Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston at Variety's Power of Women luncheon. in Los Angeles on October 11. (Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

  • Jennifer Aniston shared a behind-the-scenes peek from her recent photo shoot for Variety's Power of Women issue with her Instagram followers on Monday.
  • The photo showed a hairstylist tying her locks into a braid while another stylist adjusted one of her socks as Aniston waited to pose in front of the camera.
  • "I'm just a girl...standing with hair and makeup. A stylist. A photographer. A lighting crew, wind machine, props, and a computer...asking you to think I woke up like this," Aniston wrote in the Instagram caption.
  • The photo was an instant hit, racking up more than five million likes at the time of writing as well as plenty of comments from fellow celebrities, including her ex-husband Justin Theroux.
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Jennifer Aniston has only been on Instagram for a week, but she's already proving to be a master of social media.

Aniston gave her 15.6 million followers a behind-the-scenes peek into a recent photo shoot on Monday, revealing that reality is hardly as glamorous as it appears on the cover of a magazine.

The photo shows Aniston with a disgruntled look on her face as she waits to pose for the camera in a cozy white sweater, white socks, and gold sandals.

Chris McMillan, her longtime hairstylist, appears to be tying Aniston's locks into a braid, while another stylist adjusts one of her socks.

"I'm just a girl...standing with hair and makeup. A stylist. A photographer. A lighting crew, wind machine, props, and a computer...asking you to think I woke up like this," Aniston wrote in the caption, putting a new spin on Julia Roberts' iconic quote from "Notting Hill" and the famous Beyoncé lyric.

The photo was an instant hit on Aniston's Instagram, racking up more than five million likes and plenty of comments from fellow celebrities, including her ex-husband Justin Theroux.

"Modern Family" star Sarah Hyland commented that the "Friends" star had "already mastered Instagram," while producer Aleen Keshishian wrote that only Aniston could "look that hot in socks and sandals."

"Truth is you kinda do look like that when you wake up," added actress Rita Wilson.

Aniston made sure to give credit to the people involved in the photo shoot, tagging McMillan along with makeup artist Tracey Levey, her stylist team Nina and Clare Hallworth, and photographer Peggy Sirota.

The photo shoot was for the cover of Variety's Power of Women issue. Aniston was one of the magazine's six honorees, alongside Mariah Carey, Awkwafina, Chaka Khan, Brie Larson, and Dana Walden, the chairman of Disney Television Studios and ABC Entertainment.

Aniston joined Instagram on October 15 with an epic selfie alongside her "Friends" costars Lisa Kudrow, Courtney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, and Matthew Perry.

Her debut Instagram post received so much attention that it briefly led to technical problems on the app and even broke the Guinness World Record for the quickest Instagram account to reach one million followers.

It took Aniston just five hours and 16 minutes to reach the milestone, unseating the record previously held by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's official Instagram account @sussexroyal.

In the past, Aniston said she opted to stay off social media to maintain a small slice of privacy in her life

"The one thing I have is maintaining this little circle of sanctity that's my own, she told Elle Magazine in 2018. "If I'm sitting here posting something about my dogs or I'm Boomeranging my coffee mug in the morning, that's just giving away one more piece of something that is mine."

But Aniston, who next appears in the Apple TV+ series "The Morning Show" alongside Reese Witherspoon, has already become a favourite on Instagram, opting for candid posts and grainy photos rather than slick picture-perfect shots.

Aniston recently spoke about how she discovered her own voice and "what it meant to have a platform to use it."

During Variety's Power of Women luncheon on October 11, Aniston revealed that a parental figure once ordered her to leave the dinner table because she "didn't have anything interesting to add to the conversation." She was just 11 years old.

"I carried that sentence with me into adulthood," Aniston added.

But after "Friends" aired, Aniston said she realised just how powerful her voice could be.

"I started meeting all of these people who expressed to me how much the show meant to them - how it lifted their spirits during a bad breakup or got them through an illness. I was just so incredibly moved by that," she said. "And I began to change the way I thought about my own voice."

"These last two years have really made me think a lot about the messages we send young kids - little girls especially," she added. "How the things we say and do can either build them up - or tear them down. And make them feel like maybe their voices don't matter."

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