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Jennifer Aniston Channels Barbra Streisand For Harper's Bazaar

Jennifer Aniston Channels Barbra Streisand For Harper's Bazaar

Jennifer Aniston pays homage to legendary entertainer Barbra Streisand in the September 2010 issue of Harper’s Bazaar, on stands August 17.

The 41-year-old actress, who wears Versace on the mag cover, channeled Barbra in Funny Girl and and What’s Up, Doc? in a series of shots by Mark Seliger.

Here’s what Jen had to share:

On what she’s learned from Barbra Streisand: “You don’t have to stop at one thing. You can do it all if you want to.”

On being in the spotlight: “[Barbra and I] are people who have been put in the spotlight, for better or for worse, and you just keep riding, and you keep overcoming.”

On looking up to Streisand: “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.”

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  • AutumnM

    Well I must say, this is a nice change from Jennifer’s usual boring, vanilla photoshoots. She does resemble Barbra in these pics. Not bad Jen.

  • Sadie


  • dd

    I’ve said it all along that JA looks like a younger version of Streisand but no comparison to talent though.

  • honestly…

    @David: “Her life isn’t defined by a relationship that ended 5 years ago.”
    Yes, I agree. That’s what I was saying.

    Read more:

  • honestly…

    @David: “Her life isn’t defined by a relationship that ended 5 years ago.”
    Yes, I agree. That’s what I was saying.

  • Rainy Day

    Although I think she comes off as a whiny git in her interview, I must say the photos are stunning. Kudos to the photographer–his use of lighting is nothing short of amazing.
    That said–I’m really tired of her. Geez. The minute AJ appears promoting anything or in candid everyone cries over exposure, media manipulation! Well, if anyone is over exposed and manipulating the media it is Aniston. Please, just go away for even six weeks!

  • teri

    OMG, BWAHAHAHAH, I’ve always said they could be sisters.

  • chris

    @In a word…UGMO!: You are so right!

  • bae

    I know how everyone loves to hate on her but i think she is very uniquely beautiful. She does however, do a very good streisand

  • guest

    One talentless person impersonating a talented person. Jenn A should get some therapy. She is a mess after the Brad Pitt divorce. Get over it and stop trying to compete with Angie. Please don’t date anymore doucebags like John Mayer. You deserve better. Healing comes from within. If you want fame, be the next Bachelorette before the franchise gets cancelled.

  • G

    This is SACRILEGE. I adore Jennifer Aniston, but she needs a reality check. Are we now comparing The Bounty Hunter with The Way We Were? Or The Good Girl with Yentl? Until she learns to act with the same depth as Barbra Streisand, or sing with the same skill as Barbra Streisand, or carry herself with the same strength as Barbra Streisand, she needs to sit her ass down.

  • crisl

    barbra is prettier although i agree that their noses are similar. jen’s chin is too long, this is a gutsy move for her. maybe she should do a side by side shot with a hockey stick lol.

  • CanadaGirl

    Interesting shoot. I find it fascinating that celebrities/actors draw inspiration from varied sources. Barbra is a woman to look up to; she’s classy, strong, intelligent, and a myriad of other wonderful qualities. Bravo, Jen, paying a homage to an influential and creative woman like Barbra.

  • Nice Pictures

    BTW Jen doesn’t have to look exactly like Barbra. She’s honoring Barbra and drawing inspiration from her.

  • belle

    the problem with this woman is she says one thing and does another. case in point: her choice of movies doesn’t reflect in any way how inspired she is by the talent that is Barbra Streisand. so, i really don’t get it. as usual, she’s doing this to sell herself more than her movie. oh, and what kind of movie is she promoting? “The Switch”? are you friggin’ kidding me? if she made anything near monumental other than her insipid movies, then her channeling Barbra will be more logical.

  • lily

    she would have looked like barbara more if she had not chopped off her nose with surgery…..barbara has more screen prescence and much prettier than this ugly ho

  • lily

    Too much photoshop as usual. They shaved off her chin and nose to make her look human. Sorry ho, barbara is more original and got more talent than you. Your only talent is promoting your nips, and pu$$$y

  • vonda

    LOL…she chopped half her nose off whereas Babs kept hers because it gave her character. Unfortunately, JA also looked better with her first nose or maybe second. JA isn’t as attractive as Babs and she looks like she is fresh out of night class acting school in that colour photo with her hands in the air. LOL

  • Media Wh@re MANiston

    lily @ 08/04/2010 at 1:30 pm

    Don’t forget Barbara has more talent than this worthless & useless piece of sh1t.

