January 5, 2012
ONLINE REPORTS - It's been a busy year for Lea T.
The transsexual featured on the runway for the first time and was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey.
And it looks as though the rising's star's hard work paid off - as she has landed her first mainstream magazine cover.
Lea T., whose father is former footballer Toninho Cerezo, is the star of the Elle Brazil December issue - wearing Givenchy of course.
The 28-year-old model was discovered by the label's designer Riccardo Tisci.
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 fame.
Speaking to Oprah in February, 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.