Trans Model Lea T. On Gender Identity

By: Brodie

The striking model who landed a Givenchy campaign and a spot on Oprah’s couch in the final season of her show opens up her feelings as she prepares for surgery this spring.

In an interview translated from Portuguese, Lea who is known as Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy's muse, says:

“I’ve never had a girlfriend or a boyfriend ... Even with surgery, I’ll never be a woman. And I will not be man. I’ll always be the middle… My father said I’ll always be his little black boy. That he’ll love me if I am man, woman or dog. My mother is very religious. She refuses, but says she will not leave me.”

Lea, born Leandro Cerezo Medeiros, will walk for Alexandre Herchcovitch at Sao Paulo Fashion Week this month according to the Huffington Post.