The most famous babies on the planet, the latest spawn of Angelina
Jolie and Brad Pitt, made their world premiere on the Internet on
Sunday, having outfoxed the paparazzi since they were born three weeks
magazine posted the cover of its upcoming issue, featuring twins
Vivienne Marcheline and Knox Leon and their proud parents, on its
website, a teaser for a 19-page spread that will hit newsstands on
All were dressed in white, and the babies had no
distinguishing characteristics. A smaller photo in the corner showed
the couple’s two-year-old daughter, Shiloh, holding her new sister.
a blurb that accompanied the cover photo, Jolie was quoted as saying
that the couple’s family life at a sprawling French chateau was "chaos,
but we are managing it and having a wonderful time."
to the twins and Shiloh, the couple has three adopted children. Jolie,
33, and Pitt, 44, are one of Hollywood’s most glamorous couples, dubbed
"Brangelina" by the celebrity press. She gave birth to the twins in the
French city of Nice. Hordes of paparazzi waited out the process, but
were unable to penetrate the hospital’s heavy security.
shoot was conducted by photo agency Getty Images, with People acquiring
North American rights to the photos, and British gossip magazine Hello!
all other territories. The Pitts have said they will donate the
proceeds to charity.
The sum involved has developed into an
international guessing game. Rumoured price tags for Hollywood baby
photos are often wildly inaccurate, and Radar magazine recently
reported that celebrity publications are not above stoking the hype in
order to boost newsstand sales and Web site traffic.
In the case
of the Jolie-Pitt twins, an unsourced report claimed the worldwide
rights sold for $14-million, more than three times the rumoured
$4,1-million deal for Shiloh’s baby photos in 2006. People has said
that the rumoured numbers for both deals, as well as those for other
famous babies that have adorned its pages, are excessive. But it has
declined to elaborate.