Valentina Sampaio Is Reportedly Victoria's Secret's 1st Trans Model

Brazilian model Valentina Sampaio presents a creation from Spanish designer Miguel Marinero's Spring  Summer 2020 collection during the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Madrid

Valentina Sampaio is reportedly the first-ever transgender model for Victoria's Secret! Meanwhile, in a video, she practices her poses, captioning the clip: "Never stop dreaming".

Valentina Sampaio, of Brazil, posted to Instagram a photo of herself at a shoot with "VS Pink", writing: "Backstage click", alongside the hashtag "diversity", Fox Newsreports.

The recent news of Sampaio's gig, has seen Victoria's Secret make headlines for all the right reasons. Just past year, VS's chief marketing officer Ed Razek came under fire for his homogenous hiring practices.

The news was seemingly confirmed by fellow Brazilian model Lais Ribeiro, who tweeted she was "so happy" Sampaio experienced her first photoshoot with Victoria's Secret.

Here's to even more inclusivity for trans models in the modelling industry.

The brand was called out past year for remarks made by an executive about transgenders and plus size models walking for the fashion show. He also said that this "Is a specialty business; it isn't a department store", and about how they don't think they can be all these things to their customers. Speaking with British Vogue last month about why she chose to retire her wings, the supermodel said: "I didn't feel it was an image that was truly reflective of who I am and the kind of message I want to send to young women around the world about what it means to be handsome".

Victoria's Secret has faced its share of controversy surrounding its casting decisions, exclusively hiring tall, thin models for its televised fashion show. "I admire and respect their journey to embrace who they really are".



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