Lea Michele Opens Up; Glee, Beauty (post), Fashion

Lea Michele is opening up to the world. The Glee actress is releasing her first book, Brunette Ambition, on May 13 and she shares everything from how to deal with acne to embarrassing moments on the set of Glee.

On the book's cover, the 27-year-old stuns in just a white sweater and tall black socks. Equal parts memoir, how-to, and style guide, the tome is "the story of how I got to where I am today," Michele says in a press release, “As incredible and unexpected as that journey has been. My hope is that you take something from it that will inspire and motivate you, and also make you realize that anything you want to accomplish in your life is completely possible."

In the book, the singer shares her "foolproof system for remaining healthy and centered … to beauty and fashion secrets," as well as never before seen pics.

“There wasn't a guidebook when I was growing up, that detailed everything I would need to do, and know, to get where I am today,” said Michele. “But I believe I can write one of sorts: not a how-to-make-it-in-show-business book, but a guide to harnessing tenacity, passion, enthusiasm, and hard work to make your dreams come true.”


Lea Michele has had a whirlwind year filled with major ups and downs, and in her new book Brunette Ambition, the Glee star is opening up and sharing intimate life stories and motivational advice.

The 27-year-old beauty covers everything from her fashion tips, skincare rituals, fitness routine and favorite recipes.

Here are some standout tidbits from the lifestyle guide, which hits stands May 13:

Her most important fashion pieces have serious sentimental value.

"My grandfather bought me a necklace before he passed away that I'll always cherish. It's a small diamond necklace, and I love it so much.

She also treasures a sweet reminder of late boyfriend Cory Monteith. "I'll always keep Rachel's "Finn" necklace from Glee."

Sometimes designer dresses aren't good for your health.

As a young girl, the star recalls "playing red carpet arrivals at the Oscars" and pretending to dress up in glamorous gowns. Now, she gets to wear them all the time for her job, but it's definitely not fun when your dress makes you sick.

"I wore a Marchesa dress to the 2011 People's Choice Awards that was absolutely stunning: It was covered with this beautiful white flapper-style beading. I took my cousin as my date that night and won an award—I felt a little ill but chalked it up to nerves from the night. After, we all went to a big dinner, where I ultimately had to excuse myself because I just didn't feel good. I headed back to my house with my cousin, changed out of my dress and instantly felt better—it was only at that moment that my cousin picked up the dress and exclaimed how heavy it was. We weighed it, and it came out to twenty pounds! I was literally being pulled to the ground by my dress all night!"

After that experience, Lea makes comfort a top priority for any big event. "You have to be able to breathe, and you have to trust that your dress isn't going to fall down or split up the back."

One of her favorite red carpet moments happened with Cory.

"I wore a Pucci dress to the Chrysalis Butterfly Ball in 2012, and I went with Cory. I remember being so excited for him to see me in that dress because I thought it was gorgeous, with a low back and an awesome print."


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