🌈 For Sale 🌈 I
won this “Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return” doll earlier this year at a
doll show raffle. She was cute as is, but I wanted to see if I could
adjust a few things to make her pop more. Aside from a face up, her face
was reshaped slightly as I felt her original chin was too pointy. I cut
off about 6 inches of hair and restyled it. Her boots had to be red.
And glittery. Had to. Also made her some bloomers, added buttons to her
dress, and bows to her hair. She has decent articulation at the
shoulders but her hip/legs are a different story (splayed sitting). You
can see what she originally looked like in that package photo. She is for sale if you’re interested!
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V MAGAZINE, The Music Issue: Spring 2014: Lea the Brave
V MAGAZINE, The Music Issue: Spring 2014
Lea the Brave
After suffering a very public tragedy, Lea Michele has spent the better part of a year channeling her energies into her career. This spring, watch as the multitalented spitfire from New Jersey ascends like a cannonball into the pop stratosphere with a debut album, a new book, a feature film, and the bittersweet Glee finale
The first thing I notice about Lea Michele is that she has perfect eyebrows. They are strong, angular, and likely shaped for the day, since we’re meeting on the set of her music video shoot for the first single “Cannonball,” off her debut album, Louder. The tea-cup petite singer is taking a lunch break, a delectable-looking mélange of cubed tofu and tangled kale with a smattering of quinoa set before her. Glee’s leading glamour gal tells me she’s a vegetarian most of the time (“I eat fish occasionally”). Her bright eyes and spring skin attest to it—or maybe she just has dynamite genes.
The 27-year-old was born in the Bronx to a Turkish father, who was famous for bringing heros from his deli to the Spring Awakening set for cast mates when she was on Broadway, and an Italian-American mother. Complementing her Mediterranean good looks today are blunt, shiny bangs, and she is wearing a short, white cotton slip with Uggs, uncomely yet comfortable footwear, perfect for someone in need of an on-set shoe. Lea is kicking them off beneath the coffee table with nonchalance. Not that the star hasn’t earned the right to put her pedicured feet up for a minute.
Michele has been going full throttle for the release of Louder, slated for March fourth (as in, “march forth,” she says). It’s an 11-song distillation of a woman who took the time to find her voice. “I started working with Anne Preven, Felicia Barton, and Bonnie McKee right out of the gate, and we came up with some great, awesome pop songs,” she says. “But closer to the beginning of this year—four or five months into the making of the album—the label was like, “This is great, but we need more of you in here. You sound like you’re singing awesome songs that are similar to Katy or Kelly. We need more Lea Michele.”
So back to the studio she went, this time with a lot more on her mind. “My album was completed in June. We had 12 songs. And then my boyfriend passed away, in July. [The singer’s Glee costar and long-term boyfriend, Cory Monteith, died from a drug overdose, a passing for which nobody was prepared, least of all Lea Michele.] So I met with Sia [Furler], because she’s a friend and because we were thinking, Do we want to add anything to the record now? And we wrote ‘If You Say So,’ on the same day she played me ‘Cannonball.’”
“If You Say So” is a cathartic tribute to her lost love. “It’s the only song that no one’s heard,” says Michele. “I can’t talk about it until people hear it. I just feel like people should hear it and I don’t know if I’m ever going to talk about it. It’s just one of those things where I understand what it means and you can take it or leave it. That song is for me.”
Alternatively, Furler’s song, “Cannonball,” is an earwormy number that Michele can’t get enough of, and neither can anyone else, apparently. “That’s what everyone tells me,” says Michele with a laugh. “Everybody’s like, Fuck you, I can’t stop singing it! My friends call me just singing ‘Cannonball! Cannonball!’ What’s crazy is that I can’t stop listening to it either. Since the minute Sia played me this song it’s been my personal anthem. It’s helped me so much. I still listen to it. If I’m having a down moment, I will play this song.”
While the lyrics are telling (“I let go of fear and the peace came quicky / Freedom / I was in the dark and then it hit me / I chose suffering and pain in the falling rain / I know, I gotta get out into the world again”), there’s a positive triumph-over-anguish message to the discerned amid the fist-pumping beats. And, with this tune in particular, Michele knows exactly to whom she is singing: girls and gays. “Ive managed to have a wide range of fans,” she says, “but if ‘Cannonball’ isn’t playing at the Abbey in West Hollywood, I will go there and I will play it. Those are my people.”
Which just goes to show that while she may project a Goody Two-shoes persona, she’s also not afraid to dole out a bit of sass, as further evidenced by the photos seen here. “My friends call me Grandma, but, like, Grandma’s killing it right now,” she says. “I’m pretty sure Grandma nailed it in a half-naked Terry Richardson shoot, okay? So I’m fine with it. I just do my thing. I do what’s best for me. That’s it.”
In fact the whole album, with its retro, Euro, powerhouse sound and big themes—heartbreak, loving the wrong dude, getting over personal hardship—all cut in broad strokes, is finally 100 percent hers. It’s poppy and ostentatious (“’Burn With You’ has this beat where I’m like, Wow, I’m not that cool, but I’m doing it,” she says), and it’s designed to flaunt Michele’s cavernous, muscular, pitch-perfect range. Case in point: listening to “You’re Mine,” when you have the volume knob twirled high, is like hurling yourself against a sound wall—in a tremendously good way. “That’s my favorite song on the entire record,” she says. “We recorded it a year ago, and when I played it for Cory, he asked when I wrote it, and I told him I didn’t but it described us perfectly. It was our song, and I love it more than anything.”
These days Michele only partakes in activities that make her feel good, for her own reasons. “I don’t like things that other people like,” she says. “I don’t like clubs or crazy, loud music. I don’t drink a lot, and maybe that makes me boring, but I’d rather be in bed watching Homeland with my cat, Sheila, eating a sandwich,” which helps to explain why, in May, she’s voicing the ultimate good girl, Dorothy, in Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, and also has a Goop-ish how-to memoir, called Brunette Ambition, coming out. “I wanted to show young girls that you don’t need to fit in with everyone and do what all the cool kids are doing,” she says. “My drive and focus have gotten me to where I am.”
And where she is, despite the curveballs, is a good place. Credit her healthy habits and the people with whom she surrounds herself…for example, Stevie Nicks. “There were people who were like, I am not fucking leaving your side, and that, for me, was Stevie,” she says. They met on the set of Glee during an homage episode and kept in touch. “She’s like a fairy. She’s given me so many gifts along the way, and when I say gifts, I mean tools and advice and support. She told me from the beginning that music is going to be your therapy, and at the time I was like, What the fuck are you talking about, Stevie Nicks? I don’t want to listen to music. I can’t do anything. But once you get out a little bit of the tunnel, when you slowly start to feel like you can be yourself a little bit, it does help. It’s so cool I have her number.”