Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt‘s children are growing up — their daughter Zahara Jolie-Pitt is now 16 years old! The estranged spouses’ third oldest child celebrated her Sweet 16 on Jan. 8, reminding fans just how fast time has flown by. Over the years, fans have watched Zahara grow up to be a loving daughter and sister as she has accompanied her siblings and famous parents to multiple premieres, events and outings.
Zahara was born in Ethiopia in Jan. 2005, where Angelina traveled to in July of that year to adopt a then six-month-old Zahara. She was originally named Zahara Marley Jolie, and renamed to Zahara Jolie-Pitt after Brad adopted both her and brother Maddox (now 19) in 2006. Zahara’s family continued to grow: her parents adopted her older brother Pax, 17, in Vietnam in 2003. They went on to welcome Shiloh, 14, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 12, making them a family of eight.
Zahara is very close with her parents and siblings, as evidenced by all the photos of their family outings over the years. As a child, Zahara was often pictured with her parents doing fun activities, whether that was a day at Central Park or a visit to the art shop in New York City. She was traveling the world, too: Zahara was only an infant when she accompanied her parents to Tokyo in 2005, where they attended a screening of Mr. & Mrs Smith, and just a toddler when she stayed in Prague as Angelina filmed Wanted.
As Zahara grew older, she started tagging along to many red carpet events! In her early teen years, she got to dress up for the National Board of Review Awards Gala in Jan. 2018, and then multiple screenings for her mom’s Disney film, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, throughout 2019. You can see all these photos and more in HollywoodLife‘s gallery above.
When Zahara’s not globe-trotting with her family or hitting the red carpet, she’s spending quality time with her parents and siblings and is often pictured on family shopping trips in Los Angeles. In June of 2020, Angelina marveled at the young woman she had raised. “My daughter is from Ethiopia, one of my children. And I have learned so much from her. She is my family, but she is an extraordinary African woman,” Angelina said in an interview with Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate for TIME 100 Talk. Happy birthday again, Zahara!