Lea Michele is powerful and poised for the August cover of Marie Claire Mexico.
The actress is the cover star of Marie Claire Mexico's latest edition, where she poses in an all-black low-cut ensemble.
The shoot took place on June 7, five weeks before the death of her long-term boyfriend Cory Monteith.
"[My style is] very relaxed and simple: jeans, flats and a leather jacket. Lately, I have mixed the Californian style with the dark side of New York. I would wear black every day if I could," she explained in her interview with the magazine. "For red carpets I love experimenting."
The 26-year-old shared which celebrity looks she admires. Lea named smouldering brunette actress Penelope Cruz as her style icon.
"I think that is one of the hardest questions because they are so many, but I have always looked up to Penelope Cruz," she answered.
"She always looks beautiful, classy and sophisticated. I probably would say that she is one of the most beautiful women in the world."
Lea had been dating her Glee co-star Cory for more than a year when he died from an overdose of heroin and alcohol on July 13. The actor tweeted that he had surprised Lea in Beverly Hills while she was on the set of the shoot before his death. The visit is now a bittersweet memory for the actress.
"Today's healthy lunch! #Tofu #Greens #MyboyfriendsEatingpizza #yum lol," Lea tweeted at the time followed by: "What an awesome shoot today! Such a pleasure gracing the cover of one of my fav mags! So excited for you guys to see! Xo (sic)."
Marie Claire Mexico and Latin America Editor-in-Chief Ariadne Grant has revealed what Lea was like to work with.
"Lea Michele arrived early with her beauty team and her agent and was always professional, dedicated and her experience was obvious on the photo shoot but showed another side of her personality, softer and more innocent, on the interview when she got all excited with some questions, she said she loved Mexico so much. That side was even more evident when Cory showed up almost at the end of the session, she was very happy about him being there," she told E! Online.
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