Lea Michele Poses Nude -- but All We Can See Is Her Tattoo Tribute to Cory Monteith

Lea Michele at the Academy's

I came to my Glee fandom late in the game, but it didn't take long before I fell hard for the bubbly melodramatic series. So with that said, it broke my heart along with the bazillion other viewers when Cory Monteith passed away in 2013. Our heartbreak, though, was comparatively unmatched with that of his costar and longtime girlfriend Lea Michele. Frankly, I'm not sure any of us anticipated the actress to hold up so gracefully right after the unexpected loss (which was due to a drug overdose), yet she did. And, as evidenced in a recent interview with Women's Health UK, it seems that Lea has shifted her grief into a healthy lifestyle, all the while still honoring her late boyfriend -- and we have to say, she looks amazing doing so. 

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While the public knew about the number 5 stenciled onto her rib cage in honor of Cory's Glee character, it wasn't until the actress bared it all (both her banging body and the secrets to getting it) during her time with Women's Health that we learned about the latest edition to her tribute -- a tattoo of the name "Finn" (Cory's character) strategically scripted on her bottom.

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While many of us only knew him as Finn, it seems that Monteith exuded certain qualities from that role in his day-to-day life -- making Lea Michele's thoughtful tattoos all the more touching. 

And one more.. for my Quarterback.. #5 â�¤ï¸ï¿½

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Three years after the tragedy, Lea is fortunately looking great and feeling even better, as she told the magazine during her interview: "Right now, I feel physically in my best shape, and emotionally in my best place." And it truly shows throughout her photo shoot, as Michele radiates confidence -- even while in the nude. 

As fans, we can't help but be overjoyed by all the healing and growth that she has seemed to undergo in the years following Monteith's death. That said, we know that our Gleeful quarterback is looking down with nothing but love and excitement for the journey that she has had and will have throughout her life as she continues to heal. 

 

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