If we had to choose one way to describe Lea Michele (besides "funny," "gorgeous," and "extremely talented"), we would pick "inspirational." Not only does she play one of the most musically dynamic characters on television, she also has an incredible outlook on life and a repeat-worthy album to boot.
But off the stage and outside the studio, the star is (somehow) even more admirable, supporting charities for everything from LGBTQ youth to homelessness, and serving as an ambassador for L'Oréal's Women of Worth, which is all about celebrating those who make a difference in their communities through philanthropy. "I feel so blessed to have such a cool job and a great life and family," she says, "but at the end of the day, giving back is truly what makes it all worth it." Um, role model much?
So obviously Lea inspires us, which got us thinking: Who (and what, and where) inspires her? We asked her to share her biggest influences—and now they can be yours, too.
"Kelly Clarkson's 'Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You Makes You)' is one of my favorite songs about strength and power. It was written by Ali Temposi who also wrote 'On My Way' for my record Louder."
"'Firework' by Katy Perry gives me strength and makes me smile."
Favorite Female Performers
From one Teen Vogue cover girl to another, "Lorde is amazing. She writes all her own songs and they're like poetry."
"Sia is an incredible singer but also a fierce song writer. Her songs are so powerful, raw, and truthful."
"I love Alanis Morisette. She's so amazing! All of her songs are lyrically so beautiful and vocally she's so strong."
If you've ever seen an episode of Glee, this answer may not come as a surprise to you: "My favorite movie is Funny Girl. I love Barbra Streisand and her character Fanny Brice is so inspiring. She's a woman trying to balance fame and love and she always leads with her heart which I admire. But she's so strong and true to herself."
"Anywhere in New York City brings me inspiration. Just walking down the street while listening to music makes me feel strong and confident."
"My family and friends are such great inspiration for me all the time. I think it's so important to surround yourself with positive strong people who motivate you and make you a better you."
And some last advice on confidence and self-worth: "Being your true self is the best, most empowering thing you can do. Finding joy and peace within is the greatest thing and makes you feel invincible and unstoppable."
what is your advice on confidence and self-worth, ontd?