiloh's film debut was much like her mother's first time on the big screen; Jolie's inaugural acting credit was alongside her father, Jon Voight, in his 1982 movie, "Lookin' to Get Out."

Shiloh's confidence in her sense of self

Over the years, people who followed the lives of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were curious about Shiloh Jolie-Pitt's apparent sense of style and self. Jolie provided insight into Shiloh's style to Vanity Fair in 2010. "Shiloh, we feel, has Montenegro style," she described. "She likes tracksuits, she likes [regular] suits ... She likes to dress like a boy. She wants to be a boy. So we had to cut her hair. She likes to wear boys' everything. She thinks she's one of the brothers."

As she grew up, Jolie was fully supportive of Shiloh's liking for a more masculine style. In an interview with Reuters, Jolie noted, "I think she is fascinating, the choices she is making." She elaborated, "Children should be allowed to express themselves in whatever way they wish without anybody judging them because it is an important part of their growth."

Shiloh was also very opinionated about how she should be addressed from a young age. In an interview on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," Pitt revealed that Shiloh wanted to be called John or Peter. "It's a 'Peter Pan' thing," he explained. Jolie marveled at Shiloh's uniqueness to the Daily Mail, saying of her daughter's preferences, "I don't think it's for the world to interpret anything ... It's who she is."

She declined Maleficent, but agreed to Kung Fu Panda

Although Shiloh Jolie-Pitt has A-list connections to Hollywood, she isn't exactly clamoring to star on the big screen. In an interview with The Hot Hits, Angelina Jolie recalled joking with Shiloh that she could appear as older Aurora in the 2014 movie, "Maleficent." A dream opportunity for any young actor, but for Shiloh, it was a joke. Jolie remembered, "[Shiloh] thought it was the most ridiculous thing in the world. She would never even wear a dress, never."

However, Shiloh wasn't outright against being in the film. "She wants to be somebody named Marcus," Jolie added. Apparently, "Marcus" was a character with a bow and arrow. Although Jolie didn't know anything about "Marcus," she said of her daughter's creation, "In her mind, there's a whole other character named Marcus." The role went to Elle Fanning and Shiloh's younger sister, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt appeared as the younger Aurora.

Although Shiloh rejected the "Maleficent" opportunity, she eventually appeared in one of her mother's other movies, no dresses required. Shiloh, along with her siblings Pax, Zahara, and Knox, provided panda noises for the animated film "Kung Fu Panda 3." Jolie voiced Tigress in the film series and she wanted her kids to have a fun experience. "They were kind of shy," she told ET. "They don't really want to be actors, but I didn't want them to miss the opportunity. They came in, and they had a lot of fun with it."

Shiloh has walked the red carpet with her family

One of the perks of having Hollywood royalty as parents is being able to attend movie premieres, and Shiloh Jolie-Pitt has made several red carpet appearances over the years. Shiloh joined big brothers, Pax and Maddox, along with dad Brad Pitt, to the premiere of Angelina Jolie's 2014 film "Unbroken." Jolie herself couldn't attend the event because of a chicken pox diagnosis, but Shiloh stepped in. She also went to the premieres of movies like "Maleficent," "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil," "Dumbo," "Kung Fu Panda 3," and "Eternals."

As she got older, Shiloh had the opportunity to attend award shows and film festivals. In 2015, Shiloh and her sister, Zahara, joined their mom at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards. When Jolie won for best villain, Shiloh and Zahara hugged their mom, clearly excited about the win. A few years later, Shiloh attended the more mature Toronto International Film Festival for the premiere of the Jolie-directed film, "First They Killed My Father," and for the Jolie-produced movie, "The Breadwinner."

Despite her showbiz parents, Shiloh's like any other kid

Her parents might be silver screen stars, but Shiloh Jolie-Pitt keeps things down-to-earth. She has been spotted making Target runs with both her family and by herself. Rumor has it that she's a fan of the big box retailer's hot snack selection, so much so that Page Six reported she and her mom Angelina Jolie left a Los Angeles location because they didn't serve hot dogs. Shiloh was also a Toys 'R' Us kid, going shopping with her parents at the Glendale, California location in 2015 and walking out of the store with big bags in 2017. She has also made trips to The Grove shopping mall, picking up a few things at The Container Store.

Not only does Shiloh shop like the rest of us, but she has fun like a regular teen, too. Jolie accompanied Shiloh to a Southern California Renaissance Faire in 2017, and she hit up a Los Angeles skating rink with her family that same year. And like other kids, she has been thrown special birthday celebrations. On her 11th birthday, Shiloh was photographed at Disneyland having a good time with friends and family. When she turned 14, dad Brad Pitt reportedly threw her a pizza party complete with cake, a video tribute from friends and family, and a camera and guitar lessons as gifts.

Shiloh is a budding humanitarian

It's not surprising that Shiloh Jolie-Pitt has taken after her parents by becoming a budding humanitarian. During their relationship, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt made a name for themselves, not only as an A-list power couple but as powerful social activists and philanthropists. Jolie has brought Shiloh along for several humanitarian trips doing global aid work.

In 2015, Shiloh accompanied her mother to Turkey and Lebanon while she worked as Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Jolie told People, "Shiloh is very aware that I hold refugee families in high regard and has been asking to come on missions and meet them for many years." She again accompanied her mom to a Syrian refugee camp located in Jordan in 2018.

