Brazillian model Valentina Sampaio is officially the first transgender person to land on the cover of any Vogue magazine with her March cover of Vogue Paris.
The magazine released the cover for the 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.”
Lindsay Flora is an editorial intern at Femestella. She has loved entertainment news since she can remember and wants to be bff’s with Miley Cyrus. In her spare time she analyzes rap music and hangs out with her cat, Lord.