Behind Lea Michele's Revealing ELLE Shoot
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During the shoot, the Glee star rocked out to Justin Timberlake, Gaga, and Jay Z. “Lea sang along the whole time, and chatted about her upcoming album," said videographer Marcel Wepper. "When it comes to her career, Lea’s in the driver’s seat.”
ON ELLE: Lea Michele's Style Evolution
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“I was inspired by early photos of Cindy Crawford and Kate Moss at the racetrack," said ELLE Creative Director Joe Zee.
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For more from Lea Michele's shoot and to read her candid interview about life after Cory, check out the December issue of ELLE, on newsstands Nov. 19. In the meantime, take a look back at how the star's look has evolved over the years.
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At an event in Los Angeles, Michele kept it modern in a tailored jumpsuit by Calvin Klein and a sleek ponytail.
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The actress chose Calvin Klein again for ELLE's annual Women in Hollywood event, but this time in the form of a flirtatious cutout frock.
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The star accepted a Teen Choice Award on behalf of Glee in honor of her boyfriend Cory Monteith in a sweet Oscar de la Renta dress.
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Michele's lacy Valentino gown, which she wore to this year's Chrysalis Butterfly Ball, didn't require much accessorizing thanks to its elegant silhouette.
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At a Fox party in Los Angeles, the actress enhanced the sultry vibe of her Roberto Cavalli slip dress,with upswept hair and deep berry lips.
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At the reopening for The Beverly Hilton Hotel pool, the singer matched her Alon Livne rose pink top and maxi skirt with bronze makeup.
Take the Plunge11 of 22
At the Paleyfest Icon Awards, the actress hit on the lingerie-inspired trend in an alluring Vivienne Tam gown, lace bustier and smoky eyes.
Think Pink12 of 22
At this year's SAG Awards, Michele—sporting a new ombre hairstyle—opted for a bold and ultra-feminine Valentino gown with a ruffled hem.
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The actress's striking Elie Saab gown at the Golden Globe Awards was the perfect play on proportions, balancing a high neckline with a thigh-high slit.
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She didn't shy away from color in a playful Elie Saab cocktail dress and braided hairdo at the People's Choice Awards earlier this year.
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The actress brightened up a press tour in a canary yellow Lisa Ho jacket-and-skirt set paired with a Bec & Bridge bodysuit.
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At an event in West Hollywood, Michele complemented her golden tan in a flesh-tone Valentino wrap gown.
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The Glee star's beachy waves and breezy Giorgio Armani dress at last year's Do Something Awards smacked of sexy summer style.
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If Michele was aiming for old Hollywood glamour at the Los Angeles premiere of New Year's Eve, she nailed it with her retro waves and shimmering Valentino gown.
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In a strapless Versus mini, the star proved that sometimes unfussy works best at a Christian Louboutin book launch party.
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The actress was a step ahead of everyone else when it came to the cobalt trend. At Alexander Wang's spring fashion show, she teamed the designer's draped dress with blue peep-toe pumps.
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As a fresh-faced newcomer, Michele chose a pretty eyelet dress and strappy sandals for a Glee screening in Los Angeles.
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At the opening night of Spring Awakening back in 2006, the actress first showed her affinity for feminine, figure-flattering silhouettes in a clingy slip dress.