Lea T is a Brazilian born transgender model, her last name T stands for Tisci. She is 36 years old and was born in 1981. She is the daughter of a well-known Brazilian football player and is part of the LGBT community. In 2011 she stated in an interview that she was going to be undergoing sex reassignment surgery. Her surgery went ahead in 2012, it took 2 weeks after the surgery before she felt happy with the results. Even before she had the surgery she was already in the modelling industry and became the face of Givenchy in 2010 as well doing her first runway at Sao Paulo Fashion Week.
Working in the industry she has worked for Vogue Paris, Interview Magazine, Cover Magazine and Love Magazine. In one of her covers on Love Magazine she is featured with Kate Moss another incredibly well known model. She has been named by Forbes Magazine in 2015 as one of the 12 women who have changed Italian fashion. She was very proud in 2014 when she became the first openly transgender model to front a global cosmetics brand which was a hair company from America named RedKen. Come 2016 she was still making her way through the industry and creating a name for herself when she lead the Brazilian team in the Olympic opening ceremony into the stadium on her bike in RIO. She has had so much opportunity in the industry and has taken all of it to better herself and help show that being transgender does not make you unable to be in the industry.
Lea’s Givenchy’s add was her break in the industry. This campaign was created to fund Lea’s surgery as she was struggling to find the money since her family were unsupportive of the idea at the beginning she and even considered selling her body for prostitution to get the money. Tisci was not in agreement with this which was what inspired him to create the campaign. There were a number of transgender models used in this AW campaign in 2010, when creating the campaign Tisci did not worry about the impact of using transgender models would have on his campaign he just wanted the campaign to be successful. Even now years on after the campaign Tisci and Lea are still close friends.
In an interview that Lea had with New York Magazine she was asked “you don’t see yourself as a
beauty icon?” and she stated that no she didn’t. Also she stated that she believed since Caitlyn Jenner became transgender people have started opening their minds more to the idea of people being transgender and that more people are opening up as it. She is an inspiration to other transgender people who are in the industry as well as those who are looking to break into the industry. She believes she was put on earth for a reason and this is what she was made to do.