Wednesday 26 April 2017

Meet Valentina Sampaio, the first ever transgender model to appear on the cover of Vogue

Brazilian transgender model Valentina Sampaio poses during an interview in Milan on February 18, 2017.
Brazilian transgender model Valentina Sampaio poses during an interview in Milan on February 18, 2017.
Brazilian transgender model Valentina Sampaio poses during an interview in Milan on February 18, 2017.
Brazilian transgender model Valentina Sampaio poses during an interview in Milan on February 18, 2017.
Brazilian transgender model Valentina Sampaio poses during an interview in Milan on February 18, 2017.
Brazilian transgender model Valentina Sampaio poses during an interview in Milan on February 18, 2017.
Brazilian transgender model Valentina Sampaio poses during an interview in Milan on February 18, 2017.
Brazilian transgender model Valentina Sampaio poses during an interview in Milan on February 18, 2017.

Sarah Young

Vogue Paris is to become the first French magazine to feature a transgender model on its cover, according the honour to Valentina Sampaio of Brazil for its March edition.

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.rench Vogue has announced that its March issue will feature Valentina Sampaio, a Brazilian transgender model.

It's a bold move for the French sister of America Vogue, which has long been seen as an expressive voice in the industry.

In 1988, Naomi Campbell became the first African-American model to cover the magazine, followed by Andre J., a black, androgynous model in 2007.

Now, the illustrious glossy continues to move towards diversity in the fashion industry as the first Vogue magazine to ever feature a transgender model on its cover.

Shot by photographer duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot, and styled by the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Emmannuelle Alt, image is accompanied by the caption, "Transgender beauty: How they're shaking up the world."

The magazine featured the cover on its official Instagram account yesterday saying, "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 de-constructing prejudice."

But, what’s interesting here is how Valentina is represented in the image. She’s styled and captured in a way that every other cover star would be and not endorsed just because she’s transgender.

Brazilian transgender model Valentina Sampaio poses during an interview in Milan on February 18, 2017.
Brazilian transgender model Valentina Sampaio poses during an interview in Milan on February 18, 2017.

"We are living in a world at the moment, what is happening right now, we are stepping back," editor-in-chief Alt told American Vogue.

"Instead of being in a constant evolution, which is what should happen, human rights… they’re not going in a good direction.

“This cover is about the importance of those rights, and that we still need to make progress on an awful lot of stuff."

Brazilian transgender model Valentina Sampaio poses during an interview in Milan on February 18, 2017.
Brazilian transgender model Valentina Sampaio poses during an interview in Milan on February 18, 2017.

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