  • Media Wh@re MANiston

    lily @ 08/04/2010 at 1:30 pm

    Also, Barbara has more talent than this worthless & useless piece of wh@re.

  • MsNJS

    I think these shots pretty good. I love the second with the gold dress. Not to keen on the black n white express, I think streisand’s is much better. But very nice

  • jsut

    Point blank ,she said i am inspired by Barbaras strength as woman . Why is this again has to be change the vig@na war for old sagging penis.

  • jsut

    just the same way i idols Jen. Jen idols Barbar what so hard f@cked loones to understand.

  • scarface

    Barbra doesn’t have a classically pretty face. But she is smart, classy, deliciously unique, tremendously talented, a woman of stature, a monument. She had a real life, she never needed to accept staged dates, fake relationship, never seen her half naked on mags covers. And, above all, none is ever mentioning her a–.. Because she is mentioned for her achievements. For merit. For her real and unforgettable charme For her beauty as a woman, not as a piece of meat.

    It’s not the photoshot that is disturbing. It’s the interview. How can this fake celebrity be so classless, so stupid, so monumentally dumb to try to sell us that she is taking Barbra as a model? She just shares with Barbra the fact she is not a classical beauty. Unfortunately for her, however, she has nothing else to share.

  • Frisco

    Stupid! She looks NOTHING like Streisand. What’s the point of this photo shoot?

  • jsut


    Jen was 4 on list of iconic character that will remain on people heart character on Racheal Just like “i love lucy”. Even if you forget what she does after Freind , she already make iconic character as Raheal that what your idols did not accomplish

  • nakedoldjennifer

    @ #10 – What exactly is she overcoming? Breaking up with Brad? She hasn’t had a terrible life, if anything it’s been pretty extraordinary. Sorry Jen, not buying the long-suffering-poor-me thing

    ITA – Bab had some hardships to overcome but Jen is just an opportunist who will kiss/lick every A list A** in hollywood to stay in the lime light.
    Wait! i know what she is “overcoming” being dumped and x upgrading to a beautiful woman of substance

  • michelle

    Wow…love it. Love the pictures and love JA. I can’t wait to get myself a copy.

  • bet

    We understand Branglina are boring with Jennifer name dragging in the circe. She said she can accept and over come people makeing fun of her. There is not such name of scum or Ho here.

  • RioNemesi

    Just saw the whole spread
    and its really beautiful
    great cover also!!
    I want that magazine now :D

  • RioNemesi

    Just saw the whole spread
    and its really beautiful
    great cover also!!
    I want that magazine now :D

  • IA

    i love pics….nice

  • Catchy


  • Lala

    ella es muy bonitas las fotos…

  • RandomGirl


  • Lurker

    Maniston has no man to talk about, no children to talk about, nothing special to talk about, she can’t talk about her crappy movie as we can see from the Jay Leno interview, she has not done any research on the subject matter. She can’t go to MEXICO and expose her vajayjay, been there done that.. has been called on it on national TV. can’t use a fauxmance with Jason Bateman since he is married, already posed nude for that EAU de PITY… What a girl to do? Do a photoshoot and talked about a well liked woman to get everyone’s sympathy. That woman is one manipulative bit@h. She is 41 talking about her idol, someone she’s met probably once…. GIVE ME A BREAK.

  • debra

    Sorry but she looks noooothing like Barbra.
    Barbra looks much prettier…

  • Maddox

    No wonder she treats her hair as her most important asset..without all the teased bleach blonde hair covering her face, you can really see how average looking she is. She is deffinatley not as beautiful as her crazed fans make her out to be…Winona Ryder, Natalie Portman, Angelina Jolie have had pixie cuts. They were stunning with it because it showed off the bone structure of the face. Some people cannot pull that off, like Kate hudson, Jennifer Aniston, Renee Zellweger, Sara Jessia Parker..just sayin’

  • M

    that haircut is great on her! she should totally cut her hair like that! THAT would be smth to talk about, Jennifer, go for it!!!

