Thursday, July 22, 2010

Model Profile: Lea T

For their latest campaign Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci cast his long-term friend and assistant Leo, only Leo does not look like a Leo... Leo is a transgender model who is now going by the name Lea T. 

To follow on from the Givenchy campaign and to give us all an education on what transgenders look like Lea T has posed nude in this month’s edition of French Vogue. At first glance I thought this photo was of a beautiful Brazilian model, it was only when my eyes dropped to Lea T's nether region I discovered the 'pee pee'.

I think this is a really positive movement that our sheltered world needs. It was only a few months ago the Olympic track runner Caster Semenya was publically humiliated through the Olympic committee threatening to take her medals off her if she did not agree to a gender test. 

I think what Lea T has done is extremely courageous and brave. The one thing I like about Lea T is that whether or not she is a boy or a girl, she is beautiful, controversies and very, very different - and to me that is exactly what fashion should be. Lea T shows that beauty comes in many shapes and sizes and differences are something that should be celebrated not humiliated.

I was hoping to see more of this unconventional beauty but rumor has it she is quitting the runways to become a vet – brains, beauty, boobs and balls, some people just get all the luck!

I would love to know your thoughts... comment away! 

Nike & Art?

The brainpower at Nike has decided their sports fanatic target market is just too niche, so their new campaign is targeted to the artistically advantaged. To celebrate the 'Nike 78' shoe, Nike has given 78 artists complete freedom to redefine what sports shoes are.

When I first saw this campaign, I thought it was a bad move on Nike's part, artists are not athletic! They float through life surrounded in a haze of smoke, drinking double espressos, and complaining about bureaucracy. This image is very far from 'Just Do It' slogan Nike has built it's empire upon, but some how this campaign works. The artists created some amazing pieces that will be shown in exhibitions around the world.

I think this campaign really brings Nike down to earth, for so long they have been on a pedestal always choosing the best of the best to represent the brand. This campaign diversifies the Nike brand and brings the label into a new cultural realm.

You can see the rest of it at

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Breathing walls

Holidays for me, consist of telling my boyfriend I am going to clean the house, but actually staying in bed all day on the internet. But if I didn't have this incredibly lazy, time wasting hobby, I may have never came across this amazing interior.

I wonder how long it will take for my messy apartment to start growing its own moss on the walls?

Tim Burton

I spent the last week in the winter wonderland that is Melbourne. We went down for my cousin's 21st, but as if we needed a reason to escape Brisbane. My 6 friends also came down, our friendship group reminds me somewhat of an over loving Italian family, it wouldn't surprise me if I woke up in ten years time and they were all living in my street! Lucky I like them.

We went to the Tim Burton exhibition 'up late'. Going to the up late session meant there were bands playing and aliens dancing. Never one to shy from a crowd my Aunty Shirley began dirty dancing with the aliens, one of the alien's even gave her flowers!

The exhibition was amazing! I had no idea how talented Tim Burton was! Before he became a film director he was an animator for Disney, he must have kept every single drawing he ever did because there was over 700 sketches, poems, drawing boards and models, what a hoarder. I guess if I was that amazing though, I would probably keep my own toilet paper. Burton's drawings were so raw, it was incredible to see the first drafted stages of his characters that had since became so famous.

The costumes were my favorite part, three of Johnny Depp's costumes were on display - it was like he was almost there, almost! His Edward Scissor hands costume was mostly made out of black electrical tape and broken tyre rubber - talk about a Hollywood budget!

For the first time the Alice in Wonderland costumes were shown to the public, but in the flesh they look pretty boring, which isn't surprising considering how many special effects destroyed that movie. My pick was Michelle Pfeiffer's Cat Women outift, although it made me not want to eat for a month - gosh she was skinny!

There were no camera's in the gallery, which was a god send. People blocking my view whilst taking photos is my biggest pet hate! I found a few photos on the internet though of my favorites, if you're in Melbourne definitely go to this exhibition, but avoid weekends, the lines are huge.