Photo from Phantom-Financial
In honor of World Breastfeeding Week it was announced that a naked Angelina Jolie statue will be unveiled in Oklahoma City on September 11. The bronze statue is a life-size bench sculpture of Angelina breastfeeding two babies, presumably her twins.
But "in recognition of the global effort to encourage breastfeeding, one twin is depicted as being of African descent " according to Phantom-Financial, who commissioned the statue from artist Daniel Edwards. Future castings of the statue will represent other world cultures through variations of the babies' patina coloring.
"We believe the statue sends a beautiful message by promoting the acceptance of public breastfeeding," says Sandy Wilson of Phantom-Financial. "Mothers should be encouraged to nurture their babies anywhere."
"Hopefully, my sculpture inspires an increase of wet nurses to assist women who have concerns about mastitis, or passing HIV to their infant," says Edwards, whose past works include "Monument to Pro-Life," featuring Britney Spears giving birth on a bearskin rug, and "Octomom: String of Babies."
The statue, likely inspired by the W cover of Angelina Jolie breastfeeding, has not been endorsed by the actress.
I think anything that encourages breastfeeding is wonderful, but like lactivist and blogger Cate Nelson over at Eco Child's Play, I'm wondering why Angelina has to be nude. Nelson also thinks it's weird that the statue's skin tone will change and that one of Angie's twins is depicted as African. She asks if this is really necessary to further the multicultural breastfeeding cause.
What's your opinion of the nude Angelina Jolie breastfeeding statue?