If your 'Room 101' nightmare scenario is to have bees crawling all over your body, then we would advise reading the rest of this article with caution.
For that is exactly what Angelina Jolie has done, albeit for a good cause.
The Oscar-winning actor recently took part in a striking National Geographic photoshoot to raise awareness about the conservation efforts for bees and beekeeping for World Bee Day on Thursday, May 20. Jolie is also currently working on an initiative with the United Nations to train female beekeepers around the world.
In the shoot, Jolie stands still in an off-the-shoulder white dress while bees swarm, land and crawl on her body. The photographer Dan Winters told the magazine that Jolie stood there, calmly, for 18 minutes to capture the shot and was left without a sting.
Speaking of the shoot in an accompanying interview, the humanitarian revealed how she didn't shower for three days ahead of the photoshoot so not to confuse the bees with different scents and smells, wore plugs up her nose and ears so they wouldn't crawl inside them and was wiped with pheromones.
Despite a very real horror movie vibe to this photoshoot, Jolie appeared to take in her stride.
'I'm going to sound like my Buddhist practices, but it just felt lovely to be connected to these beautiful creatures,' she told the magazine.
'There's certainly a hum. You have to be really still and in your body, in the moment, which is not easy for me. I think part of the thought behind it was, this creature is seen as dangerous sometimes or stinging. So how do we just be with it? The intention is we share this planet. We are affected by each other. This is what it should feel like and it really did, and I felt very honoured and very lucky to have the experience.'
However, that's not to say there weren't times when she realised the stinging capabilities of the insects.
'I did have one that got under my dress the entire time,' she revealed. 'It was like one of those old comedies. I kept feeling it on my knee, on my leg, and then I thought, "Oh, this is the worst place to get stung. It's getting really close." It stayed there the entire time we were doing the shoot. And then when I got all the other bees off, I lifted the skirt and she went away.'
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