Lea Michele in Jenni Kayne

Posted on May 02, 2012

Oh, Miss Lea! Look at you! Yes, we realize that everyone looks at you and that you spend your days coming up with new ways to ensure that everyone looks at you, but — look at you, Miss Thing!

Lea Michele attends Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ “Glee” Screening in a Jenni Kayne dress paired with Giambattista Valli sandals.

Giambattista Valli Spring 2012 Couture Shoes

Credit where it’s due, dear. We’ve been ragging on you for a couple years now because your public appearance getups tended to be very booby and leggy. And hey, we’re all for a gal showing off the goods when she feels like it, but it reached a point where it was becoming way too expected. Then it went way past that point. It didn’t help that you became known for vamping and sexing in front of cameras in a manner that would have made Jayne Mansfield roll her eyes and mutter “Tone it down, sister.”

But look at you here! You look sweet! And pretty! And fresh! Honey, we’ve been trying to tell you this for years: THIS IS YOUR WHEELHOUSE. Your image is part Barbara, part Marlo Thomas; EMBRACE THAT. You’re America’s Jewish sweetheart! Or you could be if you listen to us and continue working this kind of image. You are naturally charming and insanely talented. Time to work that vibe instead of the “I’m totally fuckable, you guys! Right?” one. Of course it helps that you’re just standing here and smiling. If you tried to pull any of that posey-wosey shi–

Nevermind. We’ll work on that one. Baby steps.

 

[Photo Credit: Andrew Evans/PR Photos, vogue.it]

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  • Sobaika Mirza

    Very cute! Could have used a bit of jewelry. Some studs or a bangle, nothing too cray. And the makeup is a bit heavy.

  • Patricia Gillett

    Cute look on her. The pony was the perfect ‘do for this dress. 

  • theblondette

    So cute! I feel sad for Lea Michele (well, as sad as I can feel for someone that young with so much money ;)). She clearly has a lot of anxiety about being seen as SEXY and DESIRABLE. Her posey photos strike me less as someone with a massive ego and more as someone with a huuuge desire to be wanted. But desperation ain’t sexy. Now here she IS sexy! Because she looks cute and natural.

    • http://eclectictsunami.blogspot.com/ Cassie

      Exactly. She’s a very pretty girl, but she tries WAY TOO HARD. Plus she actually looks her age, for once.

    • http://eclectictsunami.blogspot.com/ Cassie

      Exactly. She’s a very pretty girl, but she tries WAY TOO HARD. Plus she actually looks her age, for once.

  • poggi

    Really pretty.  Seems right on the button for what I really want to be the start of summer.

  • Lilyana_F

    Um, yeah… The “sweetheart” thing? Never can she ever be able to pull that off, she’s not half as good of an actress to be able to cover the “bitch face”.

  • kikisayshi

    Love this!

  • sagecreek

    She looks great! Are you sure this is Lea Michele?

  • mjude

    very cute

  • NurseEllen

    TLo, you crack me up!  Just what I needed to start off the morning (after that first cup of coffee).

    • Glammie

      Too true.  Never thought a Lea Michelle post would just kind of make me happy.  Too, too funny.

  • http://twitter.com/Kathy_Marlow Kathy Marlow

    I’m SO coveting those shoes!!! 

    • Jill_3

      Those shoes. They must be mine. And fast.

  • Kyle Crawford

    Goodness but lets all hope Miss Michele is a TLo Devotee! She looks great here,……BUT, what is up what that ” foot models” foot ??? 

    • mom2ab

      Seriously-I did a double take-$1000 shoes on funky feet is not a good marketing strategy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-Lally/1813707728 Christopher Lally

    I think the technical term is “Balls Accurate”.

    • mountainFashionista

       Or dead-on balls accurate…  “It’s an industry term”

  • megohd

    She does look great and, more importantly, NORMAL. I forgive the kiss blowing, because the rest of it is so normal. Beautiful and normal = fuckable. 

  • formerlyAnon

    She looks great! Wonky hem and all.

    • halleygee

      Seriously, what’s up with that hem?

      • formerlyAnon

         Based on personal experience, I’d say a last minute hemming performed without benefit of needle & thread – tape, maybe? because I don’t see the glint of staples. (Oh yes I have. In my defense, circumstances were dire and I was not going to be photographed.)

      • MissAnnieRN

        That’s exactly what I thought.  I think it must have to do with the weight of the fabric?  Looks like there are a whole bunch of sequins sewed into or something.

