There are some major milestones that most models in the world can only dream of for life: the first Vogue Paris cover, the first time to be chosen as a model for Victoria's Secret and the first shoot for the famous "Sports Illustrated" magazine . Valentina Sampaio has all three under her belt at the age of 23. And despite difficult conditions, because Valentina Sampaio is a trans-model.
2017 was Sampaio the first openly transsexual model ever to be seen on the cover of Vogue Paris. In 2019 she was hired as the first openly transsexual model at Victoria's Secret, where she displayed the Pink Line, the underwear line for younger target groups. Previously, the label's marketing boss had clearly spoken out against this step and had finally left the company.
"Faced with violence – because we exist"
Now Sampaio becomes part of the "Sports Illustrated"Magazines will be in an issue due to be released on July 21st. In an Instagram post where she already shared a photo from the track, she wrote:" Being trans usually means being outside the locked doors the hearts and minds of people. We are confronted with giggles, insults, fear and physical violence – simply because we exist. "Growing up in a loving environment, having good school days and finding decent work is difficult and involves a lot of work.
Sampaio comes from Brazil. In the social media post, the 23-year-old also wrote: "I was born in a small fishing village in the north of Brazil. Brazil is a beautiful country, but it also has the highest number of violent acts and murders against the trans community World – three times higher than in the United States. " According to a survey, 124 trans people were killed violently in 2019 alone.