Lea Michele Poledances her New Book “Brunette Ambition”

Posted on May 23, 2014

Lea-Michele-Brunette-Ambition-Book-Signing-NYC-The-Grove-LA-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO-(3)Lea Michele at book signing of her new book “Brunette Ambition” at Barnes & Noble in New York City in a Tanya Taylor look from the spring 2014 (top) and Fall 2014 (skirt) collections paired with her favorite Bionda Castana ‘Rosario’ pumps.

Lea-Michele-Brunette-Ambition-Book-Signing-NYC-The-Grove-LA-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO-(4)Lea Michele at book signing of her new book “Brunette Ambition” at Barnes & Noble at the Grove in Los Angeles in an Exclusive for Intermix ‘Roxy’ printed silk romper paired with (of course!) Bionda Castana ‘Rosario’ pumps.

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  • PastryGoddess

    A book! What on earth? How did this happen? WHY did this happen.

    What’s next, motivational speaking on how to be Sexy McSexy all the Sexytimes

    • gayle

      From the excerpts I have seen it would be perfect to read as a companion to Be Me or Do Me, as in, read her life and fashion advice and then read TLo explain why you should not listen to the silly celebrity.

      As for her outfits, I want to chop at least a foot off her hair and fix the awful coloring.

      • PastryGoddess

        I’m pretty sure my eyes would begin to bleed before I got through the first chapter.

        • demidaemon

          I’m pretty sure mine are already just from the description. That may also be mixed with tears of disappointment and shame for the publishing world.

  • Danielle

    The romper is a skosh too short but we’re not in danger of seeing the fine china so I’ll let it go. The first look is pretty adorable.

  • @Biting Panda

    Oh for fuck’s sake. She just makes me ragey.

  • another_laura

    I thought that was a joke. I’m gobsmacked that she has a book (and I purposefully did not write “she wrote a book”) and called it “Brunette Ambition.” I just can’t with this girl. (I wonder if Madonna has any thought of suing, just to get some easy publicity?)

    • smayper

      It’s guaranteed to be an awful book, and the name is so doubly awful.. REALLY? That’s the best title a squad of marketers could come up with? Recycled Madonna? No, no, no.

    • conniemd

      Who on earth would want to buy her book. She’s too young and not a big enough celebrity to have anything remotely interesting about her life.

  • Zuber

    The bare midriff is the new ofcourse with her!

  • snarkykitten

    She’s wearing a frekin sports bra from Walmart.

  • Did she lose a dare and has to wear those shoes for a month?

    • Lucía Gavello

      I was thinking the same thing. I liked them at first but they don’t go with EVERYTHING, dear.

  • FibonacciSequins

    I’m imagining her in her hotel room every night, furiously buffing those white shoes with a bottle of Kiwi Scuff Cover.

    • GeoDiva

      OMG! You have the most fabulous screen name!

      • FibonacciSequins

        Thank you! I stole it from PowerPuff Girls.

    • KES4K

      Yes! I was going to say, points for keeping them white, I guess? But that’s at least 4 or 5 public outings in the same pair (or at least the same style)…and they *still* look half a size too big!

      • FibonacciSequins

        I’ve noticed everyone sizes up a half or full size for the red carpet, and I’m not sure why. Avoiding blisters? But it seems like they’d be so hard to walk in!

  • I can’t believe there’s no extra author credit on this book (you know, one of those, “with help from” or “as told to” lines). But then again, there’s this:
    “The official description of Lea Michele’s BRUNETTE AMBITION is as follows: “The star of the hit show Glee shares her experiences and insider tips on beauty, fashion, inner strength, and more in an illustrated book that’s part memoir, part how-to, and part style guide. Lea Michele is one of the hardest working performers in show business and she knows better than anyone that it is difficult to be your best self and keep things in perspective when your to-do list is overflowing and you are faced with challenges. A practical and inspirational guide to harnessing tenacity and passion, Brunette Ambition is about living the fullest life, no matter what obstacles life puts in your way.” (from Broadway World website) Hmmm, nothing about sexiness?

    • @Biting Panda

      I tried to read that aloud, but I started hyperventilating from my laughter. Thanks for that.

