Lea Michele for Marie Claire Magazine

Posted on December 19, 2012

Lea Michele covers the January 2013 issue of Marie Claire Magazine photographed by Andreas Sjödin and styled by Laura Ferrara in Emporio Armani. Hair: Ward Stegerhoek. Makeup: Fulvia Farolfi


On her boyfriend Cory Monteith: “I don’t even remember a time when he wasn’t my boyfriend. No one knows me better than Cory. No one knows what it’s been like to go through this more than he does. Feeling like you have that net underneath you allows you to jump higher and go farther. He makes me feel like I can do anything. For the first time in my life, I feel really, really settled and happy. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world.”

On diva rumors: “I am a very outspoken person, and if something makes me uncomfortable, you will know that it makes be uncomfortable, but that’s as far as it goes. I can assure you that [diva rumors] aren’t real. It’s super-frustrating sometimes, and I used to fight back, but now I feel like, You can think what you want to think about me – that’s OK. I have the most amazing fans, friends, and family members who have stood by me, and I know that my cast and crew really enjoy working with me. That’s all that matters.”

On her breasts: “These babies are great. They are my prizewinners. For a while they were out and about, showing off on Broadway every night, then they came to L.A. and were like, ‘No one else looks like me here!’ They were nervous to make their appearance but feel they’ve earned their place. So they asked if they could come out, and I was like, ‘All right, you guys.’ They definitely rose to the occasion, so I’m going to continue to give them more opportunities.”

Emporio Armani Spring 2013 Collection

Stella McCartney Spring 2013 Collection

Jason Wu Spring 2013 Collection

Jason Wu Spring 2013 Collection




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  • LJCdoc

    Who has long, involved conversations with their boobs????

    • JosephLamour

      I thought that was kind of cute. In a completely absurd way.

      • onefifteen

        I did, too!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lucía-Gavello/1253586868 Lucía Gavello

        All I could think of was Mary Katherine Gallagher: “My big boobs, this one is bigger than this one ’cause its the mommy and that’s the baby. And this one is very nice to this one and they hold hands because they’re friends!” 

        • quiltrx

          I’m so happy that I’m not the only one whose mind went there!  SUPERSTAR!

    • NC_Meg

      That has to be a joke. Someone who hates her wrote that and was like, “No, really, Lea said this. She told me in the bathroom.”

    • https://twitter.com/Gayer_Than_Thou Gayer Than Thou

      I have plenty of quality of time with my John Thomas, so it doesn’t strike me as that unusual to talk to one’s breasts.  Granted, JT and I don’t talk much — it’s more like silent communion — but it seems similar to me.

      • Ms_Flyover

        Thank you for reminding me why my son is named TJ (Thomas John) rather than  JT…

        • sherrietee

           Amusingly enough, my brother’s first and middle name is really truly “John Thomas”.  I shit you not.

    • Suzanne Chaplin

      geez it is just a story don’t take everything so literally.  She was playing off the fact that she use to be topless in show and they were seen all the time so it is no big deal if she shows a little cleavage.

    • Little_Olive

      I sometimes talk to them. They don’t talk back that much, though. 

      But can someone PLEASE explain the phrase ‘No one else looks like me here!’ What are they, blue?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_543JWZNT6UC5FCKPTKDBC2XKTQ cheryl

        I think she’s referencing all the fake boobs in LA.

    • http://www.facebook.com/cole.robertson.92 Cole Robertson

       Somebody whose boobs are “keepin’ it real”, I guess.

    • Aurumgirl

       Mine are all short.  I say, “I’m working out like a bast**d trying to get rid of you, and yet you persist,” but they only complain about how I never let them experience any opportunities.

    • Zubair Ghumro

      The worst part is she will be continuing dressing herself as the hobbit whore. Shame!! All our ofcourses are wasted.

    • kikisayshi

       Why, Lea Michele . . . of course.

    • Rebecca Jay

      At least she didn’t call them “the girls.”  Ugh I hate that term.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1266410766 Phyllis Craine

      ikr?  Nothing is quite as annoying as women who refer to their  breasts in the third person or call them “the girls”.  We’ll see if she feels the same way after having a baby.

