Australian model Andrej Pejic caused quite a stir here on The Stir when I wrote about Andrej a few months ago.
Many of you were surprised that "she" was actually a HE, and annoyed that the fashion industry was using a man's body to model women's clothes.
Others of you thought it was fantastically inclusive that Andrej is getting so much work in a high-profile industry.
Well on that note, MOVE OVER ANDREJ.
Lea T is the next big androgynous modeling sensation.
And yes, Lea T is transsexual.
Discovered by Givenchy's creative director and featured in its Fall 2010 campaign, Lea T has appeared everywhere from Italian Vanity Fair to the Fashion Week runways of Brazil.
She even posed nude recently for French Vogue. And I do mean NUDE.
Click here to see the photo, but be warned -- it's definitely not safe for work.
What bothers me about Lea T's popularity is that I don't think it's about education or tolerance or inclusivity as far as the fashion industry is concerned.
I think this trend is simply the latest calculated "shocker." The latest shtick. Another way to keep designers in the magazines and newspapers.
And that's sad when people's lives and feelings are potentially on the line.
Here's what Lea T recently told The Guardian:
We transsexuals are born and grow up alone. After the operation, we are born again, but once again alone. And we die alone. It is the price we pay.
I hope that Lea T can find happiness in her new body, and that the fashion industry doesn't simply chew her up and spit her back out.
What do you think of the transgender/transsexual modeling trend?