For those of you unfamiliar with this 2001 classic film and slumber party staple, Legally Blonde is the story of Elle Woods, a dog-loving, ultra-girly, overly perky and ambitious Delta Nu woman who is completely smitten with her college sweetheart, Warner. In abrupt, callous style, Warner leaves fashion merchandising major and fun-loving Elle because as a Harvard law student, he needs someone more “serious.” To win back her man, Elle applies and gets accepted to Harvard Law School. That’s when the real fun begins. In a swirl of pink and plot twists, Elle proves to everyone that looks can be deceiving by brilliantly winning a case and never losing her sparkle.
1. Elle did her best, and it didn’t work out. But that did not keep her down.
Sometimes the dream job, the best friendship, the perfect college or cute boyfriend don’t turn out like we had hoped. Sometimes we do our best, and things still don’t work out. For idealistic people like Elle and myself, this can be especially tough to process. It is okay to be sad for a little while, but eventually, you must get up and forge a new dream, and a new path for yourself. The struggle makes you a stronger, better person, and gives you the tools to help someone else when they go through those situations.
2. Even when her peers were doubting and mocking her, Elle was always true to herself.
It is difficult to wear pink when everyone else is in black and gray. It is hard to take the high road when the low road is a cruise-control four-lane highway. Elle inspires us all by being herself even when everyone is trying to change her. By showing her true colors, Elle even ends up making some true friends.
3. She told the haters what was up.
When others judged Elle by her blonde hair and girly style, they assumed she was not smart. Whenever her classmates said she could not do something, Elle had unshakable faith that she could do it. She did not let other people psych her out when they said taking the LSATs, getting into Harvard, etc. was too difficult for someone like her. She had confidence in her skills and wasn’t going to take any crap from anyone, especially her lowlife ex-boyfriend, Warner.
4. Elle is a darn good friend to EVERYONE.
This is David. In the movie, David is the outcast, weird kid that no one wants to eat lunch with. When David nervously asks a “cool” girl on a date and she rudely declines, Elle intervenes like the brilliant pink heroine she is and cleverly pretends to be in love with David so that the girl finds David desirable. I am definitely not smooth enough to do that in real life, but Elle shows us the importance of being a friend to everyone, not just the people that are “popular.”
5. Elle shows us the satisfaction of personal success.
Shocking her classmates who thought she was all beauty and no brains, Elle is chosen for a competitive internship at a prestigious law firm. This is were Elle truly realizes that seeing hard work pay off is more rewarding than being with Warner ever was. Elle expresses the joy we feel whenever we realize that we are better off without that boyfriend, job, friend, college, Sky Mall purchase, fifth slice of pizza, etc.
6. Elle let go of the people who held her back.
At one point, all Elle wanted was Warner. Then she realized that Warner was not that great. It hurts when you are disappointed and someone is not who you thought they were. But you must surround yourself with people who love, encourage and uplift you. Be with people who make you a better person. Anyone who does not do that isn’t someone you should spend a lot of time with.
7. She does not let people walk all over her.
Although she is kind and thoughtful toward everyone, Elle does not allow herself to be taken advantage of. You can be a nice person and still stand up and fight for yourself.
8. No one does it on their own, not even Elle Woods.
When someone Elle trusted betrays her, she decides to quit law school and go back to Bel Air. Then a professor stops her. The truth is, no one is successful in anything without some (Or a lot of) help along the way. We all need people that we love and trust to support us. Then we get to celebrate our success with them!
9. The most important lesson from Elle Woods:
Elle told us that no matter what, we must always have faith in ourselves. Elle’s only intention when she came to Harvard was to win Warner back. She did not end up with Warner. She did, however, achieve great academic and professional success and become best friends with her once enemy. Whatever roads your path diverges on, always have faith in yourself. You can do it! Thanks, Elle!