Jennifer Aniston harpers bazaar september 2010 cover

Jennifer Aniston on the September cover of Harper's Bazaar. Photo courtesy of Harper's Bazaar

Hello, gorgeous!

We always knew Jennifer Aniston was a funny girl, but now she's taking it to a whole 'nother level by transforming herself into original "Funny Girl" Barbra Streisand for the September issue of Harper's Bazaar.

In the portfolio, shot by Mark Seliger, "The Switch" star gets an old-school Streisand makeover, recreating a number of the diva's signature looks from her classics "Funny Girl" (1968) and "What's Up Doc?" (1972).

In one photo, Aniston reimagines Streisand's wardrobe fitting for the role of "Funny Girl" Fanny Brice in a faux fur leopard-print Moschino coat, Albertus Swanepoel hat, and Louis Vuitton pumps.

In another, she poses dramatically in profile wearing a mod bob, heavily kohled eyes, Chopard earrings, a gold Gianfranco Ferré dress, and, of course, acrylic talons.

"The nails were like, 'There she is!'" says Aniston, who listened to Streisand's 1964 hit "People" while getting gussied up as her idol. Longtime hairstylist Chris McMillan was actually the one who convinced Aniston to pay tribute.

"He is, of course, hair obsessed," she says, "and I'm a Barbie doll for him. So, whenever we'd see great pictures of Barbra or a movie, he'd be like, 'You have to do an homage to Barbra.'"

And thus a shoot was born.

"Barbra inspires me because there isn't anything she hasn't done that she wanted to do, especially as a female in the time when her generation was prime. She's a true renaissance woman," says Aniston, who met Streisand at a New Year's Eve party a few years ago.

"I had a long conversation with Barbra about directing because I directed a short a couple years ago, and if I don't do it again soon, I'm going to burst out of my skin. And we also love interior design."

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Aniston channels Babs for her Harper's Bazaar photo shoot. Photos courtesy of Harper's Bazaar

While Aniston admits that she covets the silky cream fringed dress Streisand wore on her 1976 "Classical Barbra" album, she also thinks it would be more fun to do a style swap, revealing, "I'd put her in jeans and a great wedge and a beautiful blouse and a blazer. She's got legs, man. She's got a cute butt. She wears little black tights, she's beautiful."

As for being a funny girl herself, Aniston, who has certainly known her share of heartbreak, tells the magazine, "People laugh at me. Sometimes I know why, and sometimes I don't. But I can pretty much find humor in anything. That is a necessary part of life. I don't want to say laughter is healing, because it sounds corny, but it's a release."

In other divas-in-leopard news, check out Jennifer Lopez's shoot for the September issue of Glamour.