I used to be a Jennifer Aniston fan. Honestly. But the last couple of years, just about everything Jennifer Aniston does fails to move me, including her latest round of photos in Harper’s Bazaar magazine. For some bizarre reason, somebody told Jennifer Aniston emulating (or flat out copying) some of Barbra Streisand’s most famous photographs would make for a cool photoshoot. Well, honestly…..it doesn’t.
Barbra Streisand is an icon. She’s one of the most phenomenal American singers. Ever. She’s gorgeous in a way that’s so odd and unusual it makes her stunning. She’s never compromised who she is or how she looks and she’s got substance. She also has more talent in one miniscule second of her career, both in singing and acting, than Jennifer Aniston will have in her whole life. That’s why Aniston trying to emulate Barbra Streisand in the latest Harper’s Bazaar doesn’t look like Aniston ‘idolizing her’, as she says she’s attempting to do, it simply looks like an average actress trying too hard and looking a little silly in the process.
While the classic photos of Barbra Streisand from ‘Funny Girl’, ‘What’s Up Doc’ and ‘Funny Lady’ are of a woman completely in control of everything about herself, and of a woman who’s magnetism is practically oozing from the photograph, the Aniston ‘copy’ photos are not. In every photo, Aniston looks self-conscious, vacuous and more than a little sad. In fact, the Jennifer Aniston-does-Barbra Streisand photos are so awful, they’re difficult to look at.
Even in the interview in Harper’s Bazaar, Aniston sounds like a little kid who just knows she’s never going to be what Barbra Streisand is – incredible. Aniston says, “”Barbra inspires me because there isn’t anything she hasn’t done that she wanted to do, especially as a female in the time when her generation was prime. She’s a true renaissance woman. … I had a long conversation with Barbra about directing because I directed a short a couple years ago, and if I don’t do it again soon, I’m going to burst out of my skin. And we also love interior design.” Aniston couldn’t sound any more like she’s trying too hard if she, well…..tried harder.
Barbra Streisand has won two Oscars, nine Grammy awards, four Emmy awards, a Tony award, a Peabody award and an American Film Institute award – all for various albums, movies and TV shows. In fact, there’s really nothing Streisand hasn’t won. Jennifer Aniston, on the other hand, has an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild award – all for her role as Rachel Green in ‘Friends’ but hasn’t won anything much else for anything else she’s done except a couple of Teen Choice Awards, and they’re nothing to write home about.
Don’t get me wrong, Jennifer Aniston is talented in her own way, but she’s not in the caliber of Barbra Streisand and never will be. So to copy Streisand in a photo shoot and think it’s a tribute, well, honestly, it’s more than a tad embarrassing.
Jennifer Aniston – Barbra Streisand photos – Harper’s Bazaar (all the photos are listed here)