    • SugarSnap108

      Lea Michele “knows better than anyone” how hard it is to deal with a life full of challenges? I’ll mention that to my friend who’s a social worker at a homeless shelter. She should definitely read this tome of wisdom.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        That line is a priceless example of the very different world in which Lea lives. Celebrities say the darnedest things, don’t they?

      • Twigg

        I’m going to buy a copy of this book for all my clients (also a social worker). They need her wise and experienced insights.

        • SugarSnap108

          I bow to you guys. I feel like social work is one of the toughest (and most important) fields there is.

      • Alloy Jane

        I’ll admit, I cackled.

      • demidaemon

        Really. Bitch, please.

        • decormaven

          “and she knows better than anyone that it is difficult to be your best self and keep things in perspective when your to-do list is overflowing and you are faced with challenges.” Challenges like which outfit to wear- the one with the belly strip or the plunging neckline.

          • demidaemon

            Exactly. Refer to my previous comment.

      • onefifteen

        Well, her boyfriend did die of a heroin overdose at 30 years old. That’s gotta mess with you.

        • SugarSnap108

          Of course. But the presumption that you know better than anyone how hard it is to deal with day-to-day challenges is obnoxious, and ridiculous. I do realize she didn’t write the description (or the book) and may not actually see herself this way. I hope not.

          • onefifteen

            She has a tv show and has an album that came out recently. That book description is pure marketing. Some professional came up with it to sell books to a niche market. I seriously *doubt* she wrote it. She probably also had someone ghost the book for her, with some of her input.

          • SugarSnap108

            seriously *doubt* she wrote it. She probably also had someone ghost the
            book for her

            Yeah. That’s what I just wrote.

          • onefifteen

            We are in agreement. Her fashion choices are a bit ridiculous, sure, but I don’t understand the hatred that people on this site have for her. I don’t even watch Glee and I think this.

          • ChiKat67

            I get the hatred for her “fashion sense” and the general derision regarding her “book”, maybe it’s the way people snark on her that is translating as hate. Do hate her character on Glee though. Insufferable!

      • smayper

        OH, you hit it on the head. Of course, I want to hit HER on the head. The big sticks, like for Bieber.

      • AnnaleighBelle

        Seriously. We all know that everyone has personal challenges, but does the spotlight really blind people so badly that they can’t see how ridiculous they are to counsel people how to harness tenacity and passion?

        One thing I will always give to Angelina Jolie is that she says she has no idea why she is lucky enough to be in her position while another woman born a world away has a life of constant struggle.

        I’m hoping for a Kim Kardashian book showing how to get back your body after having a baby with self-discipline, tenacity, hard work, a team of nannies, cooks, housekeepers, makeup artists, extension wranglers and love.

    • nomoreprinces

      In all honesty, if I were the ghost writer for it, I’d insist on an extra bonus check to *not* have my name associated with it and just take all the money to the bank in secret shame.

      • muzan-e

        If you were to make sure that it was something beautiful, frivolous and in questionable taste, you’d get a particular giggle every time you looked its way. *g*

    • Kate4queen

      HA HA HA!

    • Lucía Gavello

      That sounds like it was the product of a Random Book Description Generator.

      • decormaven

        Oprah needs to line up behind Madonna on copyright issues. “Be Your Best Self”?

    • demidaemon

      BARF. And, also, ghostwriters rarely get credit, though they usually do get paychecks.

      • Sarah

        Shoot, I wouldn’t want MY name on that biz. No credit necessary, thank you!

    • SophieB210

      I hope one of her insider tips on beauty and fashion includes how to select the white pumps that best show off your foot tattoos.

      • smayper

        I HATE foot tattoos.

    • AnnaleighBelle

      Somehow I keep reading that as “Lea Michele talks about how hard it’s been to lodge herself so firmly up her own a** and the struggle it’s been to stay there.”

    • BrooklynBomber

      They forgot, “a great humanitarian.”

      • Ah, I see you’re a fan of the movie “All That Jazz”. One of my favorites, too.

        • BrooklynBomber

          Oh, actually, a lifetime’s worth of celebrity roasts, tributes, etc. It seems like always say that. “A great humanitarian and a good personal friend of mine.”

