Lea Michele’s Candie’s Fall 2012 Campaign

Posted on July 12, 2012

Darlings, Lea Michele’s fall campaign for Candie’s is as sweet as a cane-sugar Coke and just as likely to give you a toothache!

Let’s all examine each picture and shout out our thoughts, mkay? Mkay!
Of course.


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Your turn!


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  • MilaXX

    Of course!
    Actually it’s not too bad considering this sickly sweet image is the one Candie’s is trying to sell. The shot with the yellow top borders on try hard, but the rest are fine.

  • lilibetp

    Of course.

    • JosephLamour

      I love how they photoshopped her stomach (that’s already presumably devoid of fat) in that first photo and the only way we would know that is because of the behind the scenes photo.

      • zmayhem

        I gave you a “like,” but only because there’s no button for “Holy crap, I didn’t even notice until you pointed it out, but dear God that’s infuriating and sickening, those bastards.”

        • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

          THOSE RAT BASTARDS!  🙂

      • DesertDweller79

         I love having that behind the scenes photo there.  It is an excellent reminder of how much photoshopping happens in the media.  Gosh, I am tempted to print these out and stick them to my bathroom mirror.

        • Seriously. It’s so great to see, hey, she’s eensy, and even SHE has a little curve to her stomach.

      • formerlyAnon

        Kinda sad ’cause she’s sexier with the natural curve. 

  • Paigealicious

    The bright colors remind me of Katy Perry. I do sort of like the Mary Janes, though.

  • Of course.

  • KateShouldBeWorking


    I can’t be objective anymore.

    • Squarah

      Skank is such ’90s slang to me. Speaking of which, this is actually a big upgrade in classiness for Candie’s from those ’90s ads with Jenny McCarthy on the toilet. Now that was skanky!

      • MK03

        I remember those. Even when I was 12, I thought “you know, I think that’s a bit much…”

      • kittenwithaquip

        I was almost hoping to scroll down and see a picture of Lea on the toilet. Anything to be less boring and…stylistically stagnant.

        • Catiline

          Lea on the toilet?

          Of course.

      • Magatha

         Yup, those Jenny-on-the-toilet ads are ALWAYS what I think of whenever I see or hear anything at all about the Candies brand. I guess that’s a success for them if the only mission is name recognition. ‘Course, if they want me to buy anything, then it’s a fail.

    • Sobaika


      You know, she can dress/present herself how she likes. There’s just a – tackiness? Obviousness? – to it all that makes her seem desperate. Kardashian-lite, if you will. And yeah, SKANK!if you want to be succinct about it.

      • twocee

         Kardashian-lite is the best description I’ve ever read for Lea Michelle.  You nailed EXACTLY why she’s on my irrational celebrity hate list.

        On the other hand, the Kardashians are all on my “rational” celebrity hate list 🙂

        • MilaXX

          I wouldn’t call her Kardashian -lite, because unlike them she has actual talent. The thing that annoys me about her tat she seems to want to be liked so badly. That’s why I call her a try hard. She always seems to be trying so hard to be seen as a sex symbol instead of relying on her talents.

          • nancymae

            It’s the Mariah Complex all over again.

          • littlemac8

            I agree – she has talent!  She is perfect for the campaign but did they use all those photos? because some of them looks they should be out takes.

          • Sobaika

            To clarify, I also think she’s mega-talented, but her shtick is most definitely in the Kardashian wheelhouse – all tight clothes, short lenths, laquered-on makeup, designer handbags, etc. Overdone top to bottom.

          • When they show candids of her – now mostly with Cory – she’s usually makeup free and sometimes schlubby looking. When she’s at events, I see that as everyone dressed up and she’s no more made up than others. I don’t recall seeing her as Kardashian-like or Kardashian-lite off the clock. 

          • Sobaika

            I remember seeing a post on this blog (or maybe with the Fug Girls) with her coming off a plane in a giant floppy hat, LV handbag, dressed to the nines. And I’ve always found her to be a bit more EXTRA even when she’s at events.

