Lea Michele for Nylon Magazine
LEA MICHELE! This is it! This is what we’ve been trying to get you to do for YEARS, girl!
Sweatshirt by Marc by Marc Jacobs, socks by Honeydew, headband by ASOS.
Lea michele covers the September 2012 issue of Nylon magazine photographed by Marvin Scott Jarrett and styled by Daniela Jung. Hair: Daniel Erdman at soloartists.com. Makeup: Melanie Inglessis at Magnet Agency using Nars Cosmetics.
On making people uncomfortable: When I was in Spring Awakening, every night I had to do this nude scene. I always loved to find the one person who I knew was going to be uncomfortable–who throughout the show was cringing in their seat–and when [co-star] Jonathan Groff would undo my top, I loved it!
On being open-minded: I grew up in a very, very different world than a lot of people did. Everyone I knew was gay–the weirdos were the straight people. Obviously we don’t just deal with homosexuality on Glee, but nothing shocks me. Nothing.
On all those diva rumors: I think I was fighting so hard to change [representations of my personality], that I was not really being myself. [But] I came to a place where I’m much happier personally in my life and because of that I really don’t feel like I need to explain anything or be anything. I’m really proud of who I am.
On her love affair with Glee: When the show first started I knew immediately that it was so special. But so much was happening for us so quickly that it was very much a whirlwind. And I don’t know what happened, but when this third season finished, I fell madly in love with it again.
Blazer by Emporio Armani, skirt by Daang Goodman for Tripp NYC, necklace by CC Skye, ring by Louis Vuitton.
Vest by Emporio Armani, top by Edith A. Miller, shorts by Jenni Kayne, pin by Ben-Amun, stylist’s own pin, cuff by Moschino.
Blazer by Love Moschino, swimsuit by Pret-A-Surf, shorts by ASOS, bracelets by Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer, sunglasses by Moschino.
Shirt by Love Moschino, shorts by Daang Goodman for Tripp NYC, socks by Urban Outfitters.
Try to ignore all the pouty-lipped sexy-sex posing. We’ve been telling her (in that endearing imaginary way) for years that her persona and appeal is NOT “diva in a gown” or “sexpot.” She comes from a long line of quirky, funny, talented, and sometimes unconventionally beautiful women, from Barbra to Marlo Thomas to Mary Tyler Moore. “America’s Sweetheart” is the term and we so wished she’d learn to embrace that. It was never about the amount of skin she shows, which is usually no more than the average starlet her age, but the fact that it was a persona that doesn’t make the best use of her talents. Cute clothes, girly clothes; lots of layering with adorable little jackets and trendy t-shirts. Big sweaters with leggings. Accessories: great shades, cute hats, adorable purses and shoes that make the ladies squee. That’s the look, girl. Every girl and every gay’s best friend. This is the closest anyone’s come to doing it the way we think it should be done.
Now if only we could get her to believe that she looks her best and most appealing in these getups and the duckfaces aren’t actually helping her. Then again, neither is the excessive contouring.
[Photo Credit: Marvin Scott Jarrett for nylonmag.com]