Lea Michele is a Candie’s Girl

Posted on January 26, 2012

Lea Michele is the new face of Kohl’s Candie’s collection and whatever else you might think of her, you have to admit that’s a pretty good match.


“Candie’s is such an iconic brand and I am so happy to be working with them. The concept for the new Candie’s at Kohl’s campaign is about enjoying being at home, feeling relaxed, comfortable and happy,” says Lea Michele.

“Everyone is obsessed with Glee, especially Lea Michele and so are we. We are thrilled to announce Lea as the face of Candie’s for 2012,’” says Dari Marder, chief marketing officer of Candie’s parent company Iconix.

And when we say “the new face,” we do mean face, because the girl is giving it her all.

 

“Let’s see, do I want a cherry, some bubblegum, or that pink stuff in the pitcher? I know! Spinach juice! Ooops! You almost saw my panties! Again!”

 

We’re thinking her facial muscles needed a good two or three days’ rest after this shoot. Our faces are getting sore just looking at her.
[Photo Credit: candies.com]

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  • Anonymous

    She is the perfect spokesmodel for the brand. Gee, I sure wish they still made those open toe mules that were so cute .

  • Anonymous

    I really like the marble in that kitchen.

  • Sobaika Mirza

    I haven’t taken a second look at a Candie’s ad since middle school, but these are really fun and bright. Great match for the brand.

    • Anonymous

      I agree, I think these are great.

  • Anonymous

    In what universe does this ad campaign translate to “ feeling relaxed, comfortable and happy” ?

    • Anonymous

      Frantic and possibly sniffing glue won’t sell?

    • Anonymous

      The universe in which you constantly flash your hoo-ha when you’re at home.

      • Guest

        Actually, that is where I do almost all of my hoo-ha flashing.

      • Zi Jie Tan

        Actually, home is the only place I find appropriate to flash my hoo-ha

    • Anonymous

      Hah, that’s exactly what I thought! That’s how I look when I’m chillin’ at home! 
       Man, she annoys me!

  • Anna Maria Diamanti

    Every time I see a Candies’ ad, I think of the one with Jenny McCarthy on the toilet. Crude, yet memorable. All the rest seem like a pale imitation.

    • http://twitter.com/arodenha Alli

      ME TOO. At least it was effective?

      I also always confuse them with the Steven Madden ads with the girls with HUGE heads….anybody else remember those?

      • Anonymous

        Oh god, yes. I hated those, but they were weirdly mesmerizing.

    • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

      Yeah, me too, and it’s really unfortunate. I’d be perfectly happy to block it from my memory, but it’s burned in.

    • Anonymous

      For me Candies = Jenny McCarthy toilet ad, and it always will.  Yes, it was memorable,but not memorable in a good way.

    • Anonymous

      ME TOO! Is that a generational thing I wonder? That has literally stayed with me since I first gasped at it in YM Magazine waaaaay back when. And then I always think of how much I loved Singled Out. 

  • Anonymous

    My teeth hurt from the sugar overload.  Can’t deny a perfect match, though.

  • Anonymous

    She’s the perfect model, but… all I can think, looking at her, is that she has a really bad case of piles and thus can’t sit down properly. D:

  • http://twitter.com/ohmybears48 Michelle Argento

    I really dont see the difference between her and Kim Kardashian at this point. 

    • http://twitter.com/NC_Meg Megan

      Lea has actual talent? (I’m not a fangirl and I don’t even watch Glee anymore but damn, she can sing.) And she is hardly the first celeb to be the spokesperson for a brand.

  • http://twitter.com/ohmybears48 Michelle Argento

    Also, what is up with the poorly photoshopped dog? 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NMLK23QK6C7NMLMVVYA5POXKJY WhiteMage

      Agreed. It’s a very odd copy and paste moment.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

        It has no shadow!!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDI2DLE7DE3YPW2ONIHBWOVHMA ecallaw

      Wow, I didn’t pay much attention to the dog on my first look through, but once you mentioned it now it looks so weird to me!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5X4B3NBE3NUGS3OY5IRI645NMI Mrs. Joe

      See what I don’t get is if you were going to photoshop it anyway, why not photoshop it to look like her foot actually fits the toe box of the shoe in the first two photos?  It’s such a pet peeve of mine when shoes are not made with toe boxes big enough for the feet of actual women.  All I see is pain if she even walked a little in those first two pairs…

  • Anonymous

    I always shake my hair over the bowl and sit up on the counter in short skirts when I’m in the kitchen too!

    • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

      It makes me feel relaxed, comfortable, and happy!

      • Anonymous

        LOL, I can see this is already shaping up to be a thing, like “mother, person, and entertainer.”  We should start collecting these tri-quality phrases.  We’ve got a noun version, now an adjective version.  Which celeb will give us a whacky adverbial version (I only do things ____ly, ____ly, and ____ly.)?

    • Anonymous

      And I always butt-crush cherries while drinking a seaweed shake on the kitchen counter.

      • Anonymous

        Oh God, now all I can see is Lea Michelle farting cherries.

  • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

    Facial muscles? How about those hip flexors and glutes from holding up her legs just so with those ginormous shoes on her feet?

    • Anonymous

      No kidding – those shoes make her look like she’s about to topple off the counter!

  • http://profiles.google.com/marteani Barbara Guttman

    That last picture is super creepy.  I wish advertisers would stop going for the “school girl I’d like to fuck” photo.  The shoes in that last shot are great but now I have no interest in owning them. Brrr.

    • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

      Yep. Join the club. PBG.com (Powered By Girl) has re-caption contests for those kinds of ads. Can’t wait to see what they think of Lea as the new spokesmodel. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

    She does look super cute

  • Laurie Bergman

    I ALWAYS relax at home in 5″ wedges made out of dirndl trim!

    • http://twitter.com/ILikeShiny Cindi Williams

      Of *course* you do. Der. :D

  • Anonymous

    She looks like she has to pee in all of these shots.

  • Anonymous

    Good god, what a frozen grimace she has in each of these.  When will people realize this girl is as asexual a creature as has ever shown up in pictures.  She’s not a naughty temptress, and every time she tries to pretend she is one it just falls monumentally flat.    She looks uncomfortable and unconvincing in every one of these shots.

  • butter nut

    the dog is cute.

  • Anonymous

    The 3rd picture looks like a slightly more innocent version of her GQ photos.  I think it’s the pose but also the setting (very Terry Richardson).

  • Sara__B

    I’m not the target audience for this ad campaign, so it makes no difference at all that I think her self-conscious cute/sexy/perkiness is tiresome and those foot tattoos are ugly. She’s talented and attractive, and making the most of her Glee fame.

  • Anonymous

    I think she’s about 10 years too old for the brand.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

      True. Isn’t she about 25? I think these are targeted more at suburbanite teens.

      I would have shoplifted these in 8th grade. 

    • Anonymous

      She might be too old but the girls who watch “Glee” aren’t-like my daughter who is 14.

      • Anonymous

        But is your 14 yr. old wearing those shoes? Yowza, they are high!

        • Anonymous

          She would if I let her(and bought them)! I’m sure that she would navigate them better than me!

    • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

      Yeah, 10 years to old to wear it, but her *fans* are the perfect age.

  • Anonymous

    The pictures work. Except for the last one.  She’s all bubblegum and lollipops (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing).  When she tries to go sultry or slinky, it just doesn’t work.

  • Anonymous

    I think she is a perfect match for Candie’s.

    And no, that’s not a  compliment.

  • Anonymous

    Candie’s? Here’s another 80′s flashback….GAG ME.

  • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

    I’m trying to remember if Candie’s is shoes, nail polish, or something else.

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      Shoes… very youthful shoes…

    • Anonymous

      They actually have an entire line of shoes, clothes and accessories. 

  • Anonymous

    I can’t stand her,but she looks cute here. She should take a cue from these styles for her own look. The sulty sexy siren thing she keeps trying doesn’t suit her at all; this kind of bright, fun look does.

  • Anonymous

    I am way too old for this brand, and in fact I don’t even know what it is they make. From these pictures I would guess it’s shoes. She really is tiresome. And I would not want her ass on my kitchen counter, because who knows where it’s been.

