'Glee' star Lea Michele calls her breasts 'my prizewinners'

'Glee' star Lea Michele is not shy about sharing two of her secrets to success.

“These babies are great," she says of her breasts in the new issue of Marie Claire. "They are my prizewinners."

Michele, 26, has indeed made a name for herself not just as an actress, but as a red carpet and magazine cover staple, known especially for showing off her cleavage.

“They were nervous to make their appearance but feel they’ve earned their place,” she joked to the magazine. “So they asked if they could come out, and I was like, ‘All right, you guys.’ They definitely rose to the occasion, so I’m going to continue to give them more opportunities.”

Last year Michele peeved parents who thought as an actress who plays a high school student on a TV show watched largely by teen and pre-teen viewers, she had a responsibility to keep things a little more buttoned up.

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“I think Lea Michele is sending the wrong message.  She plays such a ‘good girl’ on ‘Glee’ and a lot of kids look up to her persona.  Then she poses very provocatively on two magazine covers which makes my almost-13-year-old son very confused and offended,” New York mom Kim Trefcer told FOX411. “ I find it frustrating as a parent who is trying to teach right from wrong to their kids and then you have things like this happen which is showing middle schoolers things like sex sells and all that goes along with that.”

The Parents Television Council also slammed a photo spread in GQ magazine of Michele and her co-stars Dianna Agron and Cory Monteith, in which Michele and Agron appeared in skimpy underwear, as “near pornographic pedophilia.”

Agron apologized. Michele did not.