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Jennifer Aniston Goes Topless in Allure, Slams Notion That She’s Too “Selfish” and “Career-Driven” for Kids

Jennifer Aniston poses topless for Allure magazine
Jennifer Aniston posed topless for Allure magazine, and then opened up about her role in Cake and the pressure to have kids with fiance Justin Theroux

No shirt, no problem. Jennifer Aniston is baring her soul — and more — in the pages of Allure. The Cake actress, 45, posed topless for the magazine’s January issue, showing off her famously fit frame in just a pair of jeans and cozying up to longtime friend and hairstylist Chris McMillan (creator of her famous Friends cut, “The Rachel”). 

The sexy photo shoot is in stark contrast to her latest movie, in which she plays a very unglamorous woman suffering from chronic pain. “So much of the exercise was just letting yourself fall apart,” Aniston told the mag of preparing for her role in the film. 

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Whatever she did, it paid off. The Horrible Bosses 2 star is getting major accolades for her performance in Cake — including a 2015 Golden Globe nomination and strong Oscar buzz. “A woman going physically unattractive is where you get recognition and some sort of respect,” she said. “You read things like, ‘Oh, finally, she’s acting!'” It’s “quite sexist, to be honest,” she added, “because men don’t get that.”

Jennifer Aniston - Allure magazine

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Another thing men don’t get? The pressure to have a baby — something Aniston, engaged to Justin Theroux since 2012, knows all too well.

“I don’t like [the pressure] that people put on me, on women — that you’ve failed yourself as a female because you haven’t procreated,” the Friends alum, who divorced Brad Pitt in 2005, told Allure. “I don’t think it’s fair. You may not have a child come out of your vagina, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t mothering — dogs, friends, friends’ children.” Read more of Aniston’s thoughts on having kids.

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Jennifer Aniston - Allure magazine cover

Aniston rejects the idea that her not having kids somehow translates to her not being nurturing. “This continually is said about me: that I was so career-driven and focused on myself that I don’t want to be a mother, and how selfish that is,” she shared. “Even saying it gets me a little tight in my throat.” (Aniston’s ex Pitt, of course, shares six kids with wife and fellow superstar Angelina Jolie.) 

The Emmy winner isn’t shy about airing her grievances — but she’s also generous with praise for her friends, who include Courteney Cox, Chelsea Handler, and Gwyneth Paltrow.

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Of Paltrow, she told Allure: “I’ve known her a long time. That woman has got style to the moon and back. Chic, effortless, gorgeous. This sums us up. Look, I’m in a T-shirt, jeans, and 400-year-old shoes, and this one is just, like, to a T. She’s always been sweet to me.” 

The sweetest of all, of course, is Aniston’s fiance of two years. “I’m so proud of him,” she gushed of Theroux, 43. “We have so much fun together…It was nice to learn how to sort of relinquish control and let someone really care deeply for you. It’s quite wonderful.”

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