You Need To Follow Lea T On Instagram, Like, Now

The 2016 Olympics kick off in Rio on Aug. 5, and there’s an especially important aspect about the opening ceremony. Transgender model Lea T, aka Lea Cerezo, will be the first trans individual to be part of the lighting of the Olympic Torch. If you’re not already familiar with the Brazilian-born model, Lea T’s Instagram is a great place to get to know her.

Considering she was born in Brazil and her dad was a soccer player, I’m sure there are a lot of reasons the Rio Olympics are important to her. Not only is it an honor to participate in something as grand as the Olympic Opening Ceremony, but it’s also huge to carry the weight of sending an important message. "I can’t say anything yet, we need to keep the surprise, but the message is clear: include everyone, no matter their gender, sexual orientation, race or religion," the model told BBC. "We are all human beings and we are part of society. My role at the ceremony will help send this message."

And that is definitely something she is not afraid to do. She’s been open about her transition process, which first began in 2008, according to the Huffington Post. Since then, she’s been in the public eye in a big way, gracing the Givenchy runway and serving as the face of Redken. Her Instagram account celebrates nature and fashion and provides a plethora of hair inspiration. So, for those reasons alone — you need to put Lea T. on your radar. Your Instagram feed will be all the better for it.

1. Textiles

She's got an eye for patterns, and you can count on her to post the coolest prints.


Her fashion sense is incredible. You're going to love scrolling through her outfits.

3. Motivation

This model is already quite an inspiration, but it doesn't hurt to have a little extra boost of motivation from time to time.

4. Nature

T is constantly posing in the most beautiful places. Be prepared for your wanderlust to increase.

5. No Makeup

She really seems to respect natural beauty in all forms. So, if you love a good makeup-free selfie, you'll find plenty of those here.

6. Puppies

Because who doesn't love an adorable pup on their feed?

7. Hair Inspo

It's clear why she was selected to represent Redken. Everything from her shiny sleek hair to her braided curls will inspire your next hairdos, for sure.

Be sure to follow her on Instagram and tune in at 8 p.m. ET to watch Lea T make history.