Transgender model Lea T takes to the catwalk in Milan and wows the crowd wearing hotpants and studded statement heels for luxury label Phillip Plein
17:33 GMT, 25 September 2012
17:41 GMT, 25 September 2012
As the fashion world's most prominent transgender model, Lea T's career is going from strength to strength.
After gracing the front cover of prestigious glossy Elle Brazil magazine and appearing on the Oprah Winfrey show, Lea has taken to the catwalk at Milan Fashion Week.
The brunette opened and closed the Phillip Plein show and, according to Vogue Italia, had an exclusive with the Swiss designer.
Transgender model Lea T walks the runway at the Philipp Plein Spring/Summer 2013 fashion show in Milan
The Brazilian beauty, who has endless legs, donned a printed crop top which was paired with high-waisted shorts and some dazzling gold and silver accessories.
In the closing walk, she wore a flowing black embellished gown with chunky necklaces and long flowing hair.
Lea T., who went under the knife to make the dramatic change last year, was discovered by the Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci.
The daughter of former
footballer Toninho Cerezo, she first appeared on the cover of Love magazine, a biannual published by
Conde Nast, locking lips with Kate Moss – an image that propelled her to
Lea T. has so far had a thriving career as a model, featuring on catwalks and magazine covers alike
Speaking to Oprah in February 2011, Lea broke down as she talked about the challenges
she faced when she began the gender reassignment process in 2008.
She told Oprah: 'I was hoping I was gay. I was like, ok, I'm gay, because for my family
it's less painful.
'I wish I could accept my body as a man. I would
be a straight guy, having a girlfriend and a family, daughters, married,
a normal life, but it's something in your brain.'
But she needn't have any regrets as her mannish look is proving popular in the industry.
Lea T attended the Juergen Teller Dinner Hosted By Moschino during Milan Fashion Week