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Lea T made history this week when Redken announced that she would front the haircare brand, reportedly making her the first transgender model to become the face of a global cosmetics brand.
“I love working with Redken because they appreciate all kinds of beauty," Lea T reportedly stated. "They believe in the individuality of the person, and I think that’s really important.”
Lea T was reportedly discovered in 2010 by Givenchy artistic director Riccardo Tisci -- having since been called the world's first transgender supermodel by Oprah.
While she is breaking new ground with her Redken role, Lea T isn't alone within the transgender model community. In July, supermodel Andreja Pejic came out as transgender and later launched a campaign encouraging others to come out and live authentically. Carmen Carrera also came out as transgender after rising to fame as a contestant on "RuPaul's Drag Race."