Ever since news broke that Legally Blonde 3 is in the works, we’ve been practicing our bend and snap, working our favorite quotes into conversation, and thinking back on all the reasons we loved the original so much.
If our dreams come true and Reese Witherspoon does reprise her role as Elle Woods,
If it has been awhile since you saw the original installment, Reese Witherspoon plays the indomitable Elle Woods, who sets her mind on the many options that being the First Runner Up at the "Miss Hawaiian Tropics" contest afforded her and decided to enroll in Harvard Law School (what, like it’s hard?). Soon our favorite Gemini vegetarian (and her little dog, too) are saying goodbye to her Delta Nu sisters, and heading to the hallowed halls of Harvard Law. While she may have started in the hopes of winning back her boyfriend, she ended up finding herself along the way. It’s a story of love, loyalty, friendship, and being true to yourself no matter what.
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Here are just a few of the many, many, many reasons that Legally Blonde —and Elle Woods, of course—are the best:
For sorority sisters rallying around her
Elle’s sorority sisters were always supportive of her dreams, whether that meant signing a card for their Delta Nu president before her big date with Warner or helping her get into law school. They always helped each other achieve their goals and showed the strong ties of sisterhood along the way.
For getting accepted to Harvard, for crying out loud
Even though she was a fashion merchandising student, which is not quite the traditional path for Harvard Law students, she was determined to get into Harvard. After all, she once had to judge a tighty-whitey contest for Lambda Kappa Pi, so she can handle anything. She wowed the admissions committee with her video, her activities, and her 179 on the LSAT, and earned her spot.
For her deep and abiding love for her manicurist, Paulette
Men may never truly understand the bond between a woman and her manicurist (or hair stylist or colorist) but that’s because they’ve never had someone let them ugly cry over a breakup with mascara running down their faces. That sort of thing makes people family, and it’s clear that Elle and Paulette are that. So, it’s no surprise that when Paulette wants to take back custody of her dog, Elle is by her side.
For passing on the legendary skill of the bend-and snap
Elle happily shares the secrets to her womanly charms with the entire salon. Not only does she pass along an important skill, but proves herself to be an incredible teacher and leader.
For reminding Warner that she is as smart as he is
"Wait, am I on glue or did we not get into the same law school?” she asks. “We took the same LSATs, and we're taking the same classes." You tell him, girl. She then proved her point by going to the store, buying a computer, and getting serious about her studies. What, like it’s hard?
For always managing to take time for herself
She may be in her first year of law school (a notoriously difficult time!) but she still takes time for self care. She hits the books while getting her hair done and even does cardio while studying and she always seems to have time for shopping.
For her incredible loyalty
When one of her Delta Nu sisters ends up in jail, Elle delivers a gift basket to the prison. While that act of kindness was generous, it was Elle’s firm belief in Brooke, Brooke’s story, and her willingness to keep the secret of her alibi that proved her friendship. After all, no good friend would spill the beans about a sorority sister’s liposuction!
For her fashion sense and hair care smarts
It’s not often that the cardinal rules of perm maintenance and last season’s Prada help crack a case, but that’s exactly why we love Elle Woods so much.
For kicking Warner to the curb
"If I'm gonna be a partner at a law firm by the time I'm 30, I need a boyfriend who's not such a complete bonehead."
For giving this graduation speech
No better time than the present to re-watch this classic – or run and see your manicurist for some necessary girl-time.