      • http://www.facebook.com/fiddlecub Kevin VanOrd

        I am certain that the hem is meant to be raggedy. Look at the collar, sleeves, and where the top meets the skirt: they are all cut the same way. I rather like it, though as someone else commented, it does bring bathtowels to mind. 

        • formerlyAnon

           I think you might be right, now that you pointed out how the line at the back of the top matches the downswoop at the back of the skirt.

          Interesting choice. Can’t lie, the unevenness (rather than a smooth curve) of the skirt hem still looks wonky to me.

      • http://www.facebook.com/fiddlecub Kevin VanOrd

        I am certain that the hem is meant to be raggedy. Look at the collar, sleeves, and where the top meets the skirt: they are all cut the same way. I rather like it, though as someone else commented, it does bring bathtowels to mind. 

  • tsid2012

    Ok, I’ll give her a solid and say she looks pretty good here.  She (and her character!) simply annoy me to no end.  The vamping sex pot is just bad so this is better.  I must secretly confess that I was screaming with laughter & joy when Rachel botched her audition on last nights episode.  I haven’t watched the show in a while but caught it by bored accident.

  • Snailstsichr

    Very cute. Does anyone know what the tattoo on her foot is? It looked like a cat sitting on a book to me, but that didn’t seem logical.

    • http://dentsdelait.tumblr.com/ Nancy Marion

      Maybe it’s a bird flying? It does look like a cat sitting on a book! And my cats do that all the time (especially if I would like to read said book).

    • http://dentsdelait.tumblr.com/ Nancy Marion

      Maybe it’s a bird flying? It does look like a cat sitting on a book! And my cats do that all the time (especially if I would like to read said book).

      • Snailstsichr

        CSP (cat sensory perception) strikes again! I had a dearly departed cat who went and sat on the sewing machine whenever she sensed I had a creative urge. 

    • colleenjanel

       It’s a blue butterfly. And now I shall hang my head in shame for knowing that.

      • Snailstsichr

        Thanks!

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

        A butterfly? *groan* I wish it really were a cat on a book.

        • Susan Crawford

          Agree! I would love to have a tattoo of a cat on a book. . . two of my fave things in one!

  • SapphoPoet

    She looks really cute here. I don’t love the shoes because they seem a bit shiny. (Actually, they remind me of a pair of my mom’s sandals from the 1960s that ended up in my dress up box when I was a kid.) But overall, she looks fresh and pretty and age appropriate. 

    • mountainFashionista

       Yes!  My sisters and I used to fight over who got to wear Mom’s old silver bridesmaid sandals (ca. 1978).

    • Christina Brennan

      Shiny I can deal with, but they look way too big on her.

  • PeggyOC

    Still don’t like her, but I agree, it’s the best she’s looked in ages, because she’s not working the sexy thing, which she never looks entirely comfortable doing.

  • lordandtaylor

    TLO got it right: she can carry of the whole Marlo Thomas look but usually dresses like a stripper pole is only inches away. I watched GLEE last night (WINCE). Hey, my preteen niece was over for dinner. Her great comment, “That is the oldest looking bunch of teenages that I have ever seen.”  WAIT FOR IT. “They even look older than those teenagers in that GREASE movie.” You got to love that girl.

    • formerlyAnon

       Yup. You niece is a sharp cookie.

    • formerlyAnon

       Yup. You niece is a sharp cookie.

    • shirab

      Too true. I flipped past last night just as they were showing Puck sitting in a classroom, and he doesn’t look a day under 29.

      • Anathema_Device

        yes, he and Finn are starting to look like Will Ferrell in an elf class in “Elf.”

  • Little_Olive

    This desperately needed some jewelry to set off all that whiteness. 
    I do not believe she is thinking of toning it down -this is just what the event called for. She sold her soul when she wore that gynoPucci to a late night show.  
    Blah. Out.  

  • nannypoo

    The hem is sloppy. I’m guessing she turned it up herself in the limo on the way over, maybe with a roll of that boob tape that she found in her purse. Otherwise it’s really cute. If it’s available in a color I’d like to see it on a Fanning.

    • Judy_J

      I was thinking the same thing.  It does look like a tape-up job.

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

    I could like this. And her. 

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

    I could like this. And her. 

  • Scarlet39

    I’m afraid I don’t like it.  It looks like two sewn together bath towels.

  • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

    Hmmm, not to short, not to tight, not too shiny. WIN!

  • Cathy S

    She looks really cute. I like the dress, but I don’t like the sandals at all.

  • colleenjanel

    Yes Lea … boobs OR legs! Good job!
    Those shoes are freaking fabulous!!

