Brazilian model/actress, Valentina Sampaio, is the first transgender person to model for Victoria’s Secret. She is also the first Trans Woman featured on the cover of Vogue. The 22-year-old model is on every editorial and the best glossy magazines. She is, without a doubt, making her way to the top.
Here are some things you should know about the new rising model.
Valentina Sampaio's Early Life
Valentina was born in a fishing village Aquiraz, Brazil on December 26, 1996, as a boy. Her father was a fisherman, and despite the family struggle, she was given all the love and support she required.
Being born as a boy, Valentina had a different name growing up. At the age of 8, she faced discomfort with her male body, and her psychologist understood the situation and figured her to be transgender.
Her family also accepted the fact that she was not comfortable in a boy’s body, and at the age of 10, she became Valentina Sampaio. She was loved by all and never had to face bullying or harm of any sort.
Early Modelling Years
Being a transgender person at a very early age made Valentina an LGBT icon worldwide. With her majestic gaze, she was able to seek the right amount of attention, which later was fruitful for her career. Valentina started working as a model from a very early age.
As a teenager, Valentina did catwalks in shows for the fashion school she attended.
On the cover of Vogue
The fashion bible had never had a Trans model on its cover before. It was a giant step for global diversity when Valentina became the first featured transgender on the cover of Vogue Paris in March 2017.
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She then became the face of Elle Brasil in July of the very year.Valentina is currently a spokeswoman for L’Oreal alongside several celebrities including Grazi Massafera, Isabeli Fontana and Sophia Abrahao.
She had also appeared in a 2017 Brazilian TV series, A Forca do Querer and a film of drama, Berenice Procura where she played the role of a transgender singer, Isabelle.
Becoming Victoria’s Secret
The Victoria’s Secret was under a dry spell for about a year when its chief marketing officer, Ed Rakez made some transphobic comments regarding transgender and plus-sized models. With a follow-up apology from him, there wasn’t much of a comprehensive effort regarding trans model until recently.
Valentina Sampaio created history as the first-ever trans woman to be hired by the Victoria’s Secret. She took to Instagram to share the news by posting her behind-the-scenes picture on the set of Victoria’s Secret Pink, on August 2, 2019. Lais Riberio, a VS angel, also shared the good news, congratulating the new angel, Valentina via Twitter, where she wrote, “The first transgender to shoot with VS! This makes me so happy!”
However, we will not see her walk the annual runway as the brand has decided to discontinue its tradition. But we will be seeing the model in whatever is coming next.
Valentina Sampaio Instagram
With her perfect body and magnetic gaze, Valentina shares her mesmerizing pictures on Instagram amongst her followers. She also shares exciting news regarding her latest works. On August 3, 2019, the model shared one of her videos with a caption saying, “Never stop dreaming genteee.”
She is represented by several agencies including, Women Management New York, Women Management Paris, Premier Model Management London and a few more including from various places like Hamburg, LA, Sydney, Milan, and Berlin.
She is currently studying architecture alongside modeling. According to an interview, the model wishes to have family and kids in the future.