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Lea T. Speaks

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"I've never had a girlfriend or a boyfriend," says transsexual model Lea T. who, since starring in last season's Givenchy campaign, has become a bit of a celebrity—even booking a spot on Oprah's last season. The model, who was born Leandro Cerezo Medeiros, gave an interview to Brazilian magazine Quem and said, "Even with surgery, I'll never be a woman. And I will not be man. I'll always be the middle... My father said I'll always be his little black boy. That he'll love me if I am man, woman or dog. My mother is very religious. She refuses, but says she will not leave me." [Quem]