We’ve had 15 years to practice and master the art of Elle Woods’s beloved guy-catching move, the “bend and snap,” from Legally Blonde—the film premiered back in 2001. But if you still haven’t managed to nail down the sultry move, there’s no need to fret.
On Wednesday, 40-year-old actress Reese Witherspoon, who portrayed Woods, took to Instagram to not only commemorate her hit pink-fueled film, but also gift us all with an easy-to-follow step-by-step guide to recreating the standout move.
While Witherspoon excellently takes on the bend and snap in the sped-up video above, another slowed-down version is totally foolproof. “You pretend you’re dropping something and you bend, and then you snap! And that’s how it’s done,” the star said in the version posted to Instagram’s official account.
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
She also opened up to the social media platform about the impact the movie has had on the lives of others. “I have had so many women say, ‘I went to law school because of Legally Blonde,” she told Instagram. “It actually had a meaningful story. And it was about female empowerment. It wasn’t necessarily about the girl getting the guy,” she added.
As for what the greatest takeaway from the movie has been, it’s hands-down the “bend and snap.” “That is still the most asked request I get from people,” she said. “I have a feeling I will be doing the bend and snap until I am 95.”
There you have it.