            But hey, people see different things in different people. Some find her super relatable, some find her grating, and some just think, “Of course.” 🙂

          • Perhaps that one time was over the top but then again, that description is no more EXTRA than you’d see Beyonce or Jennifer Lopez or a list of others so I don’t see what that has to do with anything. But I guess for me, I come here for the fashion and the pictures, not to rag on her personally. Different strokes, I guess. 

        • SassieCassy


    • @Squarah:disqus well, at least Jenny was being herself – a little raunchy, goes with her playboy image. these are so phony.

      • Squarah

        I think it’s the freaky pageant smile; It definitely doesn’t look natural.

    • call_me_schmeg

      my skank barbie?

    • patticake1601

       When women call each other skank and slut it just gives men the go ahead to call us those names. We should stick together, not insult each other.

      • Jacqueline Wessel

        Thanks patticake, I absolutely agree. The young women I work with often use the word “hoebag” (not really sure how that’s spelled) when referring to other “chics” (a word my feminist buddies of the early 70’s and I agreed never to use). When I said something to them about it they told me it was empowering somehow. But I don’t buy it and they have no idea where I’m coming from either. I cringe every time I here them. 

        • patticake1601

          I do remember hat “chick” was derogatory in the 70’s.

          I don’t understand how calling other women “hoebags” is empowering. As women we should stick together not cut each other down (critiquing what “stars” wear is different…LOL). Women have gained so much in the last 30 years, but calling each other sluts, hoebags, skanks is just wrong.

      • Cautia

         I feel like I’m on an elementary school playground when I see one woman try to insult another by calling her ‘skank!’

        • tereliz


          You need to be more constructive, less personal, saying, “Lea Michelle, sometimes the things you wear make you look skanky.” 😉

      • SassieCassy

        Look I get your intent and I especially dont like words like SLUT because they use sexuality to degrade women but I resent the idea that women must always stick together and support one another and kumbaya no matter what. I am not a lea fan and the first thoughts in my head will be a bunch of negative things. Same as when someone puts Andrew Garfield up here or Reese Witherspoon. 

        And now thanks to TLO i will always think OF COURSE for Lea too.

        • But nobody said that women always have to stick together. “Using gendered insults supports misogynistic culture” does not equal “all women need to play nice and like each other all the time”.

          • SassieCassy

            Its said by the original poster in this part of the thread.

    •  I don’t know what’s worse: Lea with a gigantic, fake-ass smile or Lea with JLo’s pout.

      But seriously, sorry Lea. I don’t think anybody can make me THIS annoyed with their smile. :/

  • Of course, of course.

  • best commentary ever!

    btw, I L-O-V-E HER, she’s my spirit animal

  • All I am seeing is what I imagine to be a tribute to Pretty Woman.

    • BradWatson

       “Pretty Woman – The Musical”

  • hughman

    Jane Russell or Babs Streisand. Pick one but you can’t have both. 

    • Vodeeodoe

      Christina Hendricks already took one and I think she’ll have to cagefight Babs for the other, but you can guess who I’d bet on.

    • Cautia


  • Vanja

    The classic “boob and butt simultaneously” pose… of course. Cute male model though.

    • aesteve212

       That first photo looks like it is shot in a fun house! her two butt cheeks are on one plane but her thighs are on another!

  • Sorry, guys, I think she looks really cute. And the whole campaign is, well, perfectly Candie’s.

    • Leonardo Alves

      of course…

    • LuluinLaLa

      I agree. And I guess I don’t understand the point of the commentary, since this is an ad campaign. She didn’t choose the clothes, or the makeup, or the stage direction.

  • melizer

    The same Candie’s that cuts Briston Palin big checks through the Candie’s Foundation for backpedaling from her original “abstinence isn’t realistic” stance?  Hmmpfh.

    • Sobaika

      Wait, what? Really??

      • ChiliP

        Yup, she was paid over $260k by The Candie’s Foundation for being a *spokesperson* for teen pregnancy prevention.  Ugh all around.

        • Sobaika

          Gross. Not that I purchase Candies but if I did then this would be my cue to stop.

  • I covet her lady legs, I would lurve to know what one has to do to get lady legs like that, seriously what exercises and how often.

    • lovelyivy

       I suspect it’s genetics. No workout ritual on earth can give me graceful slender legs- I have massive muscular ones instead. easier to just learn to love what you’ve got. Le sigh.

