Vogue Presents Its First Transgender Cover Model: Valentina Sampaio
Gracing the cover of Vogue is the most coveted job for high fashion models. It’s a dream so many young girls have growing up, including transgender model Valentina Sampaio. The stunning Brazilian model broke down one of the fashion industries biggest barriers when she was put on Vogue Paris’s March cover.
“I’ve realized a dream of such size I can’t describe it,” Sampaio said in an interview with BuzzFeed News. The 20-year-old model is the first transgender to be on the cover of any edition of Vogue. “Things have happened so fast I’ve barely had time to process and think about what all this means.”
Sampaio just started modeling in the last year, doing local shows and photo shoots near her hometown in Brazil and walking in São Paulo Fashion Week. Her quick rise to fame and her game changing Vogue cover are both milestones for the transgender community.
“The world has taken huge steps for transgender people in recent years,” Sampaio said. “My cover is another small step — an important step that shows we have the force to be Vogue cover girls.”
Sampaio isn’t the only one who see’s what a great step this is for the transgender community:
“This is without a doubt a game changer and it reflects a new era,” Jorge Grimberg, a Brazilian fashion correspondent for Vogue US, said to BuzzFeed News.
Sampaio’s cover is a step in the right direction I’m so happy to see. The fight for trans equality is far from over but every little barrier trans people break down is something to be celebrated.
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