Cosmopolitan defends Lea Michele's 'racy' cover
February 8th, 2011
06:37 PM ET

Cosmopolitan defends Lea Michele's 'racy' cover

"Glee" star Lea Michele has hit a sour note with parents once again thanks to her latest magazine shoot.

Following last year's controversial GQ portfolio, which featured 24-year-old Michele in her underwear, the actress has now posed on the March cover of Cosmopolitan in a daring dress with a plunging neckline. And that has many moms upset, reports Fox News.

"She plays such a 'good girl' on 'Glee' and a lot of kids look up to her persona," said New York mom Kim Trefcer. "Then she poses very provocatively on two magazine covers which makes my almost-13-year-old son very confused and offended.”

Adds Mamarazzi Knows Best blogger Suzette Valle, "It's irresponsible to be using an adult who represents a minor dressed in provocative clothes. I think Cosmo is now taking advantage of the [ruckus] GQ caused with their 'Glee' cover and hoping to cash in on the press that got."

While Michele has not yet commented on the controversy, Cosmo is standing by their cover girl.

“We’re thrilled to feature Lea Michele on the March cover of Cosmopolitan magazine and think she looks stunning," says a rep. "Michele is a grown woman and Cosmopolitan is a magazine is for adults.”

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  1. Van Breakdown Cover

    "Then she poses very provocatively on two magazine covers which makes my almost-13-year-old son very confused and offended.”
    Van Breakdown Cover

    August 2, 2011 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. Wow

    Since when is it bad for a 24 year old to have a racy cover on an ADULT magazine, when she stars in a show on a network geared toward ADULTS??? It's not like she's wearing that dress in an episode of Glee!

    March 3, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. MG

    That cover is racy?! That is probably one of the least provocative covers I have seen in a long time on any magazine!

    Also, anyone who watches Glee probably knows by now that it is NOT a show for kids. The last episode had to do with alcohol and they all got drunk. I love the show but I wouldn't let my 13 year old watch it if I had one. Besides, if her 13 year old is browsing through the women's magazine section and browsing through Cosmo then she might have more to worry about then the cover!

    March 2, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Shani

    Glee is NOT a kid's show.
    Last time I checked, it was rated TV-14. I think the real issue is what parents are allowing their kids to watch in their own living rooms. Lea Michele is not a child. She can do whatever she well pleases. People have agency to do what they will. Get over it.

    February 17, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joie

    Honestly, I have NO idea how some mom's can function in this world...they seem to want to protect their children from EVERYTHING. And it's true – her son is not confused and offended at all...he is happy and needs alone time. And Glee is not exactly a kid's show – Brittany tries to sleep with everyone she can, there was teenage pregnancy, tiny short skirts, etc. If your almost 13 year old boy is truly offended by it, maybe block all channels except...well, come to think of it – even Disney is pretty bad if this mom is that protective!

    February 16, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. LOL

    Yes, so lazy parents who don't care enough to be ROLE MODELS for their own children decide to use fictional characters on TV shows instead... good work parents!

    Just because you're a good girl on the show doesn't mean you are a good girl off the show... it IS acting after all...

    February 9, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • f

      it is very true, kids cant look up to celebs they don't know what really goes on! { they could be smoking something behind the scenes} characters have nothing to do with the real people!

      August 15, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ron31

    "She plays such a good girl on 'Glee'". That statement is wrong..Lea character Rachel cheated on her boyfriend with his friend and feelow football player. How is that being a good girl?

    February 9, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. WOW

    Look at the picture of her in this article, she is out in public looking NOTHING at all like a High School kid.....because.....well she is not a High School kid, she is a WOMAN in her mid 20's.

    February 9, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  9. Gaunt

    "Then she poses very provocatively on two magazine covers which makes my almost-13-year-old son very confused and offended.”

    Lady, your son is not confused or offended, and thats not the reason he takes the magasine into his room and closes the door for twently minutes.

    Lea Michelle is 25 years old, plenty old enough to decide how to pose and where. The argument that she 'plays someone younger on TV' is deeply stupid. Maybe she does, but she is an ACTRESS, and believe it or not, the age of the character she plays has no actual bearing on how she lives her life. Is she supposed to pretend to be a geeky teenager off the set too, no matter how old she actually is?

    This is the kind of woman who gets "confused and offended" when she runs into David Hasslehoff in the street and notices to her shock that he is not actually talking to his car.

    February 9, 2011 at 3:07 am | Report abuse |
  10. Manny

    I thought a cosmo was drink.

    February 9, 2011 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
  11. Heather

    Her 13 y/o son was offended....Sure Mom, he was offended, whatever gets you thru happy hour.

    February 9, 2011 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  12. D

    If this woman's 13 year old boy is confused...there might be something different about her son I don't think it has anything to do with the girl that posed on the front of the

    February 9, 2011 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  13. ym

    1st – your "almost-13-year-old" son is reading Cosmo? He may have been confused to begin with. 2nd – I seriously doubt that offense is what he was feeling. If it was, then see my first point. 🙂

    February 8, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. hey mom

    Hey kim trecfer! Get a clue about your 12 yo son. And tell him to keep his door open and away from your magazines. At least he's not gotten into dad's stack of playboy mags. " offended".....LOL!

    February 8, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. witcha

    no harm done.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  16. witcha

    i think there's nothing wrong with being a cover girl for Cosmo..

    February 8, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Kim

    She is 24 years old. She is a young woman and you as a parent have to understand that. Just because of her being on the covers of these mags doesn't mean nothing. She is allowed to pose and have fun. It is her life. Just because her character is a 16 year old girl doesn't mean she has to protray it even in her own life. Its called acting. Realize that before you start judging her for something that she wants to do.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  18. James

    The woman in the article needs to explain to her son that movies are not real before he takes the broomstick up the roof of their house and jumps off trying to play Quidditch....

    February 8, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  19. James

    People in the US really don't get the concept of what acting is all about do they?

    You play somebody you are not.....

    Hint...Hugh Jackman is not really Wolverine.....Eric Bana and Ed Norton are not really the Hulk.....Godzilla does not really trample Tokyo once a year.....Kevin Costner is not a farmer in Iowa who sees ghosts, he did not put anyone on trial for the killing of JFK, he did not play minor league baseball let along throw a perfect game at Yankee Stadium in the final start of his career......comprehend yet?

    February 8, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Nan

    A 12-year boy confused about girls?! Who'da thunk it?! Notice it's FoxNews reporting that moms are upset. Is anyone surprised? Please get a grip.

    February 8, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Karen

    Valle: get a life

    February 8, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Spin Doctor

    Not many kids read Cosmo - teenagers do. The same teens who watch Jersey Shore and Skins and all those racy shows on TV targeting them these days. Glee uses high school themes and adults playing kids. Michele and Glee started off being watched by these same teens who are now told this is not a show for them because it's too racy, or because the show's 'stars' make some racy cover and are sending mixed messages. Miley Cyrus got the media firestorm because she wanted to look and behave like an adult. Now adult actors want to look and act like kids, but not be looked up to in case they want to strut their stuff like the adults they are? Make up your mind.

    February 8, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  23. APRIL

    what child reads Comso???? come on ppl.

    February 8, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  24. MJ

    I don't get it either. So that's racy.... have you seen the Disney channel lately?

    February 8, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Frank

    Stop calling it racy. It isn't racy and just becasue 5 repressed mom say it is something doesn't mean it it. Read all the comments on all the web site 99% of the people think it is BS.

    February 8, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Mike

    Am I missing something? Are a lot of impressionable kids reading GQ and Cosmo?

    February 8, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |

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