Lea Michele on Skipping Plastic Surgery and Loving Her Looks

05/24/2010 at 01:00 PM ET

James White/Women’s Health

Glee‘s Lea Michele may play a teenage drama queen, but she witnessed her own share of adolescent body angst long before she walked the halls of McKinley High on the hit TV show. The 23-year-old Tenafly, New Jersey native was, in fact, “the only girl in my high school class not to get a nose job,” reveals the actress in the June issue of Women’s Health. And even though the svelte cover girl has adopted a Zen-like attitude about her looks, the actress admits she’s still not totally immune to insecurities–especially living in L.A. “I love myself, the way I look, my body, but sometimes I can’t help but feel insecure here. It plays with your head,” admits the Broadway veteran, who counteracts the pressure-cooker aspects of Hollywood life with dedicated “me-time.” A committed vegan, the starlet–who keeps trim by working out with health counselor Devon Butler, hiking in L.A.’s Runyon Canyon, and rehearsing Glee‘s elaborate dance routines–credits the book Skinny Bitch with her conversion to a dairy- and meat-free lifestyle. “It slapped me in the face,” she says.“My idea of heaven used to be relaxing at home with a cheese plate and champagne.” For more on Lea, pick up the June issue of Women’s Health, or visit womenshealthmag.com. –Marissa Patlingrao Cooley


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So great to hear about more vegan celebs! It’s the compassionate & healthy way to live. Once you get educated about the horrific treatment of animals in factory farms it’s easier to not have to say ‘oh I could never not eat such & such’. Good for you Lea! Also – the actress that plays Quinn is a vegetarian.

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