Angelina Jolie wrote an article for the New York Times about her choice to get a double mastectomy when she discovered she had the BRCA1 gene which meant she had an 87% chance of getting breast cancer. Though her surgeries began back in February it has only come to be public knowledge recently.
Part of her road to recovery was having a portrait by Swedish artist Johan Andersson done. The portrait will be auctioned off at the Falling Whistles charity which provides aid for peace in the Congo, a cause with Jolie is passionate about.
When the news came to light Jolie faced a lot of criticism for her choice to undergo the optional surgery but as Jolie wrote in her New York Times article, “I wanted to write this to tell other women that the decision to have a mastectomy was not easy. But it is one I am very happy that I made.”