Riccardo Tisci Reveals Moving Reason for Casting Trans Model in Iconic AW10 Campaign

Lea T (second from right) in the Givenchy AW10 campaign. Image courtesy of Givenchy
Lea T (second from right) in the Givenchy AW10 campaign. Image courtesy of Givenchy

“When Lea told her family (she wanted to have gender reassignment surgery), their reaction was not so good,” Tisci recounted. “So she called me one day at six in the morning, and she was destroyed. Destroyed. And she said, ‘I want to prostitute myself. I want to go to the street because I don’t have money to do (the operation), my family doesn’t give me the money, and I don’t care what I have to do for it. For once in my life, I understand what I want to be, and nobody is going to stop me.'”

“The fact that she told me that she wanted to be a prostitute, it killed me,” Tisci continued. “I decided to do the campaign for two reasons. To help Lea financially, and because who says so that a transsexual cannot be a top model? Even when I called the photographers, they were like, ‘A transsexual?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, a transsexual. She’s a beautiful girl, you guys are going to meet her, she’s amazing.'”

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