Published: Wed, February 15, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

Valentina Sampaio Is French Vogue's First-Ever Transgender Cover Model

Valentina Sampaio Is French Vogue's First-Ever Transgender Cover Model

She's previously appeared on the cover of ELLE Brazil, and there are now rumours flying about that she could be the first trans Victoria's Secret angel.

Photographer duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot shot the portrait, which accompanies the title "Transgender beauty: How they're shaking up the world".

In a similar turn of events, Vogue Paris is all set to feature a transgender model on its cover for the first time.

Joining the likes of Gigi Hadid, Kate Moss and Kendall Jenner, the magazine's editor, Emmanuelle Alt, said Valentina had "beauty striking enough to stun on the cover of Vogue".

"We are living in a world at the moment, what is happening right now, we are stepping back", says editor Emmanuelle Alt.

See a second cover featuring Valentina in the gallery (above)! "This cover is about the importance of those rights, and that we still need to make progress on an bad lot of stuff".

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According to American Vogue, Alt wanted to put a transgender model on the cover, and Sampaio's Instagram impressed her.

In her editorial, Ms Alt added that the Brazilian is the "absolute equal" of any other iconic women in fashion.

Calling Sampaio the "glam standard-bearer of a cause that is on the march", the French edition of Vogue describes the 22-year-old as a "femme fatale" who happened to be born a boy.

Valentina landed the cover not only for her looks and personality, but because "despite herself she embodies an age-old, arduous struggle to be recognized and not to be perceived as something Other; a gender exile".

Alt looked forward to a day when transgender models will be accepted by the fashion industry then " will we know that the battle is won." she concluded. We need more transgender representation in the fashion world and everywhere!

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