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Lea Michele opens up about embracing her unique look: 'Beauty has changed'

She was once told she "wasn't pretty enough to be the pretty girl," but Hollywood has come around.
/ Source: TODAY

She's a star of stage and screen, a singer with a brand-new album at the top of the iTunes chart and in the middle of a successful tour — but there's something else Lea Michele is getting noticed for these days: Her revealing photos on Instagram.

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When Michele sat down with TODAY's Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb on Friday, she explained the purpose behind her "Bed Series" pics.

"Just trying to get a boyfriend, you know?" she quipped. "Just trying real hard! A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do."

Actually, there's something else going on with those sexy shots — and it's not about seeking a man's embrace. It's about embracing herself.

"Listen, my whole life ... everyone always told me I wasn't pretty enough, needed to get a nose job," she recalled. "I wasn't pretty enough to be the pretty girl but a little too pretty to play the awkward friend."

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But both her confidence and her career — not to mention those photos — prove otherwise. According to the former "Glee" star, that's a sign of the times.

"I just really feel that Hollywood has changed, beauty has changed," she said. "And I'm embracing, always, my uniqueness ... with naked bed pictures!"