“Legally Blonde” is one of those films that will go down in history as the most feel-good chick flick that was ever made. Years later after the first film came out, people still remember who Elle Woods (played by Reese Witherspoon) is, and what “bend and snap” means. 15 years after her last outing as the character, Witherspoon has confirmed via Instagram that a third installment of the film is on the way, making fans excited to see what happened to the spunky, idealistic lawyer who grew up as a rich spoiled brat and worked her way up as a Harvard Law graduate. Here are some unforgettable moments which showed that “Legally Blonde” is way beyond a girl with good hair and fashion, and that it’s more about female empowerment, friendships, and discovering one’s potential:
When Elle went shopping…
Everybody loves a dramatic shopping or makeover moment, and there’s always a fulfilling feeling when the lead outwits the snobby salespeople like the infamous scene in “Pretty Woman.” In the case of Elle, however, she knew all about fashion and designer brands when she went shopping, and didn’t get fooled when the saleslady tried to sell her a dress for a price much heftier than the original.
“I don’t need a backup. I’m going to Harvard.”
We have to hand it to Elle’s confidence level when she decided to go to Harvard when everyone else doubted that she could make it. Being a popular university student and head of her sorority house, Elle was mostly known for her beauty and not her brains. But she defied everyone’s expectations and showed that hard work, creativity, and a little sass can go a long way. Plus she made a killer video essay as her Harvard application, which impressed one of the admission officers, saying that the school “needed creativity and diversity.”
“What, like it’s hard?”
This is one of the best clapbacks of that time even before the word “clapback” ever existed. When condescending Harvard students mocked Elle on the first day of school and said mean things to her, she didn’t let it get her down and instead focused on showing them what she’s really made of.
Women uplifting other women
When Elle felt lonely and depressed because the students of Harvard wouldn’t let her join their study groups and kept ostracizing her, she went to a place she knew would lift her mood: the salon. She immediately made friends with the women there and taught them the “bend and snap” move to help Paulette gain confidence in pursuing the man she loves.
When Elle decided to give it her all…
When Elle realizes that “she will never be good enough” for Warner who turned her down and underestimated her capabilities, she decided to take law school seriously and eventually learned to love it. She may have entered Harvard because of a man, but along the way she discovered her own potential and self-worth.
Not letting sexual harassment happen…
Elle’s outer appearance always led others to misunderstand her. And when a lawyer made an indecent proposition towards her in exchange for an advancement in her career, Elle didn’t back down. She worked even harder to show that nobody should ever be made to feel inferior and be objectified just because she’s a woman.
“First impressions aren’t always correct”
During her graduation speech, Elle summed up her entire experience perfectly: “On our very first day at Harvard a very wise professor quoted Aristotle. ‘The law is reason free from passion.’ Well, no offense to Aristotle but in my three years at Harvard. I have come to find that passion is a key ingredient to the study and practice of law and of life. It is with passion, courage of conviction that we take our next steps into the world remembering that first impressions are not always correct you must always have faith in people and most importantly, you must always have faith in yourself.”