Groundbreaking Beauty

June 3rd, 2010 Posted by Betty comments (22)


When images of Givenchy’s F/W 10 campaign broke last month in WWD, people immediately wanted to know about the mysterious Lea T, a transsexual who appears alongside top models Mariacarla, Malgosia and Catherine. Riccardo Tisci‘s longtime assistant & former fit model; the reticent Lea (formerly Leandro) breaks her silence in an exclusive interview for this month’s Italian Vanity Fair. The Brazilian who lived as a child in Italy and went to art school in Florence (hence the perfect Italian) bravely goes on the record about her experiences. To Lea and her courageousness; to Tisci and his visionary POV, we salute you.


Lea T for Vanity Fair Italia June 2010 by Karel Losenicky. Images courtesy of Women Milan.

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  1. peterModelObsessed says:

    Stunning Beauty. Love the first shot. The second is too commercial and took away her mystique.

    Note to Leah: Don’t smile

  2. Chungkit says:

    Lea is truly stunning. I wish I could read Italian so I can get to know her story better. It’s immensely gratifying that fashion has embraced her, and thank you for continuing to showcase and promote diverse beauty!

  3. Allison says:

    She makes a prettier girl than most girls who are born with female parts. Kind of makes you feel bad about yourself.

  4. All about Models says:

    Lea has a more strong face, she’s lovely and unique in her own style/look. I would like to keep an eye on the future of Lea! In Givechy Lea has looked amazing!

  5. yves says:

    shes pretty but generic.

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  7. W says:

    Amazing, I love her face;]
    and her smile in the 2nd picture, its stunning;]
    she is beautiful without a doubt

  8. Mathew says:

    @Allison-your comment made me laugh. Thanks 🙂

  9. Podesta says:

    she makes me remind Jamie Bochert a lot

  10. SARAH says:

    Only such an agency as Women Milano could rep such a beauty and,after reading Pierro Piazzi’s interview we posted I can tell only a person like him could be the one to do it!!!

  11. PonyRyder says:

    she was the best one in givenchy ad & she is breathtaking in the first photo. she is literally writing history. however, if we are critical in general, we have to be critical even now. the first photo is amazing, lea looks like jessica miller in it, but the second one is not good. she looks like a mexican soap opera star… other than that – go lea! can’t wait to see more!

  12. M. Ernest Marshall says:

    Hauntingly beautiful!!

  13. JT says:

    Amazing, very happy for her.

  14. Jason Farrer says:

    Jessica Miller!!! LOL!!


    Can’t wait for more

  15. Craig says:

    Wow,an angel on earth.strikingly beautiful.

  16. vala says:

    I HEARD MRS CARINE SHOT HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. cindy says:

    Lea’s couraugeousness is an example for the world.
    Another model,which is the top 10 Newcombers dosn’t have it ……Everybody know she’s a man but nobody talk……
    At least Lea’s coming out is something MAGIC and HONEST!!!
    GO LEA GO!!!!!

  18. carola says:

    Who needs a true female model when you can have Lea?? Looks better than the real thing.

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    Vanity Fair Italy Christina Aguilera issue now available at

  21. J.H. says:

    Parabéns!!!!!! Vc. merce Lea-T. Vá em frente e nÃO olhe para trás.
    Muito linda e lutadora! Uma modelo visionária dos novos tempos!!!

    CONGRATULATIOS!!!!! Lea, you deserve that. Go ahead and never look back.
    So pretty and a fighter! A visionary top of new times!!!

  22. Edu says:

    You go girl!

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