Shiloh returned to her birth country of Namibia in 2017 for the unveiling of the Shiloh Wildlife Sanctuary. Opened by the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, the facility was created to care for abused elephants and rhinos. "[Shiloh's] face lit up when she saw the sanctuary for the first time." A source told People magazine. "The name was a surprise to her and she was beaming."

Like many teenagers, Shiloh shops her mom's wardrobe

As Shiloh Jolie-Pitt has gotten older, she has embraced the time-honored adolescent tradition of borrowing clothes from her parents' closet. But unlike most teenagers, who might peruse their parents' old clothes for some fun vintage finds, Shiloh gets to choose from her mom's designer gowns. She showed off her pickings from Angelina Jolie's wardrobe when she accompanied her mom to several premiere events for her 2021 Marvel Cinematic Universe film, "Eternals."

Instead of her usual suits, Shiloh opted for designer dresses, most of which came from her mom's couture collection. For the Los Angeles "Eternals" premiere, Shiloh wore an altered version of a Gabriela Hearst dress worn by Jolie earlier in the year. In the U.K., the daughter donned a black and white Dior dress that her mother previously wore while doing press for 2019's "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil." Shiloh put her own spin on the look, tailoring the hem above the knees and pairing the dress with ballet flats.

On her kids' upcycled red carpet looks, Jolie told WSJ. Style, "That was just an experiment in 'Here's some old clothes, here some vintage, here's some things you can cut up.'" Jolie further explained that she doesn't regularly work with a stylist, and it's the same regarding her children's style. "I don't think they like the idea of being styled by someone else," she noted.

She has developed her dancing skills

For much of her life, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt has grabbed the spotlight for being part of a globally famous family, but she also garnered attention for her own performing talents when a video of her dancing went viral. In 2022, Shiloh was one of several young dancers featured in a video posted by choreographer Hamilton Evans, a teacher at the Millennium Dance Complex in Los Angeles. The dance studio has hosted a number of A-listers over the years, including Britney Spears, Pink, and Justin Bieber.

In the viral clip, Shiloh, paired with two other dancers, dance to the Doja Cat song, "Vegas." Rocking a Beatles shirt and black and white Vans, Shiloh nails the advanced choreography and looks like she's having a fun time. Shiloh had also been spotted on TikTok fan pages dancing to Lizzo's hit "About Damn Time," Ed Sheeran's "Shivers," and "Get Ur Freak On" by Missy Elliot.

"[Shiloh's] main love right now is dance, and she's really good at it," a source told InTouch Weekly. "She loves that she can feel the music, let go and be free, which is super important. She likes all styles of dance but hip-hop and freestyle are her favorites." According to an insider at Us Weekly, Shiloh attended dance classes for years, much to her parents' delight. "Brad and Angie are both very proud," the insider said. "They'd have no issue if she wants to turn pro, but they're not pushing it on her by any means."

Shiloh seems interested in working in the arts

Although Shiloh Jolie-Pitt may be dubbed a nepo baby if she decides to go into the arts, she's willing to put in the work. After all, Brad Pitt worked at an El Pollo Loco when he first got to Hollywood. It seems like Shiloh has picked up her dad's work ethic, as she's reportedly working a number of side hustles to not only make money but to gain valuable insight into the industry.

Shiloh makes up to $14,000 per week picking up work as a dancer, a tutor, and a production assistant, according to sources at InTouch. She has already proven her instinct for storytelling by suggesting the book, "The One and Only Ivan," as a potential project for mom Angelina Jolie. Not only did Jolie voice one of the main characters, Stella, in the 2020 film version of the story, but she also served as a producer.

Of course, it does help that Shiloh's mom is a world-renowned Hollywood talent when it comes to making connections. After seeing actor Paul Mescal in a London performance of the classic play, "A Streetcar Named Desire," Jolie arranged for a coffee date for Shiloh, Mescal, and herself. "Angie's very encouraging of that," an Us Weekly source claimed. "She wants all the kids to explore their creative sides and hear from talented actors and actresses directly what it's like to work in the biz, how they got their start and so on and so forth."

She continues to play with her personal style

For much of her life, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt has never been shy about her sense of style, and that hasn't changed into her teen years. In 2023, Shiloh was photographed sporting a fresh buzz cut walking alongside her sister, Zahara. Later that year, not only was she keeping her locks short, but she added a pop of color to her mane mix. Hanging outside of the super-trendy grocery store chain, Erewhon, with a friend, Shiloh showed off her new pink tresses. Considering that her mom was a self-described punk growing up — and that both Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have sported buzz cuts over the years — it's not surprising that Shiloh's personal style might have been influenced by her parents.

When she's not on the red carpet with her folks, Shiloh's personal style is trendy, casual, and all her own. When photographed by the paparazzi, she's usually sporting oversized t-shirts, sweatshirts, gym shorts, and classic sneakers like Chuck Taylor All-Stars or Vans Sk8-His. While she likes to sport utilitarian footwear, she also occasionally wears designer leisurewear, like the Versace shorts she's been photographed multiple times wearing. She is a Hollywood kid with her mom's couture closet at her disposal, after all.