Lea Michele visited Aerie’s popup shop in Manhattan yesterday for an #AerieREAL event that included a yoga and meditation class. #AerieREAL uses Photoshop-free ads to promote body positivity.
Michele told People she finds the campaign refreshing. “I think it’s really great. I’ve always had a platform coming off of being on Glee, of just really being proud of who I am and what I look like and my uniqueness and embracing that and I’ve talked often about how I feel that that’s really what’s helped me to get to where I am today. I think that Aerie is such an amazing brand for young girls to see campaigns where they see girls for what they really look like. It’s empowering and its really good for this generation.”
The actress says she can’t help noticing when a photo of her has been retouched. “When people change my nose, it’s very clear to me. I’m like ‘That’s not my nose!’ But they don’t do it that often with me—I mean, I’ve seen situations with other celebrities where it’s aggressive how much things get retouched or photoshopped. What I think fans love to see about me is what I really look like and so magazines sometimes give people what they want with me. They’re like, ‘Ehh we’ll just leave her as she is.‘”
For Michele, “as she is” is pretty damn hot. Back in August, she posed nude for the British edition of Women’s Health. She told the magazine she’d been working out a lot, and when she peeked at a few pictures during her photo shoot, she liked what she saw. As she put it, “That body’s banging.”
Her Instagram feed reflects that same self-confidence. In the past few months, she’s posted several images that show her posing in bed, wearing only underwear. She calls it her “Bed series,” and she added another impressive pic yesterday.