Brazillian model, Valentina Sampaio, is the woman who landed the coveted Vogue Paris cover.
The magazine released the cover for the March issue via an Instagram post which read,
“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.”
Until landing this cover, Sampaio was not well known in the industry, according to Vogue. That changed when editor-in-chief Emmanuelle Alt learned about her through her assistant.
Prior to this, Sampaio had landed the cover of Elle Brasil.
Although this is a step in the right direction of acceptance Alt pointed out there is still a long way to go.
“Only when a transgendered 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 that the battle is won.”