    • Candigirl1968

      I was more disturbed by her calling them her “prizewinners.”  
      Not a fan of the cover, but the pics inside are a nice change from her usual garb. Also love the toned down face.  

  • Sobaika

    She looks bizarre. I think she’s trying for HAUGHTY FASHION but instead looks like she’s going to punch the reader for stealing her kid brother’s lunch money.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=615187474 Trish Barker

       She is smizing SO hard!

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

       She has one expression – “ducklips”   She’s on my Rational Hate List, ‘cos there is nothing irrational about hating on her.

  • Jessica O’Connell

    Is it just me, or did she just personify her breasts? I appreciate her being a proud, small-breasted woman, there aren’t many in Hollywood, but…I mean c’mon.

    • Sobaika

      It’s like she’s speaking very condescendingly about her kids or something – “Yes, little Abby really did come into her own this year, we are so proud. I’ll be giving her more opportunities to shine.”

      • Kristin McNamara

        I think the worst part was the forewarning that her breasts aren’t going anywhere, and she will be continuing to dress in the same way she has been for the last year, despite how many times we and TLO have “Of Course”d her for it! :/ hrumph.

    • Suzanne Chaplin

       geez it is just a story don’t take everything so literally.  She was
      playing off the fact that she use to be topless in show and they were
      seen all the time so it is no big deal if she shows a little cleavage.

      • Jessica O’Connell

        Yes, I understand that and knew about the topless scene in Spring Awakening. I just didn’t realize that her breasts can talk and find it odd that that is how she chose to express what she was trying to say.

  • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

    That’s as strange as guys who talk to their dicks. Or name them.  With that out of the way, she should be on the phone to Martie Claire bitching a blue streak over that cover, which is horrendous.

    • Funkykatt

      Or the ones who give their private parts names. 

    • alyce1213

      I can’t stand that.

    • karenbttc

      I just think it represents a horrid double standard.  Do you think anyone asked Michael Fassbender about his d**k?  Yet it’s OK to ask a professional female about her anatomy.  Ugh.

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

         You’re absolutely right.  It IS an awful double standard.

        • jonnyf8

          I’d like to have a conversation with Michael’s . . . oh nevermind — you all get where I’m going with this.

      • mjude

        thank you, well said

      • gabbilevy

        Actually, he gets lots of awkward questions about his dick. Not that this makes Marie Claire in the right.

      • filmcricket

        Actually, yes, I do. And I also recall George Clooney making a joke about it on stage at the Golden Globes in front of God and Hollywood.

    • 3boysful

       Re the cover–You are–as usual!–SO right.  She should be uncomfortable about that for sure.  The other photos are better than I expected.

    • https://twitter.com/Gayer_Than_Thou Gayer Than Thou

      See above.

      I don’t think the interview does her any favors, either — whenever someone addresses diva rumors by saying they’re not going to address diva rumors, I think “Diva rumors are true.”

  • http://twitter.com/carnivaltenten Ten Ten

    Usually I don’t like her, but that second shot is especially captivating. For the first time, I don’t feel an “Of Course” moment.

    Damn you, Mayans!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/jonobeckyLL2 Maggie ♡

       lol. I actually don’t HATE the pictures for once, but I wish I had had good sense to skip over the interview -_-

  • Introspective

    The pics and the quotes all scream “trying too hard”…

    If you stop the vamping and be a little more natural (verbally and visually) youd become way more bearable.
    Love, introspective

  • clatie


  • Zooey

    I hate when people anthropomorphize their tits…. seriously, they’re not sentient!

    I also hate that mint green sash….

  • Imasewsure

    She is one strange little cookie…. and she’s no model but I do like the white jacket/bathing suit picture. It’s fine and that is saying a lot for one of her pictorials which universally suck (refer back to earlier statement “she’s no model.”)

  • http://twitter.com/jonobeckyLL2 Maggie ♡

    Honey…it’s not just the diva “rumors,” it’s the way you come off in interviews in general. Exhibit A: The way you talk about your boobs

    • BrooklynBomber

      I think that was supposed to be a joke. I hope so, anyway!

      • http://twitter.com/jonobeckyLL2 Maggie ♡

         I’m sure it is…but I’ve seen her talk about her boobs before. It’s kind of weird…at least to me.

