Valentina Sampaio Makes History as The First Transgender Model on The Cover of Vogue Paris
Brazilian model Valentina Sampaio has just made history as the first transgender model to appear on the cover of Vogue Paris. The March issue is typically the second largest issue of the year for magazines, signifying the gravity of Vogue Paris's cover choice. The headline reads "Transgender Beauty: How They're Shaking up the World."
The magazine, which hits shops end of February, revealed the cover on Instagram with a caption reading:
"This month we are proud to celebrate transgender beauty and how models like Valentina Sampaio, who is posing for her first ever Vogue cover, are changing the face of fashion and deconstructing prejudice."
On the magazine's website, Editor in Chief Emmanuelle Alt spoke about the decision to cast Valentina:
"She is the absolute equal of Gisele, Daria, Edie or Anna. Apart from one small detail: Valentina, the femme fatale, was born a boy. [She] embodies an age-old, arduous struggle to be recognised and not to be perceived as something Other, a gender exile . . . But only when a transgender person poses on the front cover of a fashion magazine and it is no longer necessary to write an editorial on the subject will we know the battle is won."
Head over to Vogue Paris's website to see the rest of Valentina's stunning images.