Lea Michele Angers Vegans Over L’Oreal Contract

By Lacy Hansen for Diets In Review

If anyone is publicly found to be a hypocrite, they better prepare for some serious backlash. We are not the forgiving type in this country, apparently.

“Glee” actress Lea Michele is getting a dose of this medicine currently. According to The Examiner, the TV star recently signed a deal with L’Oreal cosmetics and has received an earful for the decision. Michele is a longtime vegetarian and animal rights activist and even went vegan recently. However, her $1 million deal with L’Oreal finds her in contract with a company that tests its products on animals.

Animal rights groups are outraged at the star’s decision. Michele has previously been a shining star for animal rights. In 201o she participated in a PETA public service announcement, and in 2011 she protested the carriage horse industry in New York City. Michele wrote Mayor Bloomberg after a horse died on the streets of New York from exhaustion.

So, understandably Michele’s latest move is seen as hypocritical. L’Oreal, like other cosmetic companies, are continuing their practice of animal testing in order to be in the Chinese market. The Chinese cosmetic market is very profitable, yet they require animal product testing before the items can be sold.

Reports state that animals such as rabbits have products dripped in their eyes in order to see if painful reactions occur. Many times, rashes and painful sores result from these tests. However, even former cruelty-free companies are returning to this form of testing just to get in the Chinese market. There’s money to be made, and many companies are seeing animal testing as an acceptable bridge to get to that money.

As for Michele, there’s no word of her changing her agreement at the moment. As she stated in a press release, she’s pleased to get recognition from the beauty industry. She’s reported many times how her atypical look has made it hard to break into Hollywood. She’s been told to get a nose job many times, or simply told she wasn’t pretty enough for acting. On this side of the coin, the cosmetic contract seems like a major victory. If only it were with a company who supported true beauty and cruelty-free testing, she’d be sitting really pretty right now.

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Rachel Mullin
Rachel Mullin4 years ago

She might not have known. And, then, once you've signed a contract, you can't just get out of it because you now know better. :(

Aud Nordby
Aud n4 years ago


Danuta Watola
Danuta W4 years ago

thanks for sharing

Melania Padilla
Melania P4 years ago


Mari Garcia
Mari Garcia5 years ago

In this world, money is the driving force for many choices.

Jacqueline Fonseca

This is the wrong choice for her! Drew Barrymore went through the same thing~

Vaiva G.
Vaiva G5 years ago

i guess it's a difficult situation for the poor girl...but then again, if she's so into animal rights this is really too hypocritical.

Shelley P.
Shelley Parsons5 years ago

Unfortunately, I believe Ellen DeGeneres is also guilty of this same thing. She has been working with Cover Girl/Olay for some time. As far as I know, most of the big name cosmetic companies have animal testing hidden in their bowels somewhere. I tried a couple of times to e-mail Ellen but she has continued making new commercials.

As much as I really like her and all she does for animal welfare and many other things, this is one sticking point for me. I just think most of those companies have found ways of contracting out this aspect to labs who strictly do animal testing for anyone who pays the price. Then the big name company simply says they do not use animals to test their products.

Sneaky, but if it doesn't say 'Not Tested on Animals', then somewhere along the line it probably was.

Carrie Anne Brown

thanks for sharing

Joan Q.
Joan Q5 years ago

I feel two ways about it. On the one hand, it certainly seems hypocritical to live as a vegetarian and espouse animal rights. On the other hand, it's hard to make a living in one's chosen field if all the smarmy types in suits are calling the shots -- ya know, telling you to fix your face, etc. -- so you can't get work. In her shoes, I'd want to survive, too. And I'd kick myself for being "weak" and caving in to my desire to support myself with their dollars.