High school theater never looked this good.
Blame it on the residual effects of the hit show's recent Britney Spears-inspired episode, but Glee cast members Lea Michele, Dianna Agron and Cory Monteith are turning up the heat in a racy new photo shoot for GQ, reports Entertainment Weekly.
The provocative spread, snapped by fashion photographer Terry Richardson, popularizes many cliches that exsist in the public mind about high school: everything from the jock - Finn Hudson - getting the girl(s), to perpetuating the notion of the "naughty school girl" through shots with Michele and Agron decked out in short, plaid skirts, high heels and athletic socks pulled up to the knee.
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The 14-shot-gallery accompanies an article that seeks to explain how a show about a teen chorus became one of America's biggest phenomenons, bolstered by a roster of celebrity guests and fans so famous that it would give an Oscars after-party a run for its money.
GQ writer Alex Pappademas describes its appeal thusly:
"Glee is somehow both baby-deer naive and not-that-innocent. It portrays Christians as hypocrites while subtly pushing values that are pretty Christian, when you get down to it—tolerance, self-sacrifice, giving your baby mama your pool-cleaning money, respecting the songwriting genius of Gary Puckett and the Union Gap. It's as anachronistically sweet as Bye, Bye Birdie but gayer than Hedwig. It's a show where Agron, as the conniving cheerleader Quinn, convinces her boyfriend that she's pregnant with his child (it's someone else's), but it's also a show in which Monteith sings a soaring soft-rock rendition of the Pretenders' 'I'll Stand By You' to a sonogram of that baby."
Michele, who plays overachiever Rachel Berry, describes it in simpler terms, by way of comparison to the show that is Glee's lead-in, American Idol.
"One is about being judged, and one is not," she said.
Whatever the case, fans of the show will be able to see some of their favorite cast members in a whole new light, and that's something worth singing about.