Lea Michele is NOT Here for the “Unfair” Criticism of Women’s Sexuality

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Lea Michele is the QUEEN of body confidence. Although the 30-year-old Scream Queens actress fell victim to accidental nip slips on a few occasions, she shows no signs of embarrassment or low self-esteem. And why should she? She’s a strong, talented and beautiful woman, who’s tackled the world of television, movies, music AND Broadway — that’s the dream!

So, it’s no surprise that the brunette babe is the cover girl for the latest issue of Shape magazine:

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Don Flood/SHAPE


To celebrate her November cover, Lea took the time to meet fans at the Shape Body Shop in NYC, host a Facebook Live session and… chat with Teen.com! Here’s one tidbit:

And that’s not all we talked about. Since we pretty much think of her as the most confident person in existence, we asked if there was ever a time when she didn’t have such high self-esteem. And, TBH, the answer is… rarely. “Moving from New York to Los Angeles, there’s definitely that transition, being on television and the world can, you know, see your face every week,” she explained. “But I’m really- I’m grateful that my parents instilled a great sense of confidence in me growing up. So whenever those moments of doubt do come in, they’re fast and fleeting and I quickly remember who I am and where I come from and what matters the most.”

She continued, “When I say things like I have good confidence, I think that people always try to rewrite the story and find a time where I wasn’t and make it some, you know, larger story. And the truth is, is that there’s not. It’s the same thing like when I was on Glee — everyone was like, ‘Were you bullied in high school?’ I was like, ‘I had a great high school experience,’ you know? This has really been a part of me my whole life and that’s why I feel great to be in a position to say, you know, there are days that, maybe, you don’t feel the best, but for the most part, I feel like I’ve had this instilled in me, which is why I feel comfortable talking about it, and there’s really no sort of, like, sob story behind where I’m at in my place right now.”

Another topic we simply had to talk about was body-shaming. After all, Lea has been showing off a lot more skin lately — like for her sexy Women’s Health cover shoot — and you know how certain (sexist) people feel about that. But, thankfully, she surrounds herself with decent human beings. “I find that I find more people that are like, ‘Take it off,’ than I find that they are shaming them. *laughs*”

However, that doesn’t mean she doesn’t see what’s going on, particularly in the media. “I do think that women face a lot more criticism than men do,” she proclaimed. “And that’s unfair. But, unfortunately, we can’t change what people are gonna say. The only thing that we can do is learn how to block out how it affects us negatively.”

Wise words, Lea. Wise words.
Did you know that Lea was told she wasn’t ~pretty~ enough for fame? All of these stars were!