Trannies Taking Over The Catwalk
Watch out Naomi…transgenders are coming for your crown. If you’ve been living under a rock and still don’t know what ‘transgender’ means, let me break it down for you so it will be forever and consistently broke (I love Love Jones!!!) Transgender is the state of one’s “gender identity” (self-identification as woman, man, neither or both) not matching one’s “assigned sex” (identification by others as male, female or intersex based on physical/genetic sex). “Transgender” does not imply any specific form of sexual orientation.
Bosnian model Andrej Pejic, and Brazilian Lea T are causing a frenzy in the world of high fashion. Natural born female supermodels are glancing nervously over their bony shoulders at their male counterparts whose flawless gender bending looks and statuesque physiques have made them famous.
Andrej Pejic had many people question his gender when he made his first appearance at Jean Paul Gaultier’s Spring 2011 show. That same season, he also made an appearance walking for John Galliano, Paul Smith and Raf Simons. Andrej was then featured in an editorial for Vogue Paris September 2010, photographed by Mert & Marcus. Since then, the undeniable star has gone on to be photographed by Willy Vanderperre, Steven Meisel and Juergen Teller. Pejic was actually discovered while working at McDonalds. Pejic was spotted shortly before his seventeenth birthday. “I was working in McDonald’s part time, and this guy came in — he wanted a cheeseburger. He then told me to see him at his modelling agency.” Did he think you were a woman? “I don’t know, he didn’t say. Obviously, when I went into the agency, they figured it all out … But they signed me up right away.”
As the face of Givenchy, the darling of Carine Roitfeld and Kate Moss’s co-star on the cover of LOVE magazine, Lea T is the fashion world’s hottest property right now. But the story behind the Brazilian supermodel’s success is even more fascinating, as she was actually born Leandro Cerezo – male – and is undergoing hormone replacement therapy in preparation for a full sex-change. The 28-year-old, whose father is former footballer Toninho Cerezo, spoke of her difficult transition from man to woman in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. ‘When you start the hormones, it’s really, really hard. It’s not a game. Your body starts to change in a short time,’ she said. “‘The skin is changed a lot. The cheek bones grow. The hair, it becomes super long. The hips become bigger.” Lea told Oprah that she had always felt different, even as a child, and for a long time hoped she was simply gay, because it would have been easier for her family to accept.
As the muse of Givenchy’s creative director Riccardo Tisci, Lea T has graced the catwalk at the label’s Haute Couture shows, and starred in its campaign. But the designer first spotted the Brazilian beauty’s potential when she was appointed as his personal assistant. In an interview with trade title WWD he said: ‘Lea has innate elegance – she’s a true goddess!’ ‘She’s always been very feminine – super-fragile, very aristocratic. ‘She’s part of the [Givenchy] family,’ he added.