  • BazoDee

    So much better -and she manages to do it without going all twee. Not sure what’s going on with the back hem. 

  • Judy_J

    I’m wondering who convinced her to wear an outfit that doesn’t flash the goods. 

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    a little less eye makeup dear, but you still look not too shabby.

  • DominoEstella

    boring as hell, but her vagina isn’t on display so it’s way better than her normal look.  You go girl. 

  • EveEve

    eh…hem….it’s Barbra, not Barbara!

  • Alyson Lamble

    That looks like a tennis dress.  No thank you.

  • Chaiaiai

    I would cut a bitch for those shoes.

  • SpcilK

    Sorry, not feeling this. Overall as a look It’s boring and it makes her look boxy.

  • MilaXX

    lol, she does look cute

  • mom2ab

    All I can see are the JC Penny polyester shorty pajamas I had in 6th grade.

  • luciaphile

    She gets on my last nerve, but she looks fresh and lovely here.

  • unbornfawn

    She sure looks radiant when she doesn’t tart herself up! Keep it simple, honey, it works so much better for you.

  • Nariya

    I LOVE the shoes. 

  • Lina_bee

    Dress: boring. Face:  the narcissism, it burns. I have this completely unkind mental image of casting her in the Hunger Games and the audience cheering when her character gets obliterated…which sucks. I don’t want to feel that way about anyone, but this girl desperately needs an image consultant and possibly a personality makeover. This is beyond the scope of a stylist alone.

  • http://profiles.google.com/scaponigro Sarah Caponigro

    Uhhhh the models foot. Yikes.

  • http://twitter.com/GaraStJames Gara St. James

    “It didn’t help that you became known for vamping and sexing in front of
    cameras in a manner that would have made Jayne Mansfield roll her eyes
    and mutter ‘Tone it down, sister.’ ”

    LOL This had me dying! Thanks, guys!

  • Trisha26

    Aside from the shoes which are okay (not on the foot model though) Lea looks ready for a game of tennis.

  • butter nut

    i really wish she had gotten a pair of shoes that actually fit her.  but i’ll take it.

  • snarkykitten

    naturally charming? on what planet?

  • alyce1213

    T-Lo, dears: 
    WTF?? Lea Michele is in no way, shape or form America’s Jewish Sweetheart!
    For starters, she’s half-Jewish on her father’s side — not her mother’s, which is the greater determinant of Jewishness.
    Then, there’s the fact that she was raised Catholic and identifies as such, an even greater determinant of Jewishness.

    Mention Dianna Agron, Natalie Portman — then we’ll talk.

    P.S. This outfit  is cheap-looking and boxy.  But her hair looks nice.

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      or even mila kunis –but not this one.
      the only thing really jewish about her is the stereotypical look.

      edited to add:
      & the stereotypical behavior. but since there are so many non-stereotypical examples floating around–& since, from the remarks herein, i dont think we particularly want lea michelle to stand for us–well, anyway, there you go. i think a lot of us are glad she doesnt work it well enough to be considered our sweetheart. i mean, personally? i’d take amy winehouse over the abovenoted any day.

      • alyce1213

        Oops, forgot Mila.  Of course.
        Lea is half Italian, and could also be stereotyped that way.

      • flieralls

        You’re
        right, there are plenty of young actors out there who are of fully
        Jewish descent, aside from Portman and Kunis, Kat Dennings, Joseph
        Gordon-Levitt, Anton Yelchin, and Logan Lerman.

        Not that you have to be of “fully Jewish” descent to be Jewish, but it gives you a leg up over Michele.

        Logan Lerman in particular is great, from a traditional Jewish background, a nice handsome young man who is very well-spoken.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jay-Chaplin/100003399292703 Jay Chaplin

       Clam down people see her as Jewish and Dianna Agron’s mother wasn’t born Jewish. 

      • alyce1213

        I’m very clam.  People’s misperception of Lea Michele as Jewish is exactly the issue and my objection was to T-Lo referring to her as America’s Jewish Sweetheart.  She is not Jewish and does not identify herself as Jewish, nor should anyone else.

        In fact, Dianna Agron’s mother converted to Judaism, which makes her Jewish.  Dianna had a bat mitzvah. 

        This is all so silly. I’m not observant or orthodox in any way and I really don’t give a crap, but as holdmewhileimnaked so aptly put it “i dont think we particularly want lea michelle to stand for us” . . . whether she’s Jewish or not. 