        • BrooklynBomber

          I didn’t even know there was a “thing” about her breasts. What a world.

          • http://twitter.com/Lisa81211 Lisa

            There’s a fairly recent interview (maybe from this summer?) of her talking about her boobs signing autographs. Lol. So yeah. She has done the boob bit before. Haven’t decided yet if it’s cute or annoying as crap.

        • Little_Olive

          Well, if it is a “thing”, then ew. A couple words would have been cute. This soliloquy, no. 

          • Catiline

            Yeah, this.  I was okay with the boob comments and then she just kept going and going and going…

    • out for a walk

      Also it’s a little thing, but “my cast and crew?” Not helping.

  • Hetha Innis


  • Girl_With_a_Pearl

    I think she should have been “outspoken” about answering moronic questions about her breasts.

  • Cheryl Larkin

    of course.

  • filmcricket

    I can’t help it, I love her. There are SO MANY THINGS about her that are aggravating in the extreme – and these photos are terrible – but that response about her boobs is fantastic, and either all the posing really is her or it’s one of the best-constructed personas I’ve seen. You go, baby-diva. At least she’s got the talent to back it up.

  • Jecca2244

    this interview, in no way, makes her more endearing. and she looks like Jordana Brewster on the cover.

  • alyce1213

    I’m guessing she thought her boob response would be unique, but it’s so . . . rehearsed.  And too precious.
    Annoying score just went up a big notch.

  • http://twitter.com/llamaredpajama Amber

    Is she still relevant? I feel like she’s been on waaaay too many magazine covers lately. Does she have a movie coming out? What’s going on?

  • http://www.facebook.com/seelebrennt Christina Diaz

    she’s the main reason i stopped watching glee.  i can’t STAND her.  and, she’s overrated as a singer.  yes, she can sing and has a knack for belt-y show tunes, but when she throws in that whiny swoop, i want to jam toothpicks into my ears.  ugh, don’t even get me started on the boob convo.

    • Peeve

       THIS! I thought I was the only one who noticed (and detested) the swoop up into notes. They should have beaten it out of her in voice class. Drives me nuts!

  • Laurie Bergman

    Anyone who talks about her boobs as a completely separate entity does not deserve to be taken seriously. “Prizewinners?” What is THAT? Has she named one Publisher’s and the other Clearinghouse?

    • Suzanne Chaplin

      They sure helped Spring Awakening get notice and win 8 Tony’s so yeah. Plus don’t take thing so seriously it was a joke.

      • mollymontgomery

        I’d argue that Spring Awakening got a lot more attention due to the two actors in the cast who’d later be nominated for Tonys for their roles than due to her boobs…

      • warontara

        Lol I found Spring Awakening was overrated at best, but even I can think of better things to like about it than seeing Lea Michele’s boobs. Maybe don’t take your fandom so seriously?

  • Nicholas

    Everything about that cover and interview is boilerplate.

  • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

    In the black jacket I am seeing Demi Moore, strangely.

  • http://www.ellenciompi.com/ NurseEllen

    This makes me sad.  It’s so pathetically obvious that her quotes are designed not to reveal anything about herself, but to be quotable.  It’s obvious she’s talented, it’s just a cryin’ shame that she (and all the other “talent” out there) is packaged, marketed, and sold in such a ridiculous way.  I’m a singer and I would give a lot to be discovered but global or even national recognition surely has a huge price.  Of course.

  • pahtyplatta

    Oh, Lea Michele.  You rare beautiful flower, never change.

  • Jessi03

    My slapping hand is itching….

  • BrooklynBomber

    i don’t care about her breasts or boyfriend; I just want that gold Armani vesty thing (sleeveless jacket?).

  • http://www.facebook.com/Cookie.Taz Aisa Ginger Jake Psenicnik

    i super like the suit jacket look :)

  • l_c_ann

    Is that Jason Wu’s underwear line? 

    It should be, if it isn’t.

  • Trisha26

    I didn’t think it was possible to detest her more than I already did. But after reading the above, it is. Ugh.

  • kimmeister

    Poor model in the Stella McCartney.  For reasons beyond her control, she looks absolutely ridiculous.

    • http://twitter.com/omg_dora Dora K.