  • guess

    What’s next? she ‘ll channel Iggy Pop

  • Alison

    She looks ridiculous! Streisand had class and elegance, something Aniston will never achieve.

    And that quote: for better or worse – just as ridiculous as the photo shoot!

  • karen

    LOL! Oh my goodness! These pictures are horrible! This is proof that she can’t play anyone other than herself. She is so self-conscious and insipid in these pictures. Hahaha. Especially that one where her eyes are closed and she looks like a transvestite. (no offense to transvestites) If it weren’t August, I’d think this was an April Fool’s joke.

  • karen

    Aniston: “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.”

    Hahahaha! Seriously – this woman is a joke. How did Streisand not slap her when they were talking? She is just so dumb. “I’m going to burst out of my skin” indeed. And then let’s add, “we also love…” Lol. Geez.

  • sasha

    Everyone here knows why she did the photos right? Cause she can’t stand on her own. Jennier is so insecure in her self, talent and so called acting that she has to use Barb. S. name inorder to get people to pay attention to the stinker of a movie coming out on the 20th of this month.
    She knows this movie is going to fail and fail big time not even bateman can pull this off with the stinker he did on that waiting line.

    This girls is beyong pathetic she is a user and Barb. S. just got used for being nice to her. I know she’s going to give it to her one of these days. It’s about time entertainment shows start asking jennifer why can’t she open a movie without a mag cover, fake boyfriend, courtney cox and family or talking about her x and the Divorce.

    I am so not going to be a journalist cause I will ask the tough questions and not cater for whore’s like jennifer. Barb. S. has earned every cent and respect of people all over the world and for her to use her like this for a movie called The switch aka the stink is beyond cruel.

  • jaye

    Let’s hope Barbara inspires her to do something other than TALK about what she wants to achieve. I saw some other pictures of the shoot on another site. They are more effective alone; when you put one next to the real Barbara, Aniston just comes off looking creepy and old. The pictures where she is not face to face with Barbara are quite good. Kudos go to the make up artist, stylist and the photographer.
    Barbara has something Aniston doesn’t have; a DEEP well of talent, guts and courage. Aniston may have been able to achieve greater things, but she was, if not content, at least willing to rest on her laurels as it were. Posing n*ude and doing magazine shoots doesn’t require great talent or beauty. For what it is, she did pretty well with the shoot, but as I said the ones that should be applauded are the make up artist, stylist and photographer; it’s THEIR work which is on display.

  • Lynn

    The look was already unflatering on Streisand,even worse on Maniston.She is pathetic.

  • roja

    I remember a video where a journalist made that comparison …and JA wasn’t honored about that!!!!

    Such a liar!!

    She looked like Barbra before her plastic surgery but in the main picture she reminds me of Snooki


    Aniston looks nothing like Streisand. It’s the height of arrogance for this minimally celebrity to dare to compare herself to the Great Barbra.
    She looks exactly like Olympia Dukakis in the top photo. You can see in the leopard fur photo that Aniston is very plain looking no matter how much time and effort went into this photo shoot.
    I have been a huge fan of Barbra since I was in the 6th grade. One of the things I admired about her was her independence. That independence is shown in her refusal to alter her nose to conform to pretty girl standards and her strength and drive in taking a project and making it hers by directing.
    Talent. Independence. Strength. Drive. That is Streisand.
    Aniston has never exhibited any of these qualities. She could have directed any number of movies by now. She has the financial resources to finance and the time to direct a small independent film (not co-direct a 15 minute skit). She even set up a production company. Why hasn’t she done any of this? There are struggling but brilliant and creative screenwriters out there just waiting for a chance – why hasn’t she purchased any of these properties?
    All Aniston has are excuses for not doing things. When is she going to start doing these besides taking lead roles with decreasing salaries in bad movies?
    Shame on her for wasting all that money and time.

  • Mary

    No wonder I couldn’t find the magazine! It doesn’t go on stands until August 17th! I will pay better attention next time! Love Jennifer – can’t wait to get the magazine to read the whole article.

  • The Smell of Fearful Babies

    “Her life isn’t defined by a relationship that ended 5 years ago.”
    YES. IT IS. Pathetic isn’t it?
    And it is more like 6 years ago.