The March cover of Cosmopolitan featuring "Glee" star Lea Michele is causing some waves.
The photo shows the 24-year-old posing in a black top with a plunging neckline and Fox News reports that some mothers are upset with the images Michele is putting out there for young fans of the show.
"I think Lea Michele is sending the wrong message. She plays such a 'good girl' on 'Glee' and a lot of kids look up to her persona," Kim Trefcer, a mother from New York, tells the news outlet. "Then she poses very provocatively on two magazine covers which makes my almost-13-year-old son very confused and offended."
The article also mentions a quote from Michele's interview in which she describes her perfect night as drinking wine and Skyping with her boyfriend, Broadway star Theo Stockman.
The uproar is similar to one Michele and fellow "Glee" co-stars Cory Monteith and Diana Agron faced in October when their cover of GQ magazine hit newsstands. The cover featured Michele in a white shirt, white knee-high socks and a pink bra and underwear, and Agron in a mini skirt and a shirt showing off her bra strap. The photos were criticized by the Parents Television Council, which said the pictures were "near pornographic" and border on "pedophilia."
"It is disturbing that GQ, which is explicitly written for adult men, is sexualizing the actresses who play high school-aged characters on Glee in this way," The Parents Television Council's president Tim Winter said in a statement at the time.
In that same month, Michele shot racy photos for Marie Claire magazine, which showed her almost topless.
Agron went on to apologize on her blog if anyone was offended by the images but said she wasn't sorry that she took them.
"In the land of Madonna, Britney, Miley, Gossip Girl, other public figures and shows that have pushed the envelope and challenged the levels of comfort in their viewers and fans ... we are not the first," Agron, 24, wrote. "Now, in perpetuating the type of images that evoke these kind of emotions, I am sorry. If you are hurt or these photos make you uncomfortable, it was never our intention."
As for the Cosmopolitan cover, the magazine's publisher, Hearst, released a statement to Fox News saying, "We're thrilled to feature Lea Michele on the March cover of Cosmopolitan and think she looks stunning. Michele is a grown woman and Cosmopolitan is a magazine is for adults."
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