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Valentina Sampaio becomes first openly trans model in Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue

Vogue Paris and in 2019, she became the first openly trans model hired by Victoria’s Secret for its Pink line. It came a year after the company’s chief marketing officer Ed Razek told Vogue that trans people would not be cast in the lingerie brand’s fashion shows “because the show is a fantasy”.

Razek quit the company in August of last year.In a personal essay for the latest issue of Sports Illustrated, the model wrote about the historic moment and what it means for her community. “Being trans usually means facing closed doors to people’s hearts and minds.

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