Lea Michele Posed For Terry Richardson, But Tell Me Again How She’s Still In Mourning

Lea Michele posing for Terry Richardson February 2014I’m already anticipating the flood of angry comments I’m gonna get for saying this, but Lea Michele really needs to decide on a PR strategy for her upcoming album. She could go with the strong, sexy, independent woman angle or she could go with the ‘I miss Cory Monteith‘ angle, but switching back and forth in between them the way she’s been doing lately is giving me a serious case of whiplash.

It was only two weeks ago that she finally released the track ‘You’re Mine’ that she’s been reminding us is a tribute to Cory ever since his tragic death eight months ago. But in between heads up that it was his favorite song on the album, and that she listens to it whenever she wants to remember him, and that we should really buy it if we want to respect his memory and prove our love, she keeps acting like nothing ever happened. She did a sexy album cover photoshoot so soon after Cory’s death that it made me buy into the fakelationship rumors, because it didn’t seem possible that someone’s life could be completely back to normal a mere four months after she lost the love of her life.

And now, still less than a year after the tragedy, she’s doing a shoot with Terry Richardson for the cover of V Magazine where she pulls her swimsuit-esque garment to the side to expose her bikini-line. She’s not showing anything inappropriate, strictly speaking, but his style is very…intentionally exploitative and overtly sexual in a jailbait-y way. It’s a very specific look, and although I don’t care for it, a lot of people do. But regardless, you can’t deny that it’s a very abrupt change to suddenly be selling herself with sex after so recently playing on peoples’ emotions to sell herself with nostalgia.


Bottom line, Lea’s goal is to sell albums, and I get that, but she needs to decide how to package herself, and sooner rather than later. You can be the strong woman refusing to be sidelined by the loss of her great love, or you can be the mourning ‘widow’ dedicated to carrying on his memory. Either is fine, but you can’t choose both. At least not without seeming self-serving.

(Photo: Terry Richardson via Twitter)

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    • Quinn

      One of my sorority sisters lost her boyfriend of six years not too long before Cory died, and she’s been the same way: one day she’s strong and she can get through it, and the next day, it’s the end of the world…and I think that’s totally normal. Losing someone is never easy for anyone, but I think that in both of these cases, these women recognize that life has to keep moving on, but that doesn’t make it any easier. I don’t think it’s a plea for attention or a way to sell albums, I think it’s just honesty.

      • gayle

        I have no idea what it is to experience loss as your friend
        or Lea have so I cannot pass judgment on how either should mourn but Lea is
        courting attention. Between these photos,
        the constant bikini photos she posts on instagram and the daily paparazzi
        photos of her jogging she wants to be seen and talked about.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        That’s definitely a perspective I hadn’t considered — thanks for sharing it.

      • Quinn

        I don’t blame people for thinking something’s off, but we do all cope in our own ways!

      • Charlie

        I have clinical depression, and the only way I could get out of bed is to constantly do something. If I’m not trying to occupy my time, I get sucked into this terrible void of existence and it could take a long time to get out of.

        But… I’m not trying to be judgmental, but ever since I saw her TCA speech, something seems… off. It’s not a speech of lover or a fiancée, but a speech of a friend. A close friend, at best. Maybe I’m channeling myself to her, but I wouldn’t give that kind of speech for my fiancée. It’s too emotionally detached.

        And her constant need for spotlight through Cory’s death seems… off. I’m not saying that she should mourn forever nor I’m dictating how she should, but is it really necessary? Again, I’m channeling myself, but the idea of constantly sharing a piece of her fiancé’s memory everytime she promotes herself is weird. And yes, people would ask, but she has the option not to, and yet she’s blatantly exploiting it. It’s like it’s her PR strategy.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Yup, agreed — it feels off.

    • Jennifer

      It’s probably not her who’s deciding to do these photo shoots. The record label wants to sell albums. And it’s not for any of us to judge how she should mourn.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        It’s up to us to react to it.

      • Cthulhu

        Uncle Terry is known for being a pervert in the modeling industry. Yes, he’s a good photographer, but omg have you see his collection? Everyone woman/girl is hyper-sexualized and he is known for publicly saying that “it’s not who you know, it’s who you blow.” -_-

        So yeah, I’m personally curious why, of all the photographers, would she choose him.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Agreed. He skeeves me out every time I see his work.

      • Cthulhu

        Oh, I’m beyond creeped out. He has pictures of him being… “serviced” by unknown models. I unfortunately stumbled upon that filth when I read something about a part-time model blogging about her terrible experience. *shudders*

    • Judy

      Agree with everything in this article!!!

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Thanks Judy!