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Lea Michele for Elle US December 2013


Lea Michele strikes a pose on the Elle US December 2013 cover wearing a Ralph Lauren jacket, Frame Denim jeans and a selection of vintage Chanel belts.

She was living her dream as Glee’s resident drama queen, dating the quarterback on-screen and off. Then, Cory Monteith’s tragic death shattered her world.

The Glee star opens up to Elle about love, mourning through music, and finding strength in Cory’s legacy.

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.”

Read the full interview the December issue on newsstands November 19.

Credit: Elle US

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14 Responses to Lea Michele for Elle US December 2013

  1. Kathy November 9, 2013 at 16:16 #

    It seems rather irreverent, doing this “sexy”, look-at-me cover shoot while talking about mourning the loss of her boyfriend in the interview. Either way, this does not look like a December cover and the heavy eye makeup is doing Lea no favors.

  2. KatieKate November 7, 2013 at 04:25 #

    I agree–too much eye makeup. But I like the outfit.

  3. Kateryna November 5, 2013 at 07:56 #

    Bad make up and the clothes colour does not suit her

  4. amy November 4, 2013 at 20:06 #

    worst cover ever! the makeup is terrible, this is raccoon eyes territory. And the clothes are basic, not in a good way

  5. EmmaWoodhouse November 4, 2013 at 19:53 #

    Inspiring interview but I find the cover rather despearate and tacky.

  6. towanda November 4, 2013 at 18:05 #

    is this necessary? when she talks about corry i never think that type of cover. heavy makeup and sexy look. Just fresh face cover would be enough

    • Christine November 4, 2013 at 19:21 #


  7. Rebecca Z November 4, 2013 at 18:01 #

    It’s okay, but not great. Eye makeup is too heavy and she is so thin–looks like they have also photo-shopped her nose!

    • KatieKate November 7, 2013 at 04:23 #

      I think she has lost quite a bit of weight, unfortunately.

  8. Jo November 4, 2013 at 17:45 #

    I think they should tone down the heavy make but otherwise she looks great. The rest of the spreads are SO much better than the cover photo

  9. dee November 4, 2013 at 17:11 #

    I don’t like the heavy eye makeup on her.

    • Dani November 4, 2013 at 22:09 #

      Ugh, I know. It’s awful!

  10. kane November 4, 2013 at 17:00 #

    Hmmmmm, what’s going on around the eyes? Can’t say I’m enamoured with the rest either.

    • Iva November 4, 2013 at 18:56 #


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