Lea T the Givenchy muse was born a man called Leandro Cerezo

Updated: 2010-08-03
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Lea T. was born Leandro Cerezo in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, as the son of soccer star Toninho Cerezo.  


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Though Lea did not begin experimenting with her sexuality until she went to school in Italy, she tells French Vogue that both she and her father knew she was different.


Lea T, the 28-year-old muse of Givenchy's creative director Riccardo Tisci and star of the label's new ad campaign, has caused a stir after revealing that she used to be a MAN.

The Brazilian bombshell was plucked from the backroom staff of posh fashion giant Givenchy to star in its ad campaigns.

The leggy brunette — born a man called Leandro Cerezo — will also soon appear in Italian Vanity Fair and has posed naked for French Vogue.

Lea, 28, is currently having hormone replacement therapy before undergoing a sex change operation.

The beauty said the transformation has meant she has been shunned by her strict Catholic family — including her dad — former Brazil international footballer Toninho Cerezo.

The model said her father "doesn't even like to touch on this matter".

But she has remained positive saying: "The choice is between being unhappy forever or trying to be happy."

Givenchy's creative director, Riccardo Tisci, said of Lea: "She's a true goddess.

"She's always been very feminine - super-fragile, very aristocratic."




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