Lea Triumphs (Lea T video interview)

Posted by Stephan Moskovic | February 4th, 2011
In many ways Lea T’s rise to prominence in the modeling industry has been marked by a distinct degree of mystery and privacy on the part of the ground breaking model. The basic facts are well known… fit model and muse to Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy… a berth in several of the house’s runway shows as well as a slot in the FW10 campaign shot by Mert n Marcus… the memorable images in Vogue Paris (here and here) and most recently the double-slam of the Love covers. But who is the real woman behind the hype, spectacle and press buzz? As Lea prepares to bring her story to the Oprah Winfrey network MDX caught up with her for this exclusive video interview where she talks about coming to Ms Winfrey’s attention, her early days with Mr Tisci, the prejudices she has faced as a transsexual and her future dreams and goals.

Lea T interview

A models.com video interview by Wayne Sterling

With a special thanks to Piero Piazzi @ Women Milan
Cover photo by Carlotta Manaigo
courtesy of Lurve Magazine

this video interview is also available on youtube

22 Comments to “Lea Triumphs (Lea T video interview)”

  1. Finally! Something I’ll actually watch on Oprah. I was hesitant at first to what Lea T would bring, but I think she really is a stunning model.


  2. Lily says:

    So she’s a transsexual, so what? She’s not even that good looking compared to people like Andrej Pejic who most likely isn’t even a transsexual. All people do is just use Lea for the attention value. It’s like emperor’s new clothes to me.

  3. Licho Serrot says:

    LEA!!!! =) U rock!

  4. Jay Tavarez says:

    What a wonderful piece. Lea was just so open and optimistic. She is slowy becoming such a wonderful role model for people everywhere.

  5. carola says:

    Amazing! So beautiful. I’ll be watching OWN, can’t wait. I hope ignorant people finally understand what these men and women go through, and learn to treat them well.

    I hope her father understands all this someday soon, it must be so important to Lea to have his support. She seems like a beautiful person on the inside and that’s the only thing that should matter (and she looks much more beautiful than a lot of top models!!)

  6. geraldinefrance says:

    Congratulations Wayne,this interview is just heaven.
    Congratulations Lea,for me you are already a woman and you deserve all what you have now.
    congratulations mr tisci for the risk you took choosing lea for your image,doing something amazing.
    congratulations mr piazzi you are one of the very few agents in the story of this business who has been able to have a different view of beauty,from marpessa,to the legendary supermodels,to mariacarla boscono and now lea t.

  7. james says:

    Agree with Geraldine
    Al these people are great!!

  8. Tyler Neal says:

    I am so happy for Lea. I wish her all the best. She’s incredibly beautiful and such a great role model for so many people out there.

  9. Lu says:

    love lea! great to finally seeing her in an interview. very intrigued by her. can’t wait for that oprah episode! go lea!

  10. Rashown says:

    I am so happy Lea got her time to shine, she is such an inspiration to everyone {the gay, lesbian, bie, transgender} community. You are truly what a top model is.

    congrads we love you

  11. TeeVanity says:

    She’s simply amazing.

  12. John says:

    she is fucking great!, i love her, she is such a proud for brazil, thanks for been brazilian Lea.

  13. joseph says:

    Hi Jon
    I think Lea spent almost her film in Italy and that’s where all started and so far she’s Italian more than Brazilian!!

  14. Paulo says:

    I do think that this is just the beginning of a long journey for Lea T. I hope someday I will see her listed in the top icons ranking in this website!!!

  15. Ukraine says:

    Lea you are one of the best models Ukraine love you!!!

  16. Magno says:

    Linda, perfeita,maravilhosa VIVA O Brasil!!!!

  17. bruno says:

    She recently worked for Alexandre Herchcovitch here in Brazil, it was great.

  18. sindi says:

    You go girl

  19. Chungkit says:

    Just watched Lea on Oprah. She was beautiful honest and poised. I have nothing but admiration for her!