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

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.

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!

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.


Why Lea Michele Says Hot Yoga Will Always Be Her Favorite Way to Work Out

Lea Michele is no stranger to hiding her passion for working out … more specifically, tapping it back at SoulCycle. The singer, actress, and devoted indoor cyclist never completes a Soul session without a sweaty selfie. So when we chatted with her during the Shape Magazine Body Shop event, we were surprised to learn that if she could choose one workout for the rest of her life, it wouldn’t be SoulCycle.

Instead the singer explained that her go-to workout of choice would be CorePower Yoga. “I love SoulCycle, I really do, but hot yoga is something I’ve been doing since I lived in NYC. Johnathan Groff and I used to do Bikram yoga before, after, and in between shows. There’s just something about yoga that is so great for mind, body, and soul and I just think it’s so fulfilling. I love the heat and sweat you experience when you’re in the room.”

In addition to the mental benefits of hot yoga, Lea shared that she enjoys the physical benefits, too. “There’s no workout that makes my skin look better, helps me detox better, and lose weight quicker. There are just so many perks from that particular practice so if I had to pick one for the rest of my life, hot yoga would definitely be it.”

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“Okay, everyone HATES dogs in our games, but we can’t just not put any dogs in the DLC.”
“But everyone loves Sif, right? Just turn the dogs into wolves, it’ll be fine. And while you’re at it, put some giant ones in there, too.”