Where would we be without our best girlfriends? Personally, I don’t think I would be as sane as I am without the help of my girlfriends, who I turn to about every aspect of my life. This very day, a chat with one close friend completely turned me from a sad, confused grouch (or is that Grinch?) into a cheery, clear-headed, resolved being. For me, the best girlfriends are those who are loyal, trustworthy, smart, funny, and great to share a martini with.
Turns out that actress Gwyneth Paltrow looks for similar qualities in her buddies. In her latest Goop mail out, she celebrates collaborating on a small capsule wardrobe with designer and friend Stella McCartney. In describing Stella, she writes, “Sometimes in life you get a girlfriend who becomes like a sister. Someone who really sees you. Who is as honest with you as they are loving. Who shares a similar world view, who has similar values. Who also happens to be hilarious and a bit naughty and is constantly trying to get the balance of everything right, just like you are. Who is also one of your favourite designers ever, who has a ruthless eye and makes perfect, perfect things. Stella is that girl and so much more.”
None of my friends (sadly) can rustle up a nice blazer for me, but no matter. I value them for the same reasons that Gwynnie values Stella. I reckon my female friendships are without a doubt, the rock of my life — every bit as valuable to me as my marriage and my family. Because really, as Gwyneth says, the best of friends are like family anyway.
So, in celebration of female friendships, check out all the famous women with their besties below. Turns out Stella has quite a few!
Gwyneth Paltrow and Stella McCartney 1 of 13
Gwyneth and Stella have been friends for years and both attended Madonna's wedding in 2000. Gwynnie hasn't been pictured with Madge for ages, but she is frequently seen hanging out with Stella and mentions her in her cookbooks as a favourite guest to have to dinner...
Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz 2 of 13
Drew and Cameron became friends when they filmed Charlie's Angels in 2000. In a recent magazine article, Drew described Cameron as her best friend: "She's my sister, but we bro out and have crazy adventures. Most people don't know this, but she's very edgy."
Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek 3 of 13
Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek have been good friends since meeting each other on the audition circuit before they both rose to fame. When Salma was announcing the Oscar nominees in 2009, and she called out her friend's name, she gave an almighty cheer of support. Cruz went on to win...
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler 4 of 13
The SNL buddies met at the ImprovOlympic Theater. They went on to form an improv group together before Tina got a job in NYC writing for SNL. Later, Amy joined her and they went on to make Baby Mama together. The duo presented last year's Golden Globes to critical acclaim. Oh, to be part of their gang ... *wishes*
Kate Hudson, Liv Tyler and Stella McCartney 5 of 13
Oh, there's Stella again! Liv Tyler has been great mates with Stella for ages, attending Stella's wedding in 2003. After Liv's wedding, I remember seeing a pic of Stella and Kate Hudson calling at Gwyneth Paltrow's NYC apartment and finding she was out. Looks like these 3 have remained close, as they share a laugh on the red carpet at the 2010 NYC Costume Institute gala.
Miley Cyrus and Kelly Osbourne 6 of 13
Kelly Osbourne wasn't afraid to tell buddy Miley after that VMA performance to put her tongue away! Only good friends can be so honest. Kelly did say on American TV that she has Miley's back and she loves her — but yeah, put the tongue away!
Michelle Williams and Busy Philipps 7 of 13
Michelle Williams met best mate Busy when they both worked on TV show Dawson's Creek. Busy is now godmother to Michelle's daughter Matilda, and the two are frequently seen hanging out or attending awards ceremonies together.
Victoria Beckham, Eva Longoria and Kate Beckinsale 8 of 13
Victoria Beckham has become good friends with Kate Beckinsale and Eva Longoria since moving stateside. The trio is regularly seen out and about together. Victoria even asked Eva to be godmother to daughter Harper...
Kate Moss and er… Stella (again) 9 of 13
When Stella McCartney was graduating with her fashion degree at St. Martins in London, she got her buddy Kate to model for her, gaining a lot of press coverage. Kate and Stella have been great mates ever since, attending each other's weddings and being photographed together this summer at Glastonbury. Stella sure has a lot of besties...
Rihanna and Cara Delevingne 10 of 13
Ri-Ri's new best bud is none other than Brit model Cara Delevingne. This summer, the two holidayed together and were seen out and about at various London clubs. Looks like Ri-Ri has replaced Katy Perry...
Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts 11 of 13
The two Aussie actresses became friends when they met on the film Flirting back in 1991. Nicole's star ascended quicker than Naomi's, but the two remained close. After her breakthrough role in Mulholland Drive, Naomi joined her famous friend as an A-lister.
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Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez 12 of 13
Taylor and Selena are bestest buds and were most recently seen attending the VMAs together. Not quite sure what they made of Miley Cyrus's performance, but Selena was definitely on hand to support Taylor facing ex Harry Styles as she collected her award.
Cara Delevingne and Rita Ora 13 of 13
Best mates Cara and singer Rita Ora were rumored to have fallen out, allegedly ignoring each other when attending various festivals this summer. But all is now well in their camp, as last week at the London GQ awards, Rita was pictured staying at Cara's pad and leaving the next day. Nothing beats a girlie sleepover, eh?
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