More and more often, trend magazines are playing with breaking down the age-old vision of woman as an object – whether it’s sexual, artistic or inspirational – and are presenting an image of a woman who’s aware of her own power, and capable of getting men and women to do what she wants. Inrockuptibles, Interview and Tetu are just some examples of magazines where you can clearly see men turned into sexual objects in the hands of famous women, whether young or more mature (such as Catherine Deneuve). The latest is the British magazine Love, which has taken a further step forward with its cover featuring an androgynously-styled Kate Moss kissing Lea T, the fashion world’s latest revelation.
Indeed, Lea T was born Leandro Cerezo to a well-known father – Brazilian football star Toninho Cerezo. Today, aged 28 and waiting to undergo a definitive sex change, Lea is the most wanted on the catwalks, and is the face and muse of Givenchy. The latest and most popular transgender celebrity is Kayo Satoh, the twenty-two year-old Japanese model who announced live on TV that she is actually a he: no sex change, just carefully applied make up that enhances her “natural”, feminine beauty. Fashion has no limits, especially when it comes to gender.