A far cry from her usual geek-chic style on the television sensation Glee, the Lea Michele September 2011 Harper's Bazaar editorial shows off another side of the singing starlet. Michele skyrocketed to instant fame following Glee's phenomenal success as the spokesperson for unconventional beauty, garnering her teen idol status. After being featured in some racier spreads, such as last year's GQ editorial, sex icon status became the name of the game for Michele.
Striking the perfect balance between sexy and gorgeous glam, Michele shows off her incredible diversity in the shoot, solidifying her place as this year's fashion icon and making her Hollywood's biggest triple threat. When it comes to her look, Michele has all of the confidence to back up the title, telling the mag: “I’m five foot three. I don’t look like a lot of other people. How many managers told me, ‘Get a nose job. You’re not pretty enough’? But I proved them wrong.” That you did, Lea, that you did!
Implications - The lives of stars of mass-consumed pop culture phenomenons, such as Twilight, Harry Potter and Glee, change drastically following their incredible success. In addition to praise for their talent, these stars become icons in the eyes of consumers who look to them as role models in many domains. Publications looking to boost sales and generate public buzz feature these stars in the peak of their fame capitalizing on the widely held fascination with the personal and professional lives of these celebrities.