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 T (born 19 April 1981 and referred to then as "Leandro Medeiros Cerezo"),[1][2][3] is a native of Brazil, and one of the world's current favorites in the fashion modeling industry. She is most known as having been the Muse of Givenchy. She is also a pop culture icon of Transgender Advocacy in the LGBT Community.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Lea T is the daughter of well-known former Brazilian football player Toninho Cerezo. Lea was identified as male when she was born. In a January 2011 interview, the transsexual model stated her intentions to undergo sex reassignment surgery in March of that year.[5]

The surgery actually occurred in March 2012, in Thailand.[6] In an interview to Fantástico, in January 2013, she described the surgery in a negative way[7] but two weeks later she said that she "[felt] satisfied with the results".[8]


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. Though still rated as one of the world's top models, Lea T. is no longer ranked on the Top 50 models list at models.com. In 2013, she participated in the Italian version of Dancing with the Stars on Rai Uno entitled Ballando con le Stelle (series 9).


While Lea T has stated an attraction to both sexes,[9] she did not experiment with her sexuality until her twenties.[citation needed]



  1. ^ [1] Lea T., Transsexual Model, Talks Sex Change & The Night She Found Herself
  2. ^ [2] Lea T, the Givenchy muse, is an intersex model who was identified as male at birth, and named by her parents Leandro Cerezo before deciding to undergo sex reassignment surgery and become fully female.
  3. ^ [3] Lea T: "Nunca tive namorada nem namorado"
  4. ^ "21 Transgender People Who Influenced American Culture". Time Magazine. 
  5. ^ [4] 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."
  6. ^ "'Sou mais homem do que mulher', diz Lea T. após cirurgia" (in Portuguese). Globo.com. 2013-01-29. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  7. ^ Ceribelli, Renata (2013-01-28). "Lea T.: "Nunca vou ser 100% mulher, mesmo depois da cirurgia"" (in Portuguese). WordPress.com. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  8. ^ "'O resultado atendeu minhas expectativas', diz Lea T sobre cirurgia de mudança de sexo" (in Portuguese). Caras. 2013-02-09. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  9. ^ [5] Lea T.: Who Is She?