Jennifer Aniston goes topless, talks feminism and children with Allure

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Jennifer Aniston goes topless, talks feminism and children with Allure
Jennifer Aniston for Allure.
Jennifer Aniston for Allure.
Jennifer Aniston for Allure.
Jennifer Aniston for Allure.

Jennifer Aniston, America's "girl next door," is Allure's January 2015 cover star! The fair-haired beauty looks flawless on the cover, with her hair softly tousled by her friend and hairstylist Chris McMillan.

For someone who is known for her hair, and as a celebrity, her beauty, Aniston has had an interesting experience while working on Cake.

"So much of the exercise was just letting yourself fall apart," says the actress. During filming, Aniston stopped wearing makeup, shaving, and looking in mirrors; she also had a large prosthetic scar on her face. "A woman going physically unattractive is where you get recognition and some sort of respect. You read things like, 'Oh, finally, she's acting!'" Aniston scoffs. What does she make of the fact that so much attention is paid to the physical appearances of actresses, especially when they go without makeup for a role? "Quite sexist, to be honest, because men don't get that."

Jennifer Aniston

Sexism isn't the only issue Aniston deals with in Hollywood, she's also been criticized for some time about the fact that she isn't having children.

"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. 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." Aniston has reason to have thought these issues through. "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." Ticking off these accusations now, she seems unfazed. But when it's suggested to Aniston that maybe she just lets the insinuations roll off her back after so many years of hearing them, she says, "No. Even saying it gets me a little tight in my throat."

Finally, feminism isn't complicated, Jen says. When asked why the word is considered so complicated, Aniston is direct: "Because people overcomplicate it. It's simply believing in equality between men and women. Pretty basic."

Click through above to see more photos from Jennifer's Allure photo shoot, and click here to see the entire cover story.

The January issue of Allure is available online today, and will hit newsstands on December 23, 2014.

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