Lea T

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Lea T
Born Leandro Medeiros Cerezo
1981 (age 32–33)
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Modeling information
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Hair color Brown
Eye color Brown
Measurements 34-25-36 in / 86-63-91 cm

Lea Cerezo, known professionally as Lea T, (born 19 April 1981 and referred to then as "Leandro Medeiros Cerezo"),[1][2] is a Brazil-born, Italy-raised transgender fashion model.[3] She is Riccardo Tisci (creative director of French luxury brand Givenchy)'s muse; her professional last name of "T" stands for Tisci.[4]

She is the face of American hair-care brand Redken.[5][6]

She is also a pop culture icon of transgender advocacy in the LGBT community.[7]

Biography[edit]

Lea T is the daughter of well-known former Brazilian football player Toninho Cerezo.[8][9] She grew up in Italy.[10] Lea T was identified as male when she was born. In a January 2011 interview, the model stated her intentions to undergo sex reassignment surgery in March of that year.[11]

The surgery actually occurred in March 2012, in Thailand.[12] In an interview to Fantástico, in January 2013, she described the surgery in a negative way[13] but two weeks later she said that she "[felt] satisfied with the results".[14]

Lea T has stated that she has an attraction to both sexes.[15][16]

Career[edit]

She was first discovered by Givenchy senior designer Riccardo Tisci and became the face of Givenchy in late 2010. Her first runway show was for Alexandre Herchcovitch during São Paulo Fashion Week in January 2011.

She has been featured in editorials in Vogue Paris, Hercules Magazine, Interview Magazine, Cover Magazine and Love Magazine. In 2011, she was also the cover star of two editions of the Spring/Summer 2011 edition of Love Magazine, one as the solo model and another featuring her kissing Kate Moss.

In 2013, she participated in the Italian version of Dancing with the Stars on Rai Uno entitled Ballando con le Stelle (series 9).

In 2014 she became the face of American hair-care brand Redken, thus making her the first openly transgender model to front a global cosmetics brand.[17][18][19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Lea T., transgender Model, Talks Sex Change & The Night She Found Herself
  2. ^ [2] Lea T: "Nunca tive namorada nem namorado"
  3. ^ Van Meter, William (8 December 2010). "Transsexuals Are Edging Into the Mainstream". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 November 2014. The clearest call to arms was the arrival of the transsexual model Lea T. For Givenchy’s fall advertising campaign, Ms. T. was photographed by Mert and Marcus in a feathery blouson. When the ad was released in May, it set off a press frenzy, with Ms. T.’s modeling agency, Women, receiving more than 400 interview requests. Ms. T., 28, has been a friend of the Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci, since she was 17. (The “T” stands for Tisci; he unofficially adopted her into his family.) 
  4. ^ Van Meter, William (8 December 2010). "Transsexuals Are Edging Into the Mainstream". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 November 2014. Ms. T., 28, has been a friend of the Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci, since she was 17. (The “T” stands for Tisci; he unofficially adopted her into his family.) 
  5. ^ Vingan, Alyssa (4 November 2014). "Transgender Model Lea T Lands Big Redken Contract". Fashionista.com. Retrieved 6 November 2014. Now, Lea T has received her most groundbreaking campaign yet: She's signed on to be a brand muse for global haircare brand Redken, with print and digital campaigns set for a January 2015 release. 
  6. ^ Friedman, Megan (4 November 2014). "Transgender Model Lea T Is Redken's Newest Face". Harper's Bazaar. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "21 Transgender People Who Influenced American Culture". Time Magazine. 
  8. ^ "Lea T: «Ora che lui non c'è più»". vanityfair.it. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  9. ^ Tom Phillips. "Lea T and the loneliness of the fashion world's first transsexual supermodel". the Guardian. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "Oprah Talks to First Trans Supermodel Lea T". COLORLINES. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  11. ^ [3] She often defends her choice by countering the common derogatory statements of sexuality or sexual orientation by stating, "I never had a girlfriend or boyfriend."
  12. ^ "'Sou mais homem do que mulher', diz Lea T. após cirurgia" (in Portuguese). Globo.com. 2013-01-29. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  13. ^ Ceribelli, Renata (2013-01-28). "Lea T.: "Nunca vou ser 100% mulher, mesmo depois da cirurgia"" (in Portuguese). WordPress.com. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  14. ^ "'O resultado atendeu minhas expectativas', diz Lea T sobre cirurgia de mudança de sexo" (in Portuguese). Caras. 2013-02-09. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  15. ^ [4] Lea T.: Who Is She?
  16. ^ Phillips, Tom (31 July 2010). "Lea T and the loneliness of the fashion world's first transsexual supermodel". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 November 2014. She had been attracted to girls and boys and remembers feeling she had no "defined sexuality, or a precise direction to follow". 
  17. ^ Vingan, Alyssa (4 November 2014). "Transgender Model Lea T Lands Big Redken Contract". Fashionista.com. Retrieved 6 November 2014. Now, Lea T has received her most groundbreaking campaign yet: She's signed on to be a brand muse for global haircare brand Redken, with print and digital campaigns set for a January 2015 release. 
  18. ^ Friedman, Megan (4 November 2014). "Transgender Model Lea T Is Redken's Newest Face". Harper's Bazaar. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  19. ^ Morwenna Ferrier. "Lea T, the transgender hair-care model who’s shifting our perception of beauty norms". the Guardian. Retrieved 7 November 2014.