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An Open Letter to Lea Michele

Hey Lea-

What’s up, girlfriend? First let me say a few things before I get into the heart of this letter.

  1. You are incredibly talented.
  2. You are really beautiful. Love your smile.

Unfortunately, I am not here to discuss those things.

What’s been going on lately, Lea? I’ve seen some interviews and photo spreads that have me worried about your judgment…and I’m not just talking about the November 2010 GQ Magazine fiasco, though that is a BIG problem.


Photo from GQ Magazine

I refuse to include the other photos of you in this spread because I find them so inappropriate. Lea, what were you thinking? More importantly, what was your publicist thinking?! As a Glee fan, a fellow 20-something gal, and a new pro in the PR industry, I have to wonder why this was considered good for your young career. First of all, why are you the only one not wearing pants? Second of all, are you trying to become a Victoria’s Secret Angel? Why are you trying so hard to be sexy?

A bigger, more important issue is the context of the photo shoot. It’s not like you were photographed as Lea, the 24 year old actress. You were told to act as a heightened version of your character Rachel on Glee. Not a skanky version. I realize that you, Dianna and Cory are all adults here but the fact of the matter is that you were told to act as your characters, who are 16 year old high schoolers. Don’t you think that sitting spread eagle on a bench wearing a small t-shirt and panties in a high school setting while pretending to be a 16 year old is a little much? That sounds like something Taylor Momsen would do…and that’s not a compliment.

I think my biggest problem with you posing like this, Lea, is how hypocritical it is. You even said in the GQ interview,

“That’s why I’m proud,” she says, “to be on a positive show and to be a voice for girls and say, ‘You don’t need to look like everybody else. Love who you are.’”

That’s what you said, yet you were photographed in ways that our society subliminally dictates that actresses in Hollywood pose in order to be noticed, or more importantly, be accepted? Sounds a little conflicting to me…

Also, what’s with your photos from the November issue of Marie Claire, and the next one from October’s Glamour?


Photo from Marie Claire


Photo from Glamour

Do you just have an aversion to clothes? You are a cute girl! You don’t have to pose topless, or sans pants, in every photo or magazine cover.

It seems like you have a problem with consistency when it comes to your image and reputation. Because you are being considered to play Fanny Brice in the first revival of Funny Girl since the great Barbra Streisand originated the role in 1964, I’d sure watch that I do and say from here on out. You said that you didn’t get a nose job because Barbra Streisand didn’t get one. Maybe you should think W.W.B.D (What Would Barbra Do…I mean, who doesn’t do that?) the next time you decide to be photographed by Terry Richardson? Maybe you should consider how you lost a ton of weight over the summer before telling Glamour that you love to eat? If you ask me, these PR stunts seem like the actions of someone who is looking for insta-fame, not someone who wants to have a long and successful career.

(And I’m sorry, but your already tarnished reputation of being a diva definitely doesn’t help you any. These recent interviews and photographs don’t help that reputation, either.)

Just be consistent with your actions because, whether you like it or not, everyone is watching what you do. Thank you.

Sincerely,

-Christa

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  • http://sashahalima.com/blog/ Sasha H. Muradali

    … you read my mind.

    • Christa Marzan

      Thanks, Sasha. I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks this! I think Lea needs some serious guidance before she really messes up her career.

      • http://sashahalima.com/blog/ Sasha H. Muradali

        I just find it interesting that Dianna had the LESS racy photos and was the
        one who issued a statement.

        Lea is an extremely talented young woman, but I think her head isn’t where
        its supposed to be based on her interviews, public mishaps and her photo
        shoots as well.

        She’s like Idina, she’s talented and pretty — she doesn’t need to have an
        attitude or take her clothes off to make people like her or feel accepted.

        Then again, she may idolize Britney Spears for all I know.

        • Christa Marzan

          I also thought it was interesting that Dianna was the one to apologize. I definitely wasn’t as offended by Dianna’s pictures!

          I think all of this instant fame is going to Lea’s head and she’s not thinking clearly or thinking about how this will impact her future. She is being compared to Idina, Barbra, all of these great women in the theatre/entertainment industry- why does she have to act like Miley Cyrus or Taylor Momsen? I never warmed up to Lea Michele to begin with (though I have no problem admitting how talented and pretty she is) but after these recent press stunts, I don’t think I ever will.

          • http://sashahalima.com/blog/ Sasha H. Muradali

            Yea, I remember we talked about that — I had liked her at the beginning.
            Not so much anymore.

            It’s why I don’t warm up to Blake Lively — sure they are good in their
            little boxes of what they do and are both beautiful in their own rights –
            HOWEVER, they are my age, if not younger than 25, and haven’t achieved a
            smidgen of what Jackie O., even Britney, Barbara or Idina for that matter,
            have achieved.

            Therefore, the have to earn their way there. Being compared is fine — but
            they aren’t those people.

            You know?

