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Transgender Model Lea T Speaks! (And Seems Totally Awesome)

Lea T On Gender
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Transexual model Lea T explains her gender expression. Read More »
Oprah Talks To Lea T
Oprah talks to the transexual model, Lea T. Read More »
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"It's too complicated to keep a secret"

Brazilian/Italian model Lea T. made waves in 2010 when she revealed that she was transgender. And for the first time, thanks to this Benetton video, we’re finally hearing her speak about it. “I say everything about myself, it’s too complicated to keep a secret,” says Lea. We agree, and we’re super stoked that Lea seems like such a rad person. Of leaning too heavily on others for inspiration, she says, “When you get inspired by someone … you lose a little bit of your personality … I try to be myself.” The video is part of Benetton’s “Faces of Color,” which focuses on unique personalities and looks from around the world. Others featured in the campaign include Isabella Rosselini’s daughter Elettra Wiedemann and model Alex Wek. [YouTube]

Oprah Talks To Transgender Model Lea T


Lea T has modeled for Givenchy and smooched Kate Moss on the cover of LOVE magazine: now the world’s most famous male-to-female transgender model is dishing the dirt on Oprah‘s couch. Er, armchair. I didn’t know this before, but Lea T was born Leandro Cerezo in Italy to a soccer star father and Catholic mother. I’m sure they are swelling with pride … at least until Oprah asked, “How do you, if I may ask, how do you hide your penis? You must have to strap that thing down in there?” Aaaaand scene. [ColorLines] Keep reading »

Kate Moss Tongues Trans Model For Love

Don’t get it twisted. This isn’t two random girls making out in a bar. It’s supermodel Kate Moss kissing transsexual model-of-the-moment Lea T. on the cover of Love magazine. The issue’s theme is androgyny, a look the Brazilian born-male-turned-androgyne Lea T. has come to symbolize in various recent trend pieces. The shot was taken by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. This is hardcore, indeed. [Jezebel] Keep reading »

Transsexual Model Lea T. Speaks About Her Gender Identity

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“I’ve never had a girlfriend or a boyfriend … Even with surgery, I’ll never be a woman. And I will not be man. I’ll always be the middle… My father said I’ll always be his little black boy. That he’ll love me if I am man, woman or dog. My mother is very religious. She refuses, but says she will not leave me.”

– Lea T., who was born Leandro Cerezo Medeiros, starred in last season’s Givenchy ad campaign and has even been booked to appear on Oprah’s last season. [Quem via Racked] Keep reading »

Givenchy’s Latest Ad Campaign Features A Transgender Model

It’s hard to decide which of the 10 models in the new Givenchy ad campaign looks the coolest. Catherine McNeil’s hair has been dyed bright red, Malgosia Bela’s locks are pink and Mariacarla Boscono is about to engage in what we’re sure would be a hot makeup session with a fellow lady catwalker. Basically, there’s a lot going on. Perhaps the most interesting facet of the campaign, however, is Lea T., Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci’s longtime personal assistant and former fit model who’s also a transgender person. Tisci told WWD that Lea, formerly known as Leo, has “always been very feminine: super fragile, very aristocratic,” and she embodies the androgyny of Givenchy. Click through to see another ad from the campaign, then tell us what you think in the comments. [WWD] Keep reading »

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