    • DuBey2

      or about saving money by wearing 1 pair of shoes constantly?

  • I really like the first outfit. And I’m betting that she forgot to pack her other shoes.

  • kimmeister

    Ha, I love that she now has “of course” shoes. She also sure loves her upper abs.

  • MilaXX

    She must love those shoes. She’s worn them with nearly every outfit in this poledance. As for these 2 looks; First one she should have worn the skirt that goes with the top. Second one she should have worn pants.

  • hughman

    “A Million Little Dresses” by Lea Michele

  • Claudia Berry

    Nope. Nothing to learn from this twit.

  • Mothra

    Is she missing pants in the second look? Also, seriously, I am tired of seeing tattoos on feet. I like the first look but not the shoes.

  • SophieCollier

    “Brunette Ambition?” That’s the title she chose?

    • Little_Olive

      Ugh, thank you. I needed someone to write that because my eyes had rolled too far back.

    • cocohall

      I doubt she chose it. I doubt she had much to do with any of the book other than lending her name and maybe a few anecdotes. In all fairness, she is hardly the first celebrity to jump on the book bandwagon – I’m sure her team got her a book deal and she figured it there are worse things you can do than endorse “attagirl” platitudes. JLo is on what, her 20th perfume? And she has her line for Kohls. SJP has perfumes and shoes. Every country star on the planet seems to have a cookbook.

      Don’t get me wrong. It is a silly title and most likely a silly book. And I hope to God my twins who love the show DO NOT ask me for a copy for their upcoming birthday.

      • SophieCollier

        I dunno. I would hope that a team of book writers/publishers would be a bit more adept at choosing clever titles. I guess they were forbidden to make any Glee-related references, so they went with “Um… well. She’s a brunette! Let’s go with that!”

  • I would also like to say, OF COURSE she had the neckline altered on the 2nd outfit.

  • Had to get those blonde highlights in riiiiiight before this book came out, didn’t you?

    • Glam Dixie

      Don’t you mean orange highlights? Worst dye job ever.

  • ceceliadid

    Outfit 1. Does not match. Have you no eyes? Mirror? Friends?
    Outfit 2. Needs a little LEA nametag. Not sure why, just does.

  • SugarSnap108

    She sure likes those shoes. Paired with sports bras.

  • Andrea Jane

    The title alone irks me to no end. Blond Ambition is a play on an actual saying – Brunette Ambition is just stupid. In my very humble opinion, of course.

  • Betsy

    Apparently, no one has ever said “Lea, this is a bad idea” to her ever. She is a perpetually juvenile, over-indulged, entitled former child with absolutely no self-awareness. The clothes in these photos don’t irk me nearly half as much as she does.

  • frannyprof

    I hate the title of her book almost as much as I hate the white pumps and exposed belly skin.

  • alyce1213

    Awful mashup, that first outfit. The skirt is interesting and might have been the start of a chic look, but the cropped athletic top is ridiculous with it.
    The romper is too short and should have been a dress.
    She seems to be in her coy, “Aren’t I Precious?” mode.

  • LeelaST

    A top and skirt that don’t go together. Another tacky bare midriff on her. The “R” word that no woman over the age of 6 should wear. And of course she’s not wearing pants on the cover of her book.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      The bare midriff and crop top are slowly ascending the ladder of most hated fashion trends in my book, inching their way toward No.1, the granny panty. I’m fine with crop tops at the beach, gym, but keep them there, please.

  • what not

    First, those are straight-up “make your feet look like boats” shoes, and I can’t believe she doesn’t know that already.

    Second, “Brunette Ambition” showcases the most blatant and annoying aspect of her public persona, and I can’t believe she doesn’t know that already.

    Just another aggravatingly obvious day with Lea Michele.

  • Lori

    I’m trying to think of something more likely to trigger my slap reflex at the end of a long week than Lea Michele in a romper signing copies of the book she “wrote”. There must be something, but right now I can’t bring it to mind.

    • demidaemon

      Justin Bieber?

