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Transgender Models Making Splash in Brazil
Brazil's trans-models have added a pinch of exoticism to the country's showcase modeling sector.
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In this Dec. 4, 2012 photo, Brazilian transgender model Felipa Tavares poses for photos during a photo session in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 6-foot-tall Tavares is among Brazil's small but growing ranks of transgender models _ leggy, high-cheekboned sirens who were born men and are causing a splash here as well as in Paris and other international fashion capitals. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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In this Dec. 4, 2012 photo, Brazilian transgender model Felipa Tavares has her makeup applied in preparation for a photo session in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 6-foot-tall Tavares is among Brazil's small but growing ranks of transgender models _ leggy, high-cheekboned sirens who were born men and are causing a splash here as well as in Paris and other international fashion capitals. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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FILE - In this June 1, 2011 file photo, Brazilian model Lea T. wears a creation by Blue Man during the Fashion Rio Summer 2012 collection in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Today's trans-model trend exploded with Lea T., a 5-foot-11-inch stunner who catapulted to international stardom in 2010 as the muse of coveted Paris couture label Givenchy. Lea T. was born a boy to Brazilian soccer-star Leandro Cerezo. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)
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In this Dec. 4, 2012 photo, Brazilian transgender model Felipa Tavares poses for portraits during a photo session in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 6-foot-tall Tavares is among Brazil's small but growing ranks of transgender models _ leggy, high-cheekboned sirens who were born men and are causing a splash here as well as in Paris and other international fashion capitals. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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In this Dec. 4, 2012 photo, Brazilian transgender model Felipa Tavares, left, and Sergio Mattos, director of the modeling agency 40 Graus Models, look at photos in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With her sharp features and long lanky silhouette, 26-year-old Tavares said she'd always harbored vague dreams of becoming a model. But growing up a boy in the interior of Minas Gerais state, far from Brazil's glitzy coastal metropoli of Rio and Sao Paulo, it always felt like something of a pipe dream, she said. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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In this Dec. 4, 2012 photo, Brazilian transgender model Felipa Tavares is photographed by fashion photographer Emerson Muniz during a photo session in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 6-foot-tall Tavares is among Brazil's small but growing ranks of transgender models _ leggy, high-cheekboned sirens who were born men and are causing a splash here as well as in Paris and other international fashion capitals. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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In this Dec. 4, 2012 photo, Brazilian transgender model Felipa Tavares poses for portraits during a photo session in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 6-foot-tall Tavares is among Brazil's small but growing ranks of transgender models _ leggy, high-cheekboned sirens who were born men and are causing a splash here as well as in Paris and other international fashion capitals. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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In this Dec. 4, 2012 photo, Brazilian transgender model Felipa Tavares poses for photos during a photo session in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 6-foot-tall Tavares is among Brazil's small but growing ranks of transgender models _ leggy, high-cheekboned sirens who were born men and are causing a splash here as well as in Paris and other international fashion capitals. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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Transgender Models Making Splash in Brazil

Brazil's trans-models have added a pinch of exoticism to the country's showcase modeling sector.

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