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Valentina Sampaio Triumphs as Victoria Secret’s First Transgender Model

Valentina Sampaio in photoshoot

Brazil’s got themselves a new star in the Victoria’s Secret modeling community, and she’s no average Angel!

Valentina Sampaio broke barriers last week by becoming the first transgender model hired by the prestigious lingerie brand. She shared the happy news via Instagram with a backstage photo and a video, encouraging her fellow trans peers to “never stop dreaming” and adding the hashtags #staytuned, #diversity, and #vspink.

According to CNN, Sampaio’s agent Erio Zanon says she will appear in an upcoming campaign for Victoria’s Secret’s PINK, which is set to release later this month.

This is truly a groundbreaking moment for both the lingerie brand and the trans community as the hiring of transgender models is still uncommonly rare — Victoria’s Secret has been under fire before for not having a “diverse” enough cast of models. With special individuals like Sampaio, perhaps this will mark the beginning of a more inclusive industry.

Congratulations, Valentina! Make us proud on the runway! X

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Vivian Wang

Vivian is a travel enthusiast and food connoisseur living in New York City. Her curiosity and passion for languages and culture has taken her across eight countries over the past year. When not working, you can find her meandering in art museums or sampling food at the street markets.

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