      • YoungSally

        Le sigh — but a perhaps un petit peu le shoppephotografique.

    • Sobaika


      • 3boysful

         That’s what I was going to say.  And lots of calf raises.

      • cravereality

        I’m pretty sure Lea doesn’t actually do ballet (or the idea that Rachel is a good dancer wouldn’t be so ludicrous).

        • Sobaika

          Nope, she’s semi-trained and even did pointe work on Glee’s first season. Now, she was actually really bad en pointe (and is generally not the best dancer on the show) but you can’t just throw someone in pointe shoes who has never done it before. I’m assuming lessons were part of her Broadway pedigree, even if dance isn’t exactly her thing.

  • Vanja

     Not your ‘inner goddess’?

  • gabbilevy

    I’m so glad we can count on you boys for spot-on, thorough commentary on this campaign! (And no, that’s not me being sarcastic…)

  • CarolinLA

    The last one she looks like Kristen Davis circa 2004, rocking the Charlotte look.  

    • mshesterp

      I thought the same thing!

  • Of course x infinity.

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    does anybody know where these were shot?

    certainly not kohl’s. some of it looks like rodeo drive & its immediate, how you say, environs. some of it looks like the long lost robinson’s beverly hills [where i worked when it was fancy & i was fourteen]. some of it looks like the old maxfield bleu, more or less beside the troubador. someone will now tell me it’s new york, but i dont think so [& this will probably be the same person who told me marc jacobs had no interest in kusama & i was a fool for thinking elsewise]. otoh: i am really curious if anyone does know.

    • DesigningWoman21

       It looks like Paramount Studios New York Street backlot….

      • TheOriginalLulu

        It has to be. No bench in NYC is that clean and white.

    • Paramount lot.

  • CarolinLA

    Isn’t it a bit too on the nose for her to have her bush up against another bush? I mean, I’m all for Fifty Shades of Grey but twigs and berries take it too far.

    • PinkLemon

       ohmygosh i just had a flash of a thought of her starring in the film…and, even though i haven’t read it nor care to, the idea of her in it makes me oddly irate. haha

  • 3boysful

    Gotta admit she’s got the gams.

    • halleygee

      Agree, killer gams!

  • mshesterp

    I love that that is the de facto phrase when even her name is uttered.  I can’t even see “Lea Michele” without immediately thinking “*sigh*…of course.”

  • Brittany Rhea Deputy

    It’s all very “of course” but then again it’s a Candies campaign and, really, when haven’t they been loud and trashy?

  • Squarah

    She looks gorgeous. I get why she annoys so many people, but perversely I sort of love her for it.

    • Vodeeodoe

      It bugs me because she is beautiful and she does have a great singing voice, but it doesn’t seem like it’s enough for her. Every time I see a picture of her she is wearing something short and sleazy and trying way too hard to let everyone know that she is more of a sex kitten than what you see on Glee. I call it the Mariah Carey syndrome – fresh faced, girl-next-door looks shoved into street walker clothes. If I was her parent, I’d be bummed.

      • I think its more of the “she used to feel that no one would or did think she was beautful, and now she does” syndrome. She has talked about how she was told so many times she wasn’t pretty enough to make it in Hollywood and how glee helped her feel truly beautiful. I dont know, i think thats why I tend to give her more of a pass for the way she seems to present herself.

    • Sara__B

      She’s been doing musical theatre forever, and she seems to always play to the cheap seats, whether she’s shooting a commercial or walking the red carpet. Over-the-top theatrical, to the point of “chewing on the scenery”. I suspect, if she stays around long enough, she’ll settle in to a more natural persona. At least I hope so. But until then, “Of course!”

  • DinaSews

    Haha.  Without a doubt, one of the best commentaries EVER.  I disagree with those who think she is perfect for the campaign.  I always thought Candies was selling the super-sweet teen.  She is just (trying) oozing sex. 

  • elleg929

    The lipstick shade it awful.  Did they really think it was necessary to match her lips to the shoes and the balloons?  OF COURSE!

  • novhappy

    Clearly she can’t bend over in those dresses, without causing a wardrobe malfunction.  Should have thrown a $100 bill on the ground in front of her and shown her staring at it longingly.

