The Rumors Are True! Lea Michele Is the New Face of L'Oréal Paris

09/17/2012 at 02:30 PM ET

Lea Michele
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Lea Michele has a little something extra to sing about today: as earlier rumors suggested, the actress was just named the newest face of L’Oréal Paris.

“I’m overjoyed and beyond honored to be a part of the L’Oréal Paris family,” the actress tells PEOPLE exclusively. “I’m such a fan of L’Oréal Paris not just for all of their amazing products, but for what they stand for. I’m so thankful to be a part of a television show that promotes inner beauty and self-worth. Now to be a part of this amazing family that expresses the same amazing message is such an honor.”

The Glee star joins a talented roster of brand ambassadors, which includes Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, Gwen Stefani and Eva Longoria, among others. “This is such a dream come true,” Michele says.

“A beautiful woman inside and out, Lea truly exemplifies our brand philosophy, ‘Because You’re Worth It,'” L’Oréal Paris USA president Karen T. Fondu adds in a release. “We are so honored to welcome her as a member of the family.”

The starlet’s first print and television ads will break in early 2013. However, her relationship with the brand began long before this partnership.

“Growing up on stage, I was introduced to makeup at a young age and I will never forget the first time I tried on a L’Oréal Paris iconic lipstick,” Michele recalls. “It was instant glamour, and I’ve been hooked ever since.” Tell us: Do you think Michele will make a good L’Oréal Paris spokeswoman? 

–Kate Hogan

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PL on

She isn’t hasn;t bene for some time now. Anyway L’Oreal also has been taking to steps to back off the animal testing and heres hoping keep going in the right direction. Maybe their commitment to changing is a reason she was willing to work with them.

Jenna on

They test their products on ANIMALS. Way to go Miss Vegan…

LM on

L’Oreal has been focusing on backing away from animal testing – read the news. I think she’s a great choice for a spokesperson. And I agree with the poster who said no one’s perfect or on all the time. I know of people who have met Lea and said she was really nice. There are a few very vocal Lea haters out there (most of whom are J. Groff obsessed and crazy jealous of her friendship with him) who want everybody else to hate her, too. Go, Lea!

JillK on

Whoah at some of these comments. Why do the jealous fans of the other girls on Glee, or the boys from Spring Awakening, insist on following news articles about her just to be hateful? They’re all happy for one another’s successes, you should try to be too, or just say nothing at all.

Anyways, super excited for her! I know she’s not a vegan anymore, but she does work with Peta so curious about L’Oreal’s stance on animal testing.

mikki on

yikes- that nose!

drgrady on

Aw, she sounds like a perfect match for them!

Kasee on

So glad that others have pointed out L’Oreal’s practice of testing on animals, but disappointed that both she and Pink seem to throw their values out the window when offered a lucrative cosmetics contract :(

raveness16 on

congrats! :)

guest on

She has to be one of the most annoying and over rated celebs out there, but aside from that I do appreciate the fact that she is uniquely pretty and that Loreal chose someone who looks like an avergage girl not a supermodel.
Just my person opinion. Not hating on her.

Autumn on

Well, I will no longer be using L’Oreal. I thought they had better taste.

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