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Meet Victoria’s Secret’s First Openly Transgender Model

Valentina Sampaio is now Victoria's Secret's first openly transgender model — and this isn't the first time the 22-year-old has broken barriers in the fashion world. 👏

Transgender models are becoming increasingly prevalent

She's the first transgender model to be hired by Victoria’s Secret. Valentina Sampaio announced the news on Instagram. Never stop dreaming gentee. Sampaio was born in Aquiraz, Brazil, on December 10, 1996. In 2017, she made herself known by becoming the first transgender model to make the cover of Vogue Paris. “Where I grew up…I grew up in the northeast region of Brazil, in the State of Ceará. I was protected there, in that little place where everyone knows and respects each other,” Sampaio says.

Transgender models are becoming increasingly prevalent. After playing a young trans woman in the series Pose, Indya Moore was the first transgender woman to make the cover of Elle magazine in May 2019. She has also worked for Louis Vuitton and L’Oréal. There isn’t a lot of representation for gender variant or trans people, so anywhere I go, I’m always showing up in the best way that I can because visibility is important, and people need to be able to see people like them in these spaces.

Laverne Cox also plays a trans woman in the series Orange Is the New Black. In 2018, she was the first transgender woman to make the cover of Cosmopolitan. She is also an icon for defending sexual minorities. “I’m proud, I think we’re at an important stage, where fashion is an instrument that enables things to happen more easily. It’s a time when we’re debating, we’re talking about it, so that in the future, we can free ourselves from these labels, from these prejudices that control human beings. “This idea that gender is binary is really difficult for a lot of people. It’s really challenging for a lot of people, for trans people that are here, who’ve been here for a really long time. So, that requires a different kind of thinking to really acknowledge our existence,” concludes Cox.

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08/07/2019 5:59 PM
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48 comments

  • Brut
    08/07/2019 18:05

    Actress, model and activist Leyna Bloom made history as the first transgender woman of color to star in a movie at Cannes Film Festival. This is her story.

  • Anna M.
    08/07/2019 18:32

    Beautiful!

  • Steven T.
    08/07/2019 18:35

    So you mean to tell me, " The most beautiful woman in the world was a guy." ? WOW !.......... ( I am getting old.)

  • Yama Z.
    08/07/2019 18:37

    Ewwwwwwwww

  • Kristin O.
    08/07/2019 18:51

    They’re all beautiful!

  • Michael W.
    08/08/2019 00:52

    good looking dude

  • Retha D.
    08/08/2019 01:57

    He is much prettier than Michele.

  • Clayton S.
    08/08/2019 03:37

    I love that so many homophobic guys are going to pull the willie to her in the VS catalog and realize the truth only after. Kind of poetic justice.

  • James G.
    08/08/2019 04:43

    Wow you really gotta watch what your looking at these days lol just plane wrong and nasty

  • Javor K.
    08/08/2019 06:18

    bye bye brut, youre purpose is long gone, you are serving different interests

  • Abrar A.
    08/08/2019 07:39

    👆🤓

  • Jevaughn D.
    08/08/2019 09:02

    🤮

  • Nevin S.
    08/08/2019 09:07

    YOU PEOPLE ARE INSANE- celebrating mental health disorders, how sad

  • Jj S.
    08/08/2019 10:52

    Take all that make up off,and she's a dude!Come on people.

  • Kate S.
    08/08/2019 10:53

    She's gorgeous.

  • Neil W.
    08/08/2019 11:34

    gee... HE looks like a pretty woman

  • Perry E.
    08/08/2019 12:44

    Good for her

  • Arbi G.
    08/08/2019 14:08

    We sorry God 😥

  • Dave F.
    08/08/2019 18:42

    Good for him

  • Rudy M.
    08/08/2019 18:51

    Dude Looks Like A Lady!