Valentina Sampaio has made historical past by turning into the primary transgender mannequin to look within the Sports activities Illustrated Swimsuit problem, the particular version that catapulted Heidi Klum, Tyra Banks, Ashley Graham and Kate Upton to superstardom.
On Friday, the 23-year-old Brazilian magnificence was introduced as a 2020 Rookie of the 12 months for the upcoming problem (out July 21). Within the photos, Sampaio poses in a shimmering gold bandeau bikini in addition to an asymmetrical white one-piece.
In a personal essay on SI Swimsuit’s website, the mannequin thanked the publication “for seeing and respecting me as I really am,” and “for understanding that greater than something, I’m human.”
“Brazil is an exquisite nation, however it additionally hosts the very best variety of violent crimes and murders towards the trans group on the earth — 3 times that of the US. Being trans often means going through closed doorways to peoples’ hearts and minds,” she wrote.
“We face snickers, insults, fearful reactions and bodily violations only for present. Our choices for rising up in a loving and accepting household, having a fruitful expertise at college or discovering dignified work are unimaginably restricted and difficult. I acknowledge that I’m one of many lucky ones, and my intention is to honor that as greatest I can.”
It’s been an enormous 12 months for Sampaio, who simply final August was hired by Victoria’s Secret as its first-ever overtly transgender mannequin.
In 2017, she equally made historical past as Vogue Paris’ first trans cowl star, and later fronted Vogue Brasil and Vogue Germany as nicely. She’s additionally labored with style manufacturers together with Marc Jacobs, Dior and H&M.
Sports activities Illustrated Swimsuit has pushed for extra range in its featured faces in recent times, casting Ashley Graham as its first plus-size cover girl in 2016 and Halima Aden as its first hijabi model in 2019.
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