  • Anonymous

    It is HYSTERICAL that they describe the brand as relaxed and comfortable, and show that poor girl teetering on the edge of a marble counter balanced precariously on one hip.

    Also, how awesome is the grammar carnage in this press release: Everyone is obsessed with Glee, especially Lea Michele and so are we. Lea is especially obsessed with Glee? Everyone is especially obsessed with Lea? We are obsessed with something in addition to “everyone”? It’s non-parsable.

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      Thank you so much.  Part of the decline of our language is the less than stellar use of it by advertisers.  I realize language is fluid, and that it must, like any live thing, grow to survive.  In my humble opinion, this is not growth.

      And how any human could be relaxed and comfortable in shoes the size of a small East European nation is beyond my ken.

      • Anonymous

        Preach it!  Amen!

      • Anonymous

        Sorry for the double post. Disqus kept sending me System Error messages. :(

      • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

        I have often been relaxed and comfortable in just such shoes — in fact, I wore heels that were at least 3 inches high every day until I had my first kid.  And then it was only because I started staying home with him that I quit wearing them, along with all other shoes.

    • Anonymous

      One thing that did tickle me, however, is that the blurb rhymes (“Glee” with “we”).

    • Anonymous

      What do you expect from a company that calls itself Candie’s when it should be Candies.

    • Anonymous

      One thing that did tickle me, however, is that the blurb rhymes (“Glee” with “we”).

      • Anonymous

        I hadn’t noticed the rhyme. That’s GREAT.

      • Anonymous

        I hadn’t noticed the rhyme. That’s GREAT.

  • Anonymous

    If she shifted her legs even a tiny bit, the “good china” would have been exposed in a couple of these shots.

    Kohls? Candies? Glee? Meh; who cares.

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      Amen, brother. Amen.

  • Anonymous

    My feelings about Lea pretty much match my feelings about Candie’s ads: Ick.

  • Anonymous

    I feel like I need a shower after looking at these shots. No doubt she was well compensated but I can’t help but think that, as far as career moves go, this was a step down for her.

  • Anonymous

    I agree:  She is *perfect* to be the “new face of Candie’s.”  Like them, she is sleazy, chip, and not half as pretty as she thinks she is.

  • Anonymous

    Too much Lea may result in canker sores.  Picture her and the doggie is the best.  She looks cute in cute shoes.  Girl is certainly making the most of her extended hour.

  • Anonymous

    Wait, there are clothes in the ads? All I noticed was the adorable little Frenchie, which I very much want.

  • Beth G

    Enoying being at home?  I wear wool slippers with leather soles around the house……

  • Anonymous

    Umm, Lea… I think the photographer said “Say cheese”, not “Be a party-sized cheese platter”.

  • Anonymous

    This is a great match. She should take a cue from these looks and ditch the hubba hubba sex goddess dresses. She looks much better here.

    • Anonymous

      It’s funny how she is so much sexier when she stops wearing the “I am a sex goddess” dresses. The spunky looks bring out the best of her. And I don’t like her at all. 

  • http://twitter.com/taijuuuh Taija HU!

    Is it just me, or are the shoes in the first photo far too large for her? For an open-toe, there’s very little toe on show. 

  • http://smalltownbigwardrobe.wordpress.com Catherine

    That was a VERY unfortunate pull quote from the Candies marketing department: “Everyone is obsessed with Glee, especially Lea Michele and so are we.” It sounds like Lea is also obsessed with Glee, and I’m sure she is, but I’m going to assume that’s not what Dari Marder meant to say.

    • Anonymous

      I thought the same thing!

  • Anonymous

    I got distracted because her kitchen accessories and photoshopped window matched her outfit, like Sandra Lee’s always do.

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      Stepford is a creepy creepy place…

  • Anonymous

    Perfect match. Great case of publicist done good. 

  • Anonymous

    That little dog with the bow around his neck is killing me. GIVE HIM TO ME.

    (I guess I don’t know if it’s a he, but somehow I’ve decided that’s the case.)

  • Anonymous

    Her dresses are so short it seems like she’s merely wearing them as tops and with nothing else as bottoms.

