Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci has been applauded for featuring a transgender model in his fashion label’s new Northern hemisphere fall-winter advertising campaign.
Tisci has used his long-time transgender personal assistant Lea T – formerly Leo – alongside a group of nine other diverse models in the campaign.
“She’s always been very feminine: super fragile, very aristocratic,” Tisci told WWD about his Brazilian assistant, who is apparently also studying veterinary medicine.
“She’s part of the family,” he added.
According to the website, Tisci explained that “including a transgender person exemplifies the masculine-feminine dichotomy that has become one of his design signatures…”
In the ad on the left, Lea T is wearing red lipstick and a feathered top.