26 Reasons Jennifer Anniston Is The 'Friend' We Never Knew We Needed In Our Lives

26 Reasons Jennifer Anniston Is The 'Friend' We Never Knew We Needed In Our Lives

That's when I learned that she's a much more awesome person than I would've ever guessed.


Jennifer Aniston was a common name in my household because my mom has always been a huge fan of hers. Ever since "Friends," my mom has considered Jen to be her favorite female celebrity. I never thought much about her, until recently, when I began doing some research for my Dumplin' article. That's when I learned that she's a much more awesome person than I would've guessed.

So, in honor of her recent 50th birthday, here are some reasons why Jennifer Anniston is one of the best role models in Hollywood.

1. She's a well-rounded actress.

Acting is the thing that brought her into the limelight, and, honestly, she's pretty damn good at what she does. She's able to play the oblivious mother role in "Dumplin" and the promiscuous boss in "Horrible Bosses."

2. She's all about girl power and feminism.

"You know when I feel inwardly beautiful? When I am with my girlfriends and we are having a 'goddess circle'."

3. She remains calm and collected, even during hard times.

Seriously...look at her break-ups. They've all been major, public ones, and she's never once been referred to as the "crazy" ex.

4. She's widely known as being one of the more "down to earth" celebrities.

Like Jen, we should all try and stay grounded.

5. She isn't swayed by public opinion.

Unlike so many other stars out there, who change the way they are (even if it's just a little bit) to fit in more with the standards put on celebrities, Jen has basically stayed the same

6. She's not petty or catty.

Obviously I don't know her personally, but have you ever seen any headlines about "celebrity beef" that involve Jennifer Aniston? Because I haven't.

7. She can get along with her exes.

I mean, she invited Brad Pitt to her 50th birthday bash...that shows some maturity.

8. She's a self-made success.

She's won Emmy's, People's Choice Awards, Golden Globes, and even the GLAAD Media Vanguard award.

9. She can appeal to all ages.

My mom's generation obviously knows her from "Friends," while millennials know her better from movies like "We're the Millers." She's even won Teen Choice Awards!

10. She shows that you don't have to be a mom to be a successful woman.

Some people out there are still under the impression that you're not a real woman unless you have children, or are planning to have children. Jennifer Aniston is proof that, no matter if you choose to have children or not, you can still be a kick-ass woman.

11. She proves that you don't need plastic surgery to be attractive.

With celebrities getting lip injections and botox, it's easy to feel like these are things we need in order to be attractive. Jennifer Aniston, though, proves that this isn't the case; no matter if you choose to have cosmetic surgery or be all-natural, you can still be attractive.

12. She's all about equality. 

"I would say I couldn't be in a relationship without equality, generosity, integrity, spirit, kindness, and humor. And awesomeness."

13. She promotes self-love.

"Once you figure out who you are and what you love about yourself, I think it all kinda falls into place."

14. She's heavily involved in charities.

She most notably works with St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

15. She's a style icon.

I mean, just look at her. Her wardrobe is literally what my mom wishes hers was.

16. She promotes healthy lifestyles.

She isn't into any crazy or extreme diets or exercise routines. Instead, her lifestyle seems pretty easy to manage.

17. When she does talk about her public love life, she's respectful.

It's been speculated for years now that Angelina Jolie was involved with Brad Pitt, whom Jen was married to for 5 years, while the two were still together. Typically Jennifer stays away from topics like this during interviews (because she's so badass that there are more important things to cover), but one time that she did respond to a question about the alleged affair, she simply said that it was "uncool." Jen doesn't have time to start drama.

18. She had a haircut named after her.

After "Friends" aired, everybody was getting "the Rachel" haircut.

19. She's funny.

Simply put: she's got a good sense of humor.

20. She's friends with everybody.

I mean, just take a look at some of the people on her 50th birthday bash guest list: Reese Witherspoon, Keith Richards, Robert Downey Jr., John Mayer, Orlando Bloom, Katy Perry, Gwenyth Paltrow, Ellen DeGeneres, Kate Hudson...and a ton more. Plus, all of her "Friends" costars.

21. Her father's famous, but she's made a name for herself.

So many celebrities with famous parents, even if they're out doing their own thing, start off with 15 minutes of fame granted to them by having the same name as their parents. In Jennifer Aniston's case, though, she's made her own way.

22. Her friendship with Courtney Cox is so pure.

They're still best friends, long after their show together has ended. They're like the "Friends" version of Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey.

23. She's the queen of Taco Tuesday.

In a WIRED interview featuring Jason Bateman, it's revealed that Jennifer makes tacos for Taco Tuesdays and invites friends over. We love a relatable celebrity.

24. She's the most successful of the "Friends" cast.

Out of all of the actors and actresses on the show, she's definitely the one everybody talks about the most.

25. She's proof that you can make it out of retail hell.

She was once a server at an ice-cream shop, and now she's a multi-millionaire actress. Dreams do come true.

26. She loves to brag on her friends.

In one 8-minute interview alone, she brags about Jason Bateman being a great dad and father, and about how generous Chelsea Handler really is. Everybody needs that friend that hypes them up!!

And these 26 reasons aren't the only awesome things about her, either; there are so many other things that make her a great person to call your role model.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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Remembering Mac: The Way We Should Be

"Easy Mac, with the cheesy raps."


It has officially been six months without one of the most popular rappers of our era. For many people- especially those of us in our twenty's- Mac was the rapper that shaped not only rap but also hip-hop for our generation and what we think about music today. Mac Miller affected so many people around him including his friends, family, peers, artists' and fans. Mac Miller was a self-taught musician and was someone that anyone could relate to.

He first started rapping by the age of fourteen and by the time he was seventeen, people were starting to hear is raps and listening to him. Soon after he was signed by an independent record label where he then started releasing some of his most popular and well-known singles, "Best Day Ever" and "Donald Trump."

For me, Mac Miller is more than just an artist. His music meant something to me and my friends and we all could really relate to him and his music. In high school, some of my favorite memories are brought right back to me when I listen to his music. His album "Good AM" is my all-time favorite, including one of my favorite songs by him "Weekend." Any time I hear this song, I am brought back to the night I was at his concert with my three best friends. We were in the front row singing along with him and that is when the picture above was taken.

I often wish I could go back to this night and take more advantage of the time I had, being in the same room as him. If I could go back, I know I would be on my phone less and taking in more of my surroundings and really listening to every word he sang. I know if I wasn't on my phone, I would have never gotten this picture but I do believe I would have been more in the moment rather than trying to take the perfect picture.

It has been six months, and yes I still have not wrapped my head around the fact that he is gone, and we will never get new music from him again. Not only him passing away at a young age is hard to grasp, but the way he did as well. Now, looking back and listening to his music, you can hear him sing about his struggles and his cry for help. Especially in the last album, he released just a month before he was gone.

The whole album, "Swimming" is about a man talking about his mental state and giving us an inside look at what he was going through at the time. Mac deserved much more than the short life he had, but he made a great impact on everyone around him, and that is how we should remember him as. The happy-go-lucky that was always laughing and messing around singling songs he loved.

A little shout-out to the people who remind me of the good times I have associated with Mac- Abby Wenninger, Abree Leach, Emily Stybr and Jack Maki!


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