Angelina Jolie has hit the cover of the new Harper's Bazaar with three orphaned cheetahs she has been sponsoring since they were cubs.

The actress and director covers the 150th anniversary collector's edition of the magazine as part of a shoot at a wildlife sanctuary in Namibia, the birthplace of her biological daughter Shiloh.

One stunning photo features Angelina posing for the camera in a gorgeous Ralph Lauren Collection dress as the three rescue cheetahs prowl around her.

In the accompanying interview, the By The Sea star reveals Namibia has become a country very close to her heart, stating, "For me, Namibia represents not only ties of family and friendship, but also the effort to the balance between humans and the environment so crucial to our future."

And she holds dear wise words she has picked up from the nation's indigenous hunter-gatherer people, the San, adding, "If my life experience has taught me anything, it is only what you stand for, and what you choose to stand against, that defines you. As the San people say: 'You are never lost if you can see your path to the horizon'."

Angelina also opens up about the link between the environment and women's rights in the piece, saying, "Women make up most of the world's poor... when the environment is damaged - for example when fishing stocks are destroyed, wildlife is killed by poachers, or tropical forests are bulldozed - it deepens their poverty. Women's education and health are the first things to suffer."

Jolie and her kids travelled to Namibia in July (17) to open the Shiloh Wildlife Sanctuary, which is named after her 11-year-old daughter with estranged husband Brad Pitt.

One of the cheetahs in the Harper's Bazaar cover shot is also called Shiloh, after the pre-teen.

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