    • Little_Olive

      Are you suggesting that she couldn’t possibly have tried on all those shoes?

      • 3boysful

         Of course.

  • belfebe

    Of course.

  • Of course.

  • congratulations, Candies – I now like you LESS than I did before. Ad campaign well done.

  • sisterb67

    I wanted a pair of Candie’s SO badly when I was about 12 or 13 (during their initial heyday in the early ’80s), and my mother said to me “You may not have a pair. The only people who wear Candie’s are girls who are ‘easy’. And hookers.”  I think I was more upset about the fact that my mother even knew what a hooker was than not being allowed to have a pair of shoes.

    •  My dress up bin from my mom had a pair of them, from the late 70s. I loved them so much I tried to take them to college.

  • sweetlilvoice

    Girl has some great legs. And the male model is cute too.

  • PinkLemon

    hahahah! that ‘PRESENTING’ one is hilar.

  • Rand Ortega

    Of course.

  • MK03

    Bah, I think it’s cute. She’s fresh-faced and adorbs in these shots and she’s not trying to eye-fuck the camera. Well, except for the second-to-last shot. Get rid of that one and I think this is a home run.

  • Amy

    She likes dress that you cannot bend over in. Candies always puts their models (remember the Brittany Spears ads?) in dresses that you cannot bend over in. It’s a match made in heaven.

  • I am meh on this. I’m not the target audience and everything seems too Katy Perry-esque for me to really enjoy. That said, her hair looks great, I mostly like the make-up (don’t like the bright lip on her) and she gives good body in the clothes.

  • I will say the gurl has some LEGS going on.

  • TheOriginalLulu

    That last shot made me lol. They’re all comical, but that last one…I’m imagining she’s got her butt cheek up in the air like that because she’s, ahem, “passing wind” and looking over her shoulder like that to make sure nobody’s around. Please excuse the crude humor, but that’s the first thing I thought when I saw it.

  • miagain

    Of course….NOT!

  • I kinda hate myself for saying this, but the second shot is genuinely cute.  She usually strikes me as either pageant kid ‘ain’t I adorable’ or ‘look at my sexay face’ but she got it right that time.

    The last one, of course, is execrable.

  • another_laura

    Thanks, T Lo.

    It’s a cute campaign and she looks very much herself in it – of course – so it’s hard, even for this bitterest of kittens, to be too biting.

  • Little_Olive

    I was gonna comment on how ridiculously exaggerated some of the poses are, as if we all walked around like we’d just done a “bend and snap”.  

    Then I noted that the girl that works in the office next to me sits EXACTLY like Lea in the last shot.  And wears fuchsia shoes and matching lipstick. And dates a partner in the firm who is 20 years older than her. Hmm. 

  • Hell, I’d swap getaway sticks with her ANYtime.

  • Dr. Derf van der Derf

    Its like the photographer said “Now stick your ass out in the weirdest way possible!!!” for half the pictures.

  •  I like the bright colors, so I guess it works?

  • Vodeeodoe

    My favorite one is where she’s blocking the cute boy’s face. My second favorite are all the ones where no matter what is going on, she is vamping straight up into that camera lens. My third favorite…JUST KIDDING…I don’t like any of these. She’s a little gauche for my tastes and so are all of Candies ad campaigns. That shot where she is sitting whilst backing her a** up off the chair is kind of hilarious though. I totally sit like that all the time. Totally.

  • allj


  • Vaniljekjeks

    Of course.  But I actually adore those black Mary Jane pumps.  I would not mind a pair of those. 

  • clatie

    It takes a special talent to stick your ass out that far while sitting in a chair.

  • lol I dont know why i even open up Lea Michele posts here anymore, I always leave them bitter. haha
    The crazed lea michele fan in me cant handle anything not absolutely glowing said about her.I have loved Lea for years, even before glee, and so find myself super defensive of her. She literally can do no wrong in my eyes. I just remember how flawless and amazing she was in spring awakening.

    • That being said, i genuinely think these shots are adorable and yes, cheesy. But thats candies, for you, thats anyone that ever models for candies. 

