An Open Letter to Lea Michele
What’s up, girlfriend? First let me say a few things before I get into the heart of this letter.
- You are incredibly talented.
- 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.
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?
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.