'Glee' Star Lea Michele Is No Rachel Berry & She Has the Tats to Prove It

Lea MicheleEver since she became a bona fide star, it seems like Lea Michele has been haunted by comparisons to Rachel Berry, the character she plays on Glee. Which wouldn't be so bad, except, well, Rachel isn't all that likeable, is she? Speaking as a Gleek, I'm going to go ahead and admit she's kind of prissy and way into herself.

But Lea seems much more fun. So I was glad to hear the actress dishing about all her body art this week to Prestige magazine. And by all her body art, I mean A LOT of body art. This does not sound like a Rachel Berry moment at all!


On-screen she might be all Catholic school girl, but off, Michele has got 14, count 'em, 14 tats on that bod. And if you're thinking, wait a minute, I saw her half nekkid in GQ two years ago and then that holy good God that's a lot of cleavage cover of Cosmo ... how could she have hidden them all, well, you're asking the right questions.

Apparently at least four are new-ish, and all are teeny weeny -- from the blue butterfly on her right foot to the bird on her hip, plus two musical notes from Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" on her left shoulder, red heart on her left index finger, "Our city, our love" on her right foot, and another tattoo tribute to her late grandfather.

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But considering Lea spit out that number, but we haven't seen them in most pictures, and she won't dish on them all, could it be that some are in rather ... intimate ... places? Bravo girl! Very enigmatic; I like that!

Tattoos are so personal that I hate to judge what or where people have themselves inked (except face tats -- those I just do not get ... they scream "unemployable" to me). My husband has two tattoos -- right on his shoulders -- and I have a buddy with a sleeve tattoo that's pretty fab.

But there's something to be said for small and secret, especially nowadays. Hidden tattoos shout "I'm not just getting ink because it's in" (59 percent of women in America now rock some body art!). Not knocking the more showy body art, but hidden tattoos are sweet! They're just for you and/or the person you're showing off those places too (co-star Cory Monteith perhaps, Ms. Michele?). They're definitely not something that a "I'm only in it for the fame, so look at me, look at me, look at me" girl like Rachel Berry would do.

If you were going to get a hidden tattoo, where would you place it?

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