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Kate Moss and Lea T embrace the latest Love cover

My love affair with Love covers continues with the latest edition of the magazine, which sees transsexual model Lea T. and a masculine-styled Kate Moss lock lips for the androgyny issue, bluntly titled, “This is hardcore”.

Editor Katie Grand told the Telegraph how she met Riccardo Tisci’s muse, Lea T., remembering, “I was by the pool at the Copacabana Palace Hotel when I saw her. At first I didn’t notice her gender; just that she was wearing Givenchy couture and looked amazing!”

Lea, born Leandro Cerezo, the son of Brazilian football player Toninho Cerezo, was discovered by Givenchy’s creative director Riccardo Tisci. She went on to star in his campaigns, pose for French Vogue and the cover of Italian Vanity Fair. I wrote an in-depth article about her: here

The striking image for Love, shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, will no doubt see issues flying off the shelves. Unfortunately, this will probably be over-shadowed by the simultaneous Justin Bieber cover, as Beliebers or Bieberites (or whatever the hell the kids are calling themselves these days) scramble over themselves to own anything and everything with his face on it.

Renowned for releasing multiple covers per issue, it appears that Justin Bieber’s feminine looks have landed him the tounge-in-cheek cover shot.  Although it hasn’t been released how the Bieber/Love connection was made, I wonder if the singer was informed that his cover would in fact be for the androgyny issue. I hope the answer is yes, and that the performer, who has even inspired a website, ‘Lesbians who look like Justin Bieber‘, where readers can send in pictures of female lookalikes, was fair game.

The latest issue of bi-annual Love magazine goes on sale on February 7th.

Corinne Day Obituary

Legendary melancholic fashion photographer, Corrine Day, passed away on Friday August 27th after an on-going battle with brain cancer.

Raised in Ickenham, west London by her grandmother, Day had a turbulent childhood. She had claimed that her mother ran a brothel – which was, probably, half-way to explaining her attitude towards sex and her annoyance at the sexualisation of fashion – while her tearaway father was emotionally distant.

After leaving school without many qualifications, Day’s first job was as a courier where, during one flight, a photographer told her she should be a model. Taking his advice, despite being only 5ft 6in and considered too short for the catwalk, Day appeared in adverts in the US and Australia, and catalogues in Japan. There she met her lifetime partner Mark Szaszy, who taught her how to use his camera. Eventually they settled in Milan, where Day began photographing other struggling young models.

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Yves Saint Laurent Parisienne with Kate Moss

The recession has hit everyone and even high fashion brands are not immune. According to sales figures the perfume (and Male Underwear) sector has been hit the worst, dropping up to 80%.

In such a risky market Yves Saint Laurent are taking no risks by choosing Kate Moss to be the face of their new perfume, Parisienne. Despite behaviour at the GQ Awards, shoots like this show why Kate Moss remains the most wanted supermodel in the UK.

See the advert here (photography by Craig McDean).