  • mjude

    at lest she is consistent….of course

  • sockandaphone

    your bitterness towards lea michelle’s insufferable over-posing gives me life :’)

  • GorgeousThings

    Gawd, she annoys the crap out of me. I didn’t like Candies when every SMG student at BU wore them in the 80s. I don’t like them now. 

    You know, it just struck me why I really dislike her. She poses like she’s all cute or all sexy or all sweet girl next door, but there is something in her eyes that just makes me know she would cut you if it would get her ahead in the business.

  • kimmeister

    I think she gets paid by the square inches of exposed rear thigh.

  • SewingSiren

    I’m disappointed. No open toe neutral colored mules ? Why else would you want a pair of Candie’s?

  • formerlyAnon

    Not a great sign when the boy prop has more genuine expression on his face than she does.

    Otherwise, she’s better here than I’d have predicted. Especially when the overall feel is “cute” rather than “sexy.” She just doesn’t project “sexy” believably. It’s weird, given how much she practices.

  • Darva Sutra

    A horse is a horse, of course, of course,
    And no one can talk to a horse of course
    That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Ms. Lea

  • j_anson

    Boy, am I not the target audience for this ad campaign. (repeat 8x)

  • nannypoo

    OK, I’m just gonna say it: I can’t stand this self-absorbed little snot. Everything she does annoys me. All this writhing in front of the camera will only work for the short haul. She should focus on making a career out of her talent, not out of her ludicrous posing. She has made herself ridiculous.

  • KC

    She definitely overpasses, but that’s why I think she fits so well with Candie’s, they’re all about overdosing. She looks cute in all of them if….a bit fake. I like the candid shots where she looks more genuine. The first one in the blue coat where she looks like she’s just sweetly waving to a friend and the one where she’s standing in the blue dress (not sticking her butt out) looking a bit sweet and shy. I guess what I’m saying is I like the ones where she’s not acting like her usual red carpet self.

  • Zippypie

    Because it’s the same old schtick from her, it’s boring.  Surprise me for once, Lea!

    That being said, I do love the bright colors.

  • AlexisPayne

    Of Course. 

    But those trench coat shots are pretty adorable.

  • Anathema_Device

    Coke tends to give me  stomach aches and headaches, but the simile still works.

  • granddelusion

    Of course.

    Why is “slutty” the first word that jumps into my head where her “posing” is concerned? (Candies doesn’t help.)

  • Why the hell is she sitting on that chair like that?! The most uncomfortable awkward booty tooch ever.

    • out for a walk

      I’m not as up on Tyra’s tooch variants as I could be, but I’d tend to declare that a hoochie-tooch.

  • guest2visits

    She’s an attractive girl, but the only items here that don’t look tacky and cheap are the black trench and it’s black strap shoe.

  • I generally enjoy the bitchery, but that was just kind of tiresome.

  • Trang Nguyen

    Greasing up her legs to look like Barbie legs is kind of gross to me. Blehhh…

  • Scott Isaacs

    If there was anyone

  • AnaRoW

    Vanessa Hudgens did the Candie’s campaign last year and her photos came off as fresh and youthful.  Lea looks off, like she’s trying to fake fresh and youthful (and sexy). Nothing about her posing is natural. I just did a search and found out they’re only two years apart in age.  Based on last and this year’s campaigns, it seems more like a decade.

  • newtonGOTbeaned

    I don’t get it. She’s a pretty attractive person, but she looks terrible in these photos. It’s not just the ridiculous clothes. They made her face look bad and the poses are awkward as hell. Candie’s apparently is incapable of making their spokes models look cute.

  • I’m sorry – but the last photo looks like she is tooting and trying to be coy about it. Otherwise “of course” fits and it is all typical of Candies.

  • With the way she is always sticking out her tush, she must have to keep a chiropractor on retainer to help with her lower back strain. And am I the only one who thinks those pink shoes don’t even fit her?

    But I do love those black ankle boots.


  • Anna Maria Diamanti

    This actually makes me miss Jenny McCarthy on the toilet.

  • Fordzo

    From the front, the pink shoes remind me of Minnie Mouse shoes.  

