Miss Lea comes roaring back into the spotlight, trying on a slightly harder look, courtesy of Elle.
Cotton canvas jacket by Ralph Lauren Collection | Jeans by Frame Denim | Diamond earrings by Jack Vartanian | Silver and rose gold necklace by Tiffany & Co | Ruby, mother-of-pearl and rose gold ring by Pomellato | Metal and leather vintage Chanel belt
“Glee”star Lea Michele covers the December 2013 issue of ELLE magazine photographed by Carter Smith.
On how she’s handling Cory Monteith’s death: “I never thought I would be in this position in my whole life. Now that I am in this position, you can choose to rise, and that’s what I’m going to try to do. I know that Cory would want nothing more than for me to take this situation and use it to help people.”
On relying on friend Kate Hudson during the difficult time after Monteith’s passing: “I called [Kate Hudson] and said, ‘I don’t know where I’m going to go because my house is swarmed [with reporters].’ She was like, ‘Oh, you’re going to stay at my house.’ Like it was nothing. No one knew I was there. I’ll never really be able to thank her, truly, for what she did for me.”
On taking time to heal: “It’s very hard. And you have to be very strong to come out of this alive, but I think by doing the best for myself, by showing that you don’t have to lose yourself, maybe someone else will feel some sort of strength or comfort.”
On why she never expected her career in television to take off: “I was told my whole life I would never do television because I was too ethnic. I was 100 percent focused and ready to be the best in the world [of Broadway] I was in.”
Jacket by Prabal Gurung | Bra top by Peter Som | Denim shorts by Emilio Pucci | Metallic pumps by Saint Laurent
Quilted dress and leather and net-lace Boots by Tom Ford
Cropped pullover by Derek Lam | Stretch-jersey pants by threeASFOUR | Sunglasses by 3.1 Phillip Lim | Vintage Chanel gold-plated metal and leather belt | Sandals by Sergio Rossi
It’s not the style we would have picked for her and we doubt it’s one she’ll adopt herself. As a one-off, it’s a fine way to make a statement as she walks back into the spotlight. Not her look, though. A little too Cha Cha DiGregorio, if you know what we mean.
[Photo Credit: Carter Smith for ELLE magazine]