      • Lori

        Oh yuck. Thanks for that. 🙂

        • demidaemon

          You’re welcome. 😉

  • Synnae

    Darn, just like there seemed to be some light at the end of the tunnel…

    First outfit, great skirt, horrible shoes and wtf what she thinking by putting on that top?
    Second outfit, great print, but too short and er.. a romper?

    On the bright side, her hair looks great.

  • marlie

    Those shoes need to die a fiery death, but overall, she looks pretty good. Not my favorite looks, but I’m still happy that she’s not flashing T & A.

  • GorgeousThings

    Yawn… {nodding off}… oh, I’m sorry – what were we talking about?

  • Reine Bron

    As the resident lea fan who has read lea’s book I’m here to clarify your questions lol
    1. The book is called brunette ambition because a journalist used that to describe her before and she liked it I guess
    2. lea likes to wear out her clothing pieces to get a good use out of them because she thinks it’s ridiculous to only wear something once so as you can see she’s wearing her white pumps again, the necklace from that green dress and she was also wearing her red leather jacket with the first look but took it off for photos.
    3. A second book is also coming soon!

    • higgledypiggledy

      Lea, we didn’t know you were here with us! Welcome!

      • Reine Bron

        ha that’s hilarious but no I’m not lea. would be cool if she was secretly posting here though !

    • demidaemon

      Okay, I’m at the can’t level now. Why the second book? Why?

      *These questions are rhetorical*

      • decormaven

        Because enough trees haven’t already died to print these important words.

        • demidaemon

          We really are of one mind right now.

  • “Ambition?” Is that what she’s calling it?

  • Garcia Loca

    She sure loves those awful shoes.

  • Reine Bron

    also I forgot to add this is what lea said about showing more skin, I wished she followed her rule in her red carpet appearances and not just in her casual wear
    “Ultimately, dressing a petite frame is about balance and finding one part of your body to reveal. I love my legs and think that they’re my best feature, so I love to show them off”

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Does she want to be the new Goop?

  • Laura Abrahamsen

    The last pic in the first outfit (before the romper) illustrates why her fashion choices make me uncomfortable–she looks pubescent. I know she’s an adult, but in the little belly tops, she looks 13. It recalls the Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver look that we deplored on Elle Fanning. I’m not sure it’s any better even if the subject is of age.

  • smh4748

    I hate myself a little bit for even being able to speculate on this, but in the romper outfit, is she wearing the “airport strip club” necklace she was wearing with the shiny green “outfit” of a week or two ago?

  • quiltrx

    Well, I love the fabric of that second…thing. And sorry sweets, a top and skirt from the same collection don’t necessarily go together. Like these, for instance.
    And I think those shoes are cute but I have a thing against solid white shoes. (For some reason I can only stand them if they’re woven, or something unusual.

  • Amel

    First look is super cute, wish the foundation and eyebrows weren’t quite so heavy though

  • andi56

    I’m fairly confident that I speak for many other professional writers on this site when I say that children have no business writing books until they’re at least 40, and have something to write about. And real writers do not wear rompers.

    • CPK1

      or sports bras to book signings

    • your face

      Aw, I think that’s a little unfair. Flannery O’Connor, Jane Austen, and Sylvia Plath were dead before 40. Don’t take their works away from me!

      • andi56

        I wasn’t talking about *real* writers; in that case, you’d have to add Scott Fitzgerald! But you can have Plath. ; )

    • ThaliaMenninger

      I sold my first book when I was 29. Sorry!

      • andi56

        I’m sure if you have something to say at 29 (and my first was at 26), that is different. But what I had to say when I was young was an unbaked cookie, compared to my later writing.

      • andi56

        And my point is, you may have something to say that resonated with people your own age, but its universality was most likely limited to that age group.