  • Who is even still buying those shoes? Oy. I have a toothache. And she needs a trim (10 inches) because her hair is getting very Loretta Lynn lately.

  • Verascity

    I laughed so hard at the allcaps one because I thought it, too. Who’s the guy she’s with? He’s wonderful.

  • quiltrx

    That last one looks like OF COURSE she wants the doctor to get a good look at that zit in her butt-crack.  It may need lancing.

  • jmorino08


  • afabulous50

    You guys need to leave her alone… It isn’t that bad!!

  • xmixiex

    of course, etc.  but damn, girl’s got a body.  

  • TieDye64

    Eh. But it’s Candie’s so what can you expect? 

  • I think it’s mostly pretty cute!

  • Call me Bee

    These super-sweet images make me long for the days when Jenny McCarthy wore her Candies sitting on the pot! 

  • I love you guys. Of course.

  • Brunette Barbie. 

  • bailey debruynkops


  • God she’s obnoxious.

  • RzYoung

    Of course

  • she sucks. she’s annoying. there’s nothing else to say. 

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Haha!! I was hoping…and you delivered!  Hilarious!

  • SapphoPoet

    Of course. Well, what else can you expect from Lea and Candies? The only one that’s really off target is when she’s trying to do her “sultry vixen” face. That just doesn’t work. 

  • Kristy Evans

    Man, in that first image, she is really pulling off that impossible comic book cover trope of showing your ass and your tits at the same time. She has no spine. 

  • annrr

    My kids are going thru a fake smile phase and that is what this reminds me of. The styling is cute and she is the perfect face for Candies but she is not a good model.

  • tereliz

    Can we just focus on the positive? There’s nary a platform hoof in sight! 


  • oohsparkley!

    Pretty cute, except for the last two shots.  The yellow top one is awkward and ridiculous and the last shot looks like the photoshopped an extra twenty pounds on her.  That’s bad.

  • librarygrrl64

    OMG, that final pose, hahahahaha!!!! “Why, yes, that WAS my ass just walking by. Care to take another look?”

  • Lilak

    Mercy … she had to have thrown something out of joint posing for those last two pix.

    Don’t know how she kept from corpsing throughout this shoot.  Guess I should start respecting her acting ability a little more, huh?  

  • crash1212

    Eh. It’s Lea. Don’t care….but I cannot believe I’m going to type this….I think those shoes are cute! Want the pink pumps NOW!

  • aimee_parrott

    LOL!  Of course.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    She is the perfect pink plastic poseur princess for this brand. Or the complete cutesy contrived callow cupcake for Candies.

  • bluefish

    ca va sans dire, of course!  that last photo is just horrendous on so many levels

  • She’s pretty much custom-made for the brand. Of course.

  • PrincessSlaya

    I hate that “sitting like I have raging hemorrhoids” pose she does.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Well, for her, she is relatively well covered.  Her hair is gorgeous, and the makeup is done well.  The shoes are even kinda cute.  She’s got great legs.  Doesn’t make me like her any more than before, but she gets props for working this campaign.

  • I still want that blue coat. 


    I quite literally LOL’d my way through this whole thing. She has skyrocketed damn near close to the top of my Irrational Celebrity Hate List with this editorial alone. That smile makes me ten kinds of angry.

    • i’m just thankful for all the laughs she gives me, between her smile and her exhibitionist tendencies, she’s a real laugh riot!

  • Warrior89

    That last one looks like she’s lifting a cheek to let out a toot.

    • TheOtherChristina

      Yes! Or pooping directly into the Candie’s bag — apropos, yes?

  • My 13 year old will love this and she is the target market….

  • Dagney

    I think I just developed a cavity.

  • JasonKL

    It’s so fluffy it just might float away. But isn’t Candie’s aimed at 13-15 ish girls? Probably right for the target market.

  • “hi, i’m lea, and here’s everything i’ve got…again…and again x7…and look how big my butt is (penultimate shot)…again…and again.

    • KathKo

      “Hi, I’m Lea. I’m a HUGE fan of ANTM and I think I just mastered tyra’s booty-touch. And, hey ! just check my legs !”

  • Bootie Tooch! Of course!

  • Town

    I need those hot pink shoes.

    That is all.