      I would use the word “scary,” but yeah. That Stella McCartney suit is an abomination.

  • Fordzo

    Oh my god, she has talking boobs.  Of course.  

  • Judy_J

    I had no feelings for her one way or the other, but after reading the conversation with her boobs, I now have major dislike for her. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1594250515 Kim Brightman

    The boob discussion is just plain weird.  I will say that not long ago I had lunch with a friend on the Paramount studio lot, and I saw Lea riding a bicycle alone through the parking lot.  Pretty low-key for a “diva.”

  • MilaXX

    She needs to have many seats.
    Never have I said,”bitch,please! ” so many times in one post.

    That cover is awful.

  • bertkeeter

    I remember many, many years ago when ARMANI designed clothes that would last a lifetime. WTF happened?

  • Sara LaBatt

    I’m sorry, she’s dating Cory Monteith?  Finn?  That skeeves me out for some reason.  Like Glee is real.

  • YoungSally

    Wait — Finn is her real BF?  What a glutton for punishment!  Or is it just an old hollywood style studio date (like Judy and Mickey)

  • decormaven

    She talks to her boobs, but what do they say in reply?

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    I was gonna give her a ‘thank god I was never quoted in a national publication when I was in my early 20’s’ pass, but I just googled and she’s 26.

    Honey, put the precious twee and boob monologues away, and hope you can still keep a career going after Glee. Oy.

  • http://twitter.com/PhDKnitter marlie

    OF COURSE there’s no picture in which she’s fully dressed.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F73LIJ3SJGI5AJQMXMWXCKILHI Pamela

    Oh, FFS!  Who talks about their breasts like they’re the second-string players on a basketball team?  Oh, of course.  What a colossally STUPID question for an interview!
    In addition, these fashion magazines have been promising “Your Best Year Ever” and “Your Fresh Look Starts Now” for ages–when will it happen for REAL??

    • nannypoo

       What was the question? I just see a stupid answer.

  • luciaphile

    I like her better in these than I have in her usual photos. I think that’s because she’s not wearing that cheesy Sears Catalog circa 1982 look.

  • nannypoo

    I feel sorry for poor Cory Monteith. I realize we’re all responsible for our choices, but I really wonder what he was thinking when he stepped into this steaming pile.

  • Qitkat

    I quite like her look in Jason Wu. Thoughtful, slightly mysterious face is appealing too.

  • Carly Warnock

    She’s riding that same train as Anne Hathaway for me right now where she doesn’t really try to be humble and it grates. 

  • par3182

    I’m no diva; just ask my amazing fans, friends, and family members….in that order.

  • http://twitter.com/peacebang Victoria Weinstein

    Those Armani shoes on the model are so much better than anything Lea Michele has ever worn, said or done. Anyone who speaks of her breasts in such a fashion is too obnoxious to be endured. “My prizewinners?” Way to go, Leah. Thanks for promoting tits over talent. Also, so telling that she mentions her fans before friends or family. The white granny panties (or leotard?) with the Stella McCartney jacket is to loathe. However, that last outfit is quite cute. I love the Oxfords with the skirt on her, and she looks terrific with the short hair.

    • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

      sounds like she entered her tits in the county fair and took home a blue ribbon!

  • http://www.lifeinspice.com/ rose88

    Lea Michele’s “special relationship” with her own tits reminds me of a scene on The Golden Girls when Blanche is thinking about getting her breasts enlarged. 

    Blanche (to Dorothy): I’m sorry, I wasn’t paying attention to what you were saying, I was too wrapped up with my breasts.

    Dorothy: Don’t worry Blanche it happens to all of us.  That’s why I was late with last month’s rent.

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  • quiltrx

    I don’t care for her, but I will admit I really like the last pic.  Maybe it’s just because the clothes are so cute.  But it almost makes me think she’d look good with shorter hair.

  • glennethph

    Of motherfucking course.

  • RedRaven617

    Now I remember why I cancelled Marie Claire. 

  • SapphoPoet

    I have to say that her comments about her breasts made me laugh–first evidence I’ve seen from her that she has a sense of the absurd. 

  • http://twitter.com/karenrubyleo Karen

    love her!

  • bascom hogue

    She does not have the face or body to make these poses look good.