        • ThaliaMenninger

          I was writing romance novels, so, no, they were not intended for any particular age demographic. I got some of my best fan mail from the over-70 crowd. Limited by gender, yes, since romances are overwhelmingly read by females. But I’m sure neither the books I wrote before I was 40 nor the ones I wrote after were up to your lofty standards, anyway. I would, however, argue that “universality” does not really exist, no matter what the kind of literature. I learned that in grad school when an Afircan-American friend argued passionately against the idea that Shakespeare is “universal.” I do not believe there is anyone or any book which is universal, whether its author was over 40 or not. And I find numbers like that artificial, anyway. Even without the ones who were dead before they hit 40 (as noted below) a whole lot of wonderful writers — Shakespeare, Aphra Behn, Virginia Woolf, Dostoevsky, Tony Kushner, Faulkner, Steinbeck, just off the top of my head — created amazing work before they were 40. Honestly, the idea that work is limited to one’s own age demographic before one hits 40 but afterwards, one is magically transformed into a Writer for All Ages strikes me as somewhat bizarre. I don’t find John Updike’s work before he hit 40 (Rabbit Run) any more compelling than his over-40 material (Rabbit is Rich), for example.

          • andi56

            I’m talking about nonfiction, which Ms. Michele probably wrote; not fiction. Lots of books are universal, but what we’re talking about here is a book that Ms. Michele wrote, which is clearly nonfiction. I’m not talking about fiction written before one is forty, but about books that one feels compelled to write, sharing their flimsy understanding of the world, before they actually have *lived* their life. You know; it’s like, for example, a child actor writing a book.
            I don’t find Updike to be particularly compelling at any age.

    • kmk05

      I’d raise you Malala Yousafzai! Haven’t read her book yet, but am looking forward to it.

    • Cartographers

      What an incredibly ageist remark. Why the arbitrary age limit, when you could have easily just said that no one has any business writing a book unless they have something to write about — leaving out age entirely? And your caveat about nonfiction-vs.-fiction is pretty limp. “Universality” isn’t exclusive to one or the other. How ridiculous.

      More to the point, Lea Michele — of whom I am certainly not a fan — is hardly a child. CAN’T YOU SEE HER STERNUM? That ain’t a little-girl sternum (as she so desperately wants us to see).

  • RutGot

    The two pieces in the first outfit don’t go together. At all. And not every top has to be cropped. But I do like that skirt a lot.

  • Ali B

    Okay. Brunette Ambition is a play on “Blonde Ambition” which is a play on “BLIND AMBITION.”


    • In_Stitches

      Bland Ambition? Maybe that’s what we’ve already hit…

      • decormaven


  • Susan Velazquez

    Man she’s really getting her money’s worth out of those shoes, huh?

  • kassy

    If your book is Brunette Ambition shouldn’t you not have blonde highlights? But she annoys me so this could be my personal prejudice talking. I am brunette btw.

  • altalinda

    She “wrote” a book? Please.

  • Judih1

    She seems like a distant relative of Kim Kardashian. Shameless self promotion, horrible outfits, wanna be sex kitten (at least Leah can sing). Our society has hit a new low

  • crash1212

    Was she only allowed to pack one pair of shoes? Neither of these looks moves me.

  • Closet Crisis

    She’s the only occupant on my irrational hate list. I can’t with her.

  • MannahattaMamma

    All her sassy-but-demure eyelashes and head tipping make me kind of vomitious.

  • demidaemon

    Obviously, she gets hives if she doesn’t at least show some skin. And that must be the ugliest romper that ever romped.

    What the heck is her book about?

  • CPK1

    I like the skirt in the first look but that sports bra top looks stupid and doesn’t go. And as for the second blue animal print romper with white heels? I question her taste level

  • Joanna

    Is that the only pair of shoes she has?

  • MoHub

    These are beyond “of course.”

  • Melissa Mendes

    It makes me so mad when stars have the LAMEST tattoos. I mean, you have so much money. Why are you going to the shittiest boardwalk walk in tattoo parlors and picking generic butterflies off of the bulletin board when you would afford the best artists? ARGH! I guess maybe she got it before she was famous. But still. Get that shit covered up. It doesn’t look cool.

    • ktr33

      Pathetic as this is to admit, I read somewhere that her “big Italian family” loves getting tattoos together, so maybe she got a bunch of crappy ones before she got all rich and stuff. In any case, those feet tattoos just look like varicose veins and dirt.

    • MarieLD

      I think that line of butterflies is covering something else. Still lame. Yet, I wonder what it said.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I find her sad. I don’t know why, but there is always this incredible cloud of unhappiness around her, and it’s reflected in that 70s waterbed cover of a romper and the gray sports bra paired with a skirt that is sneering in its general direction. Not even gonna talk about the Doris Day shoes.