            It’s like saying Jessica Simpson at one point was the next Mariah — well,
            guess what? Look at how that worked out? It’s pretty safe to say that the
            person en route to being the next Mariah is Leona Lewis…and even so, with
            minimal United States success that’s pushing it.

  • http://twitter.com/AllieMcKenna Allison McKenna

    I LOVE this. I would also love if you could add a P.S. put in a good word with Cory for me. K, thx!

    I agree with Sasha, you read my mind too.

    • Christa Marzan

      I didn’t even think about that! Cory, if you’re reading this, hi ;) Haha.Thanks for reading and commenting. I’m glad you feel the same way! I thought it was only me, honestly. Maybe we should be her publicists instead…

  • http://laurascholz.com Laura Scholz

    Preach it, sister! The diva attitude, the photos, the odd PR choices and the inconsistent messages drive me crazy. I have much more respect for Dianna, who is the lesser talent but the better (and classier) person. Maybe Lea needs us to manage her PR! :)

    • Christa Marzan

      Laura, I think you’re right! Especially a seasoned pro like yourself ;)

      I agree with you about Dianna. However, I think her talent is vastly improving since last season. Did you watch the Rocky Horror episode tonight? I thought Dianna’s singing was fantastic! Lea, on the other hand, is showing no growth as an actress on top of her odd PR choices if you ask me. Dianna is also doing work outside of Glee, which means that she will likely have more success post-Glee. Lea should be thinking of the same thing…

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

    • Suzanne Chaplin

      except Lea owed her decision while Dianna was a milly mouse who apologized when she did nothing wrong.

  • Shayla

    Leave her alone!
    She is a celebrity. Do you know how much pressure celebrities have on their shoulder? It is NOT easy being a celebrity. It’s not all her decission. What if they said to her ‘Do this magazine cover or your kicked off of Glee.’ That probably wouldn’t happen, but she would think of her fans first, and do the magazine. It is her life, and she can do whatever she wants with it. I know that you can have a freedom of speech, but this is just ridiculous. And like you mentioned, it could be her personal assistant who is making her do that! She is gorgeous, the human body is a wonderful thing, the human body is beautiful, and she’s got some curves. So if she wants to show them off, let her! She loves her fans, her life, her career, and her boyfriend, and she is loyal to every one of those things. Especially herself. She is an outstanding person, and I look up to her. She is amazing, and she has human rights, so leave her alone!
    Love you Lea :) xoxox

    • Christa Marzan

      Shayla-

      I am sorry that I offended you with this post. First, I’d like to point out that I never once said that Lea isn’t talented or beautiful; in fact, I started off the post by saying that and continued to say that through out the post.

      I understand that she is a celebrity and being a celebrity is difficult, but I think the GQ photo shoot is inexcusable (not only for Lea, but for Cory and Dianna as well). It attracted a lot of negative publicity for Glee, and unlike everyone says, any publicity is NOT good publicity. Terry Richardson is a known creep photographer in Hollywood and those photos prove it, especially since she was posing as her 16 year old character. Now if she was forced into doing the shoot even if she didn’t agree with the context and/or her role in Glee was threatened, I would hope that she would choose to be true to herself and not do the shoot and see what happens. That way, at least she’ll be sticking up for something she believes in and not selling out just for fame and money. It’s not like her career would be over, anyway. Like we both said, she is incredibly talented and I’m sure someone else would snatch her up immediately.

      This post was merely examining some choices Lea and her publicist made this year from a PR standpoint. Lea is a young actress with a great amount of potential and I don’t want her to ruin her career by making rash choices. I don’t think my post reads like it comes from a negative or offensive place and I don’t think there is anything wrong with what I said. I just think there is a discrepancy between what she says in interviews and how she acts and would hate to see her career tainted by that.

      Thanks for reading and for your comment.

      -Christa

  • http://curiositykilledtheblogger.tumblr.com Jome

    Hey hon, it’s honestly none of your business. Whatever she does is her business, who are you to preach to her about it? She is a beautiful empowered women and you ought to treat her with the respect she has earned.

    • Christa Marzan

      Hi Jome-

      I’m sorry if I offended you, but I do not think this post sounded ridiculously disrespectful. I’d like to point out that I started off the post by acknowledging how talented and beautiful Lea is. There are too many starlets who are irresponsible and wild (see Lindsay Lohan) and I don’t want Lea to turn into one of them. This is merely an opinion that I expressed regarding some choices that she’s made in her young career.

      Thank you for reading and commenting.

      -Christa

  • Suzanne Chaplin

    How the hell for you know what direction they were given for GQ? Second as a woman she can decide to pose how she wants. Babs has poised in her underwear too. Plus she didn’t lose a ton of weight cause she never had a ton of weight to lose. If you did some actually research you would see her dressed as Brittany for glee the next week and she eve has a bit of a tummy in that episode. Stop making stuff up and stop being so judgmental one thing about being a woman is you can decide for yourself. She doesn’t owe you a thing.