First Look: Givenchy Fall 2010 Ads with Ming Xi, Catherine McNeil, and Riccardo Tisci's Former Fit Model, Lea T.
The campaign for the new line by Givenchy features model Lea T. who was formally known as Leo and is among one of the only transgender models to really make a name for themselves in the fashion world.
The delicate features and slender body of Lea T. along side the fact that she is Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci old assistant and close friend were the foot through the door that opened up the world of modeling.
“Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci has taken the whole idea of ‘coed fashion shoot’ to another level: The designer is using a [transgender model] among the cast for the house’s fall-winter ad campaign, and it’s someone he knows well: his longtime personal assistant and, interestingly enough, former fit model for his own line. Lea T., a Brazilian with delicate features previously known as Leo, appears alongside an ethnically diverse range of faces in the spots, slated to break in the July issue of L’Uomo Vogue. ‘She’s always been very feminine: superfragile, very aristocratic,’ Tisci enthused of the former Mr. T. ‘She’s part of the family,’ he said, noting that Lea is transitioning into a new career, veterinary medicine, in Milan,” WWD writes.