L'Oreal Paris names Lea Michele as newest brand ambassador

NEW YORK — L'Oréal Paris has officially announced actress Lea Michele as the brand's newest ambassador.

Today, Michele joins the L'Oréal Paris spokespersons family, including Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce Knowles, Julianna Margulies, Eva Longoria, Andie MacDowell, Freida Pinto and Aimee Mullins, among others. Michele will debut in TV and print advertising campaigns for the global beauty brand beginning in the United States in early 2013

"I am thrilled that Lea joins our roster of amazing spokespersons. In just a few years, her incredible talent has made her one of the most popular young actresses in a TV series. Lea is committed, genuine, fun with an inspiring sense of style, in total resonance with the brand's values," L'Oréal Paris global brand president Cyril Chapuy said.

"Lea is undeniably one of the most gifted and accomplished women of her generation and a role model to young women everywhere. We are so honored to welcome her as a member of the L'Oréal Paris family. A beautiful woman inside and out, Lea truly exemplifies our brand philosophy 'Because You're Worth It,'" added Karen Fondu, president of L'Oréal Paris USA.

At 8 years old, Michele made her professional debut as Young Cosette in the classic Broadway production "Les Miserables." Since then, she has shared the stage with Broadway greats in "Ragtime," "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Spring Awakening," earning herself a Drama Desk Award nomination for "Outstanding Actress in a Musical" for her role in "Spring Awakening."

Michele is perhaps best known for her role in the Fox TV television series "Glee," which returned this month for its fourth season. Throughout her role as Rachel, Michele has received a People's Choice Award, a Teen Choice Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. She also has been honored with an Emmy Award nomination and two Golden Globe nominations.

In addition to her role on "Glee," she has performed solo concerts in New York and Los Angeles and has lent her vocal talents to two feature films. In 2011, Lea starred in the romantic comedy "New Year's Eve" and in 2013, she will star in Summertime Entertainment's animated 3D film "Dorothy of Oz," providing vocals on several original numbers.

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