Head MEN in Charge | GIVENCHY

It is refreshing when men are willing to go in a different direction despite the backlash. Givenchy cast a transgender model in its fall 2010 ad campaign. Some folks better get with the program because the world is changing and accepting gay and transgenders folks in their fold. Folks that who are innovative and setting trends are moving forward, pass you and pushing your asses out the way….Next! Truly thinking out of the box by using a transgendered model during a time when being gay is such a serious social issue in our society.

Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci has taken the whole idea of “coed fashion shoot” to another level: The designer is using a transexual among the cast for the house’s fall-winter ad campaign, and it’s someone he knows well: his longtime personal assistant and, interestingly enough, former fit model for his own line. Lea T., a Brazilian with delicate features previously known as Leo, appears alongside an ethnically diverse range of faces in the spots, slated to break in the July issue of L’Uomo Vogue. “She’s always been very feminine: superfragile, very aristocratic,” Tisci enthused of the former Mr. T. “She’s part of the family,” he said, noting that Lea is transitioning into a new career, veterinary medicine, in Milan.
While some women might find the edgy ads a matter of taste, Tisci explained that including a transgender person exemplifies the masculine-feminine dichotomy that has become one of his design signatures and follows coed casting for his Paris runway last March.
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