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Transsexual Model Lea T. Gets Ready to Go Mainstream With Oprah

Gender-bending transsexual model Lea T., muse and dear friend of Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci, is preparing to take her inspiring message mainstream with a feature in the works for Oprah Winfrey's network. Already something of a modeling phenom having starred in the fall '10 Givenchy campaign, an editorial for Vogue Paris, and a striking LOVE cover, Lea finally gives us a sneak peak into the story behind the girl—how she met Riccardo, the difficulties of being a transsexual in Catholic Italy, and why she finally decided to make a go of modeling. The interview with Wayne Sterling is endearing, refreshing, and heart-warming—something we wish we wish we could say of models more often. We can't wait to see her this Fashion Week and hope her success will continue to give hope to all those that feel alienation from the norm. You go, girl! Check out the video, after the break! (Models)