  • Hoffa_w_HerHead

    Oh that hair. I. Cannot.

  • NinjaCate

    She really loves those shoes boy…

  • icm

    Why would anybody take a piece from two different outfits and put them together when they clearly do not go together. And correct me if I am wrong but often we see in the runway model pics shoes that appear to complement the clothing ,why do so many celebs wear different shoes?.

  • CMSmith1848

    I thought this was a heading from The Onion at first.

  • Laylalola

    When Glee ends, she is so over. It’s like she’s super-desperate now, and she’ll never be higher than she’s been this past year.

  • malarson2

    Amazingly smart BKs, riddle me this: was Lea Michelle generally like this in clothing disasters, overdone pose-ability, and general dislikeness before her fiancé died? I don’t know enough about her to have some sort of perspective and/or opinion history to know. Because – and I made this same comment about her several weeks ago – she seems like she’s in real trouble right now. Mania or drugs or depression or something. I feel Mom-level worried about her just by looking at pictures of her over my short but irrationally happy time here at Tom and Lorenzo. She stands out from all the Young Hollywood Honeys (which I so hope will now become The YHHs) as very unstable. Enlighten me, oh wise ones.

    • ktr33

      Good question, and now I must run off and waste some time looking at red carpet looks of hers pre-Corey-death. I sort of paid her no attention outside of Glee, of which I was a big fan, UNTIL the Corey death, and then I started to feel sad for her and/or sad for her character. I don’t know which!

      • malarson2

        Maybe it’s the exaggerated version of herself that so many people – including myself when my super spunky/healthy 64-year-old Mom died suddenly of pneumonia a few years ago – show when they are really suffering. It hasnt even been a year. Is its crazy that she could be showing her suffering through her clothing? Of course in the amount of time I wrote that original comment (or this one, for that matter) I could have hit Google myself so thanks for the info 🙂

    • ktr33

      Ok, a few minutes with the googles and I’ve learned there were “top 9 sexiest pix of Lea Michele” listicles, 1 year after the premiere of Glee. So.

  • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

    Has someone superglued those shoes to her feets?

  • Not great. The romper is too big, swallowing her up even as it reveals her overexposed sternum. The skirt looks ratty in the first look, and I’m not at all sold on the crisp and sporty bandeau with the frayed skirt. If she had a pencil version of the skirt on the model, in the right proportions for her body, and a different, cute, non-matchy jacket it could have been a great look.

    Will someone burn those geriatric Daisy Duck shoes?

  • Irene Palma

    Those shoes are not as cute as she thinks they are.

  • ktr33

    Gosh, if that top (I really like the color and the white banding) had been a little bit cropped, rather than bra-length, and she’d done a basic pencil skirt, AND CHANGED THOSE DAMN SHOES, this would’ve been at attagirl for me. BUT too many ifs and shouldas. Le sigh for Le Lea.

  • Imasewsure

    Love love the skirt/sweater combo on the model… and then there is Lea…. too bad…. she had a couple of fashion hits a while back… there was hope… and….

  • random_poster

    I like the skirt in the first look. It needs a different top and strappy sandals. The second look is meh. I don’t care for the shoes at all. She looks more relaxed at the NY event, and like she’s over it by the time she got to LA.

  • Katie

    I’m a bit confused. I’ve seen other pages on this site where TLo made clear that the purpose of their commentary is to opine on style, not the person inside the outfit, and that the comments section should focus on style rather than personal attacks. Is there some exception for Lea Michele that I don’t know about that makes it okay for commenters to talk about wanting to hit her with a stick?

  • Andrea Lentz

    I don’t understand the utter hate for her. I think these books make more sense for celebrities to write than the “novels” Lauren Conrad writes and didn’t those end up on the New York Times best sellers list? She has never come across to me as unintelligent, what proof do we have she is not capable of authoring a book that has life style tips in it?

  • Akemi

    What the hell why is she writing a book? She’s been famous for like 17 minutes. She also just seems…not that interesting in general.