  • Anonymous

    I love the first one. The rest of them look like she’s trying too hard…as usual. 
    It is a great match though -she’s the perfect spokesperson.

    PS -I really like the peep toes in the 3rd pic. 

    • Anonymous

      I would totally wear those shoes!

  • Anonymous

    The first 3 shots are cute, but the last one just does not work (nor do the shoes in that pic).

    • Anonymous

      Yes, that last one is weird.  I know she is going for sexy, but she looks confused and befuddled.

  • MilaXX

    Poor little try hard. These aren’t too bad except for that last one. I wish she would embrace the girl next door image a bit more. It suits her so much better.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    You’re right, perfect match…I could already envision the pictures as soon as I saw the tweet.  She still gets on my damn nerves.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=34319176 Bridget Mason Dierks

    Those are some very oddly placed cherries in that third picture.  I can’t decide if she’s almost sitting in them or if she farts fruit.

    • Sara__B

      I think they added her photo to a kitchen photo. The dishwasher handle isn’t pushing into her leg, and, yes, it does look like she’s farting fruit.

  • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

    Yeah, that’s a much better match than so many celeb face deals.  Of course, I don’t buy Candie’s and have no urge to dress like Lea Michelle, so I could be wrong…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6PUVFQ7YCZZFZRIER6BEJ4HVYE Amye

    I do think this is a good match, but the shoes.  Geez, Candies were so much more exciting  and unusual when I was growing up in the 70′s.  Now, they’re pretty much the same as everyone else’s.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2P2ANLRZ6YAVGONA36I2AQJYGI VicD

    I think I just threw up a little bit in my mouth.

  • Emily Scott

    She just looks so unnatural in all of these pictures. Which is fitting, I suppose, since I don’t think there is anything natural about Candies. They really are an ideal match.

    • Anonymous

      Joan Rivers hates Lea Michele with a Joan Rivers-sized passion, and she never misses an opportunity to trash her on “Fashion Police.”  On the Emmy red carpet show, Joan did a hilarious imitation of Lea’s posing and lip-licking on the red carpet.  It was a nice moment that warmed my Lea-loathing heart.

      • Anonymous

        The girl who plays the oldest daughter on Modern Family did a pretty funny imitation of Lea Michelle, too. Cracked my shit up, and I’m not really a Lea hater. I’m kind of over her,though; she’s just sort of become pop culture white noise to me now.

  • Anonymous

    Not sure about Lea Michelle, but the Boston Terrier is killin’ it!

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    • Anonymous

      I don’t know about editing usernames, but I don’t think Disqus lets us delete a comment.

  • Anonymous

    She looks as if she might be having tummy issues, with the lifting a cheek in each shot. I would have cut someone for the fourth pair when I was in my late teens/early 20′s a million years ago.

    • Anonymous

      LOL The one-cheek sneak, as we call it in our house!

  • Anonymous

    Of course.

  • Anonymous

    She turns me on. There, I said it. 

  • Geno Boggiatto

    I kind of like it. At least it’s better than the Britney Spears for Candie’s photoshopped mess campaign.

  • Stefanos Mantyla

    Iconic brand? Never heard of Candie’s.

    “Everyone is obsessed with Glee, and so are we.” I cannot believe they made that rhyme.

    I guess the pictures are alright, the more I look at them.

    • Anonymous

      To be fair, just because you haven’t heard of them doesn’t mean they aren’t iconic. They’ve been around for decades. Mostly catering to the teen set, but they’ve definitely been around.

    • Anonymous

      OMG!  I must be really, really old and really, really gay because I can’t believe there is a woman in America who hasn’t at least heard of Candies!

      • Stefanos Mantyla

        Not sure what “woman in America” you are talking about.

  • Anonymous

    She’s the right sort of cute for Candies but when she/they try to shove her over into sexy temptress it NEVER works. She can do perky & unconsciously sexy but as soon as it looks intentional there’s this big fat THUD.

  • Anonymous

    Great match! Douchey brand meets douchey spokesmodel.

