lea t. for luvre

by Jeremy Danté

landing the cover of luvre, lea t. of women model management milan appears stunningly in givenchy. seen in black & white for issue no. 4; lea has been a hot topic in the world of fashion & has had a number of highly visible opportunities to break barriers as the world’s first transexual female model. while i applaud modern ideals & support breaking new ground, i wonder how strongly the industry would have reacted, had lea not been involved with the house of givenchy. while it’s known that lea is a good friend of givenchy creative director, ricardo tisci, she was also once employed as his assistant. that said, many of her biggest breaks in fashion include her involvement with tisci in direct association with the house of givenchy. landing campaigns & booking the haute couture show for the house that your good friend directs is wonderful; but is that where lea’s fashion opportunities live & die? will other fashion houses embrace her as the face of their brand? after givenchy, will the house of chanel, yves saint laurent or versace follow? time will definitely tell how much longevity lea will be able to sustain in the coming year, as well as the coming season. fashion is about playing favorites, but is also about versatility & likeability, how well you can transform.  that said, i applaud ms. t’s brave spirit in allowing herself to become a topic of discussion. groundbreaking.

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