Transgender supermodel Lea T is one of the fabulous “Faces of Color” featured in the United Colors of Benetton’s spring/summer 2013 ad campaign.
With the goal of painting their future, Benetton united nine personalities, including veteran catwalker Alek Wek, Rihanna’s “We Found Love” beau Dudley O’Shaughnessy and fashion model/Isabella Rossellini offspring Elettra Wiedemann.
Together with Lady T, they represent the brand’s “ambassadors for life and style,” chosen for their multiculturalism, cosmopolitan spirit and social commitment.
Benetton’s bio on the Brazilian bombshell:
Lea T was born in Brazil in 1981 as Leandro Cerezo. She is one on the world’s current favourites in the fashion modeling industry.
Lea T is the daughter of the well known former Brazilian football player Toninho Cerezo, she was born as male and she had sex-reassignment surgery in March 2012. She was discovered by Givenchy Creative Director Riccardo Tisci and became the face of Givenchy Campaign in 2010.
Her first runway was for Alexandre Herchovitch during São Paulo Fashion Week in January 2011.
She has been featured in editorials in Vogue Paris, Hercules, Interview, Love working with photographers as Mario Sorrenti, Mert and Marcus, Terry Richardson. In 2011 she was also the cover star of the Spring/Summer 2011 edition of Love magazine featuring her kissing Kate Moss.
Lea T was special guest at the Oprah Winfrey Show in January 2011.
Images from the campaign will be used for a limited edition T-shirt savailable online at shop.benetton.com and in flagship United Colors of Benetton stores, with all proceeds going to Benetton’s UNHATE Foundation.
Photos: United Colors of Benetton