  • Anonymous

    I really cannot stomach her…

  • http://impishdiy.com Impish DIY

    The pictures are cute until the last one. She looks like she just got a shot of novocaine in her lips and is two seconds away from drooling into her lap.

  • Anonymous

    Those poses are ridiculous.

  • Anonymous

    I have a sacharine tooth ache now.  She certainly is a “poser”, isn’t she?  I can’t recall her ever looking naturally comfortable and not totally “ON”.

  • Anonymous

    girl needs some guidance. so unappealing

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OYMPLGS7S7467GQMKEWJDJ3N4A Deb

    All I could think of is: oh, here’s the next Lindsay Lohan. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1202234220 Corinna Cornejo

    What are the tats on her feet? They distracted me from the rest of the shot.

    Btw, that last shot reminds me of what the Jungle Room at Graceland would look like if Barbara Cartland redecorated it. UGH!

  • sweetlilvoice

    Perfect-she’s a great model for cheap clothes and cheap jewelry.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll take that kitchen, please.

  • http://twitter.com/mellafe natalia h

    Of course.

  • Daryl Lancaster

    Isn’t that a Missoni dress from Target (where she is perched on the kitchen sink?)  Funny in a Kohl’s ad campaign…

  • Anonymous

    The shoes in the first photo are like 2 sizes too big for her. Her toes are lost. 

  • Anonymous

    The shoes in the first photo are like 2 sizes too big for her. Her toes are lost. 

  • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

    You know, I’ve read that she has 9 tattoos. Aside from the ones on her feet, where the heck is she hiding them? There’s hardly an inch of skin we haven’t seen.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PRM766RS56X25A5742XLACK2LM Sam

    Every single shot looks like the starting scene in a barely legal porn flick.

    “Sexxy Lay-me Michele finally turns 18 and invites her boyfriend and his handheld camera over to celebrate!!!”

  • Anonymous

    Barf-worthy.

  • Anonymous

    After seeing these pics and her gawdawful posing on the red carpet, I can see that she went to the Courtney Stodden Modeling School.

  • Anonymous

    it looks like she is lifting a leg up to fart. in every. single. picture.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WKSM57KFWUGRMKPDUW4SPL3GDM Kathryn

    I love her.

  • Anonymous

    why is she sitting on the kitchen counters?

  • Camelama Camelama

    ok, maybe I’m looking at it wrong, but in that first photo … the toes on her right foot. Is that photoshopped? Because compare where her toe cleavage is, and then the tips of her toes.  How freakin’ long ARE her toes?!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=523566011 Dawn Grimes Stough

      no, i think you’re right…

  • Anonymous

    WOW. Those ads truly remind me of the Candie’s ads from the late 1970s.  And the shoes remain the same.  High wedges that are impossible to walk in.  I fell flat on my face in 10th grade and turned an ankle in some Candies.   Now I have PTSD for them all.

  • glennethph

    I was expecting, “Of course.”

  • Anonymous

    So shiny skin is in now? 

  • http://twitter.com/sockandaphone Gaby

    she is really perfect for this. its perfect for her super-overworked posing and smiling!

  • Anonymous

    Gotta say I’m loving the shoes. Don’t know if I’d be able to walk in them, but I might have to take a trip to Kohl’s and find out!

  • Anonymous

    Story line of first photo:  Teenage girl binges on pink flowers, purges into a kitchen bowl and covers with a big smile and Candie’s.
    Story line of second photo:  Teenage girl experiments with how it feels to have her dog lick her blossoming youth and covers with a big smile and Candie’s.
    Story line of third photo:  After reading everyone else’s comments, all I can see is cherry farts.
    Story line of fourth photo: Teenage girl pauses to polish her butt while pondering her work on a social studies project on colonialism.

  • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

    Ooooooooooooooof course she is.

  • Anonymous

    Candies – those were the open backed, plastic heeled shoes that girls wore in Middle and HS and I couldnt wear because I was born with my daddy’s xtra wide platypus feet.  Of course after seeing my classmates at my 30-year reunion I bet most of those gals would have foot-muffin-top too now.  js

  • Vaniljekjeks

    Ouch.

  • Anonymous

    She’s quite cute in these photos.