It’s been 15 years exactly since everyone’s favorite Gemini vegetarian introduced the bend and snap, and the world hasn’t been the same since. After all, the move has a 98 percent success rate of getting a man’s attention, and — when used appropriately — it has an 83 percent rate of return on a dinner invitation.
To the celebrate the Legally Blonde anniversary, Elle Woods herself (a.k.a. Reese Witherspoon) donned a pink dress and shared a video with Instagram’s official account, giving a refresher course on how to perform the iconic move.
“That is still the most asked request I get from people,” Witherspoon told Instagram. “I have a feeling I will be doing the bend and snap until I am 95.”
Witherspoon also reflected on the enduring cultural legacy of the pretty-in-pink law student and her beloved Bruiser, which sparked a 2003 sequel, a 2009 spinoff, and a Tony-nominated Broadway musical.
“I have had so many women say, ‘I went to law school because of Legally Blonde,’” Witherspoon said. “It actually had a meaningful story. And it was about female empowerment. It wasn’t necessarily about the girl getting the guy.”
It’s been 15 years since the movie “Legally Blonde” introduced the world to Elle Woods, the pink-clad, Chihuahua-toting sorority student who aced the LSATs, got into Harvard Law School and inspired a generation. “I have had so many women say, ‘I went to law school because of ‘Legally Blonde,’” says star Reese Witherspoon (@reesewitherspoon). “It actually had a meaningful story. And it was about female empowerment. It wasn’t necessarily about the girl getting the guy.” To celebrate the anniversary, make sure to show off your pet Chihuahua, law degree or even your best “bend and snap” — “That is still the most asked request I get from people. I have a feeling I will be doing the bend and snap until I am 95,” says Reese — and tag #LegallyBlonde15 in the caption. Video by @reesewitherspoon
As for whether or not we’ll ever see Witherspoon reprise her role as Elle? Last year, the actress said she wasn’t ruling out a possible return, saying that she’d love to see where Elle is now in her career — whether that’s as “a Supreme Court justice or someone who runs for office.”
“A lot of writers over the years have come up with different ideas for it,” Witherspoon said in October. “I actually think it’s kind of great right now because we’re talking about women in politics and how important that is to get more women.”
For more Legally Blonde anniversary fun, check out EW’s interview with costume designer Sophie de Rakoff about how she created the film’s iconic outfits, and take our quiz to figure out which Legally Blonde law student you are. And, of course, you can watch the original bend and snap scene in all its glory below.