I have always loved Elle Woods. Legally Blonde was the first PG-13 movie I ever saw. I was in the 5th grade. Makes me feel old.
Moving on. Elle represents so many things that girls tend to forget when they venture into the workplace.
1. Don’t forget to embrace your femininity. If you’re a girly-girl, then be girly. Don’t feel like you have to suppress yourself in order to be considered a professional. If you can’t take yourself seriously, then how can you expect the people you work with to take you seriously? Elle changed her entire appearance for her first day at Harvard, only to realize that’s not who she is. So, she went back to her pink ensembles and scented resumes. 🙂
2. Never let anyone take advantage of you. When Elle is searching for her “engagement” dress, the sales woman tries to convince her to buy a dress from last season for full price. Never feel like you have to succumb to the unfair pressure people will inevitably put on you. You are a strong woman, act like it.
3. Take pride in your personality. So many people today talk about “personal branding” and developing a marketing plan for yourself. Well, I have news for you. Elle was way before her time. She had a clear understanding of who she was and what she wanted. She had a signature color. Pink. AND she branded her resume with a color and a scent. You go Elle.
4. Know what (and who) is good for you. Elle originally thought Warner was her soul mate, so she followed him to Harvard. Upon finding him engaged to another woman, she didn’t let that get her spirits down. She continued to be her upbeat, chipper self, and ended up finding another man who was even more perfect for her than she could ever have imagined, Emmett. At the end of the movie, Warner tries to get Elle back and she is strong enough in herself, and her new relationship, to tell him where to go.
5. Don’t be afraid to take chances. Elle took so many chances throughout the course of the movie. From dressing like a bunny to the “costume” party, to representing Brooke in the trial. Without taking chances, Elle would not have been as successful as she was. She believed in herself and those surrounding her, which ultimately led her to success.
I know, ‘Legally Blonde’ is an old movie. But, let’s be real, it’s an oldie but goodie. I’ve always loved the plot line, characters and everything the movie stands for. Also, if you don’t learn anything else from Elle, don’t ever be afraid to wear pink. And lots of it.
Do you like ‘Legally Blonde’? Can you relate to Elle at all?