        • http://twitter.com/metzjg Obrie Bra

          Agreed completely. There are so many great young actors who are of fully Jewish descent, like (as you said) Kunis and Portman, along with Kat Dennings, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anton Yelchin, and Logan Lerman.

          Not that you have to be of “fully Jewish” descent to be Jewish, but it certainly gives you a leg up over Lea Michele.

          Logan Lerman in particular is a great example, from a traditional Jewish background, a handsome, very nice, and well-spoken young man.

      • http://twitter.com/metzjg Obrie Bra

         Who gives a f–k which people “see” her as Jewish? Then those people are racist. The end. Not even in Nazi Germany would Lea Michele have been considered “more Jewish” than Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman. By the Nazis’ laws, Lea Michele would have been a “first-degree mischling”, wheres Portman and Kunis would simply be Jews.

        So, congratulations. You have just taken a position more extreme than that of the Nazi part.

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

    GLEE screening? Do they do this every week??

  • Susan Crawford

    I’ve never seen a nano-second of Glee – I have an allergy to jazz-hands and singers who belt and emote and dance all at once – but I seem to have an unreasonable mistrust of Miss Lea. Why, I ask myself? And there is no answer – until Uncles T and Lo Explained It All. (“vamping and sexing in front of cameras in a manner that would have made Jayne Mansfield roll her eyes and mutter “Tone it down, sister.”) Thanks, fellas. Now I understand.

    But she does look MUCH more down-to-earth in this vaguely Mod outfit, without the shoulder-rolls and simpers and back-arching coyness. The shoes look a full size too wide for her, though, which is too bad, because they are faboo. But I don’t agree that she’s a candidate for princess – Jewish or otherwise.

    For me, that title belongs to Natalie Portman.

    • http://twitter.com/metzjg Obrie Bra

      It’s otherwise.

  • giiiirrrr

    It’s a little softer-side-of-Sears, but still very, very cute.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1313126032 Ajuna Ariel Fenty

    She is still trying to be an “it” girl? even when Glee is in its 1,00,675,093,987 episode and everyone is sick of the show? Gworl

  • http://twitter.com/democracydiva Democracy Diva

    “Your image is part Barbara, part Marlo Thomas; EMBRACE THAT. You’re America’s Jewish sweetheart!”

    TLo, I have always dreamed that you would say these words to me!

  • Spicytomato1

    She looks marginally better than usual. I’m “eh” on the dress but I love the shoes. Maybe I’m still lingering in Mad Style mode because to me they have a cool 60s vibe to them.

  • Amy Ellinger

    wow, she looks her age!!!  very cute, bless her for wearing her hair out of her face!

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    OMG has anyone looked closely at the model’s toes in the pic of the solo shoe?  Her toes look horrifying.  Hell let me model the damn things.  I’m plump everywhere but I have gorgeous feet. 

  • TieDye64

    This chick seriously bugs…however, she looks really great here (excluding that last photo, ugh). This is so much better than the “here’s my sternum, aren’t I sexy” siren dresses. 

    • Lilak

      Yes, OK, and yes.   
      But I still find the hem annoying (in a “Typical!” sort of way):  It looks like she taped it up real quick in the girls’ locker room before first bell.
      Maybe one of these days she really will surprise me 100%.

    • Lilak

      Yes, OK, and yes.   
      But I still find the hem annoying (in a “Typical!” sort of way):  It looks like she taped it up real quick in the girls’ locker room before first bell.
      Maybe one of these days she really will surprise me 100%.

  • elzatelzabelz

    She looks great. Maybe she’s gotten a new stylist? Anyway, cute.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jay-Chaplin/100003399292703 Jay Chaplin

    I think the problem is the people who worry about her posing.  So what, she is having fun with it and doing what the photostos are yelling most of the time. Lay off it is no big deal. 

  • librarygrrl64

    Want! Those! Shoes! Well done.

  • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

    Fabulous!  I love that dress and need those shoes.

  • guest2visits

    Very nice but at the same time just a touch of tennis-court; not sure if it needed something else, – nah, it looks
    comfortable and cute.

  • http://twitter.com/metzjg Obrie Bra

    Jay Chaplin is a racist and his positions on “Who is a Jew?” are more extreme than that of the Nazi Party. That’s just a fact.

    If you keep deleting this, I’ll just keep posting. Why don’t you delete the reference to Michele as a Jew in your article instead. That way you’ll at least increase the level of factual correctness in your article.

  • flieralls

    Feh

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jay-Chaplin/100003399292703 Jay Chaplin

    I think she has toned down the posing and well the photographers continue to yell blow us a kiss.  I don’t see the big deal.