Lea Michele Covers Harper’s Bazaar, Talks Gwyneth Paltrow Obsession and Diva Rumors

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Photo: Mark Seliger for Harper's Bazaar
White hot: Lea Michele sizzles in YSL on the September cover of Harpers Bazaar

Everything's coming up Lea!

Harper's Bazaar is breaking out its green thumb for a floral-themed fashion spread with September cover girl Lea Michele, who models bloom-inspired designs from Gucci, Moschino, Lanvin, and Valentino in a lush garden for photographer Mark Seliger.

Rocking soft waves and a sexy white satin Yves Saint Laurent jumpsuit with a gold chain back detail for her modern and sleek cover shoot, the star opens up about her lofty ambitions ("I plan on playing every role on Broadway ... Glee is only the beginning") ... as well as those diva accusations.

"People have to remember this is all new for us,” Michele says. “We’re all reasonably young, except for Cory [Monteith, 29], who’s old. I’ve learned some lessons. But people are going to say what they want to say. I know who I am, and I’m not perfect.”

Speaking of "imperfections," the 25-year-old is refreshingly honest about her strong nose, which she says will "look fabulous" in the upcoming 3-D Glee film.

"How many managers told me, ‘Get a nose job. You’re not pretty enough’" she asks. "But I proved them wrong.”

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Photo: Mark Seliger for Harper's Bazaar
Say it with flowers: Michele blossoms in a Gucci gown for Harpers Bazaar.

Indeed. The petite actress, soon to be seen in New Year's Eve, also reveals a few of her favorite things, including Bravo ("it's unhealthy"), Skinny Girl margaritas ("Bethenny Frankel is smarter than all of us"), and a certain Goopster.

“I am obsessed with Gwyneth Paltrow,” Michele says of her sometime co-star. "I was nervous [rehearsing a sequence] and said, ‘I don’t think I can do that dance move.’ She said, ‘You can do it.’ She wasn’t afraid of anything. I love talking with Gwyneth. She just gives good advice. She said, ‘Don’t ever read anything about you.’”

Well ... maybe just this one?

For more of Lea Michele's photo shoot and interview, visit Harper's Bazaar online and pick up the September issue, out August 16.