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Sports Illustrated will feature its first openly transgender model for the magazine's annual swimsuit issue. Valentina Sampaio was named a rookie for the upcoming issue that hits stands on July The year-old Brazilian model credited her upbringing for helping her reach this moment, but also used the attention to shine a light on the staggering violence against trans women in her home country. Our options for growing up in a loving and accepting family, having a fruitful experience at school or finding dignified work are unimaginably limited and challenging.
Valentina Sampaio becomes Sports Illustrated's first trans model. Written by Kiely Westhoff. She is no stranger to making history.
Valentina sampaio becomes first openly trans model in sports illustrated swimsuit issue
In she became the first trans woman to appear on the cover of Vogue Paris. Two years later, she was the first openly transgender model to be hired by Victoria's Secret.
Now inyear-old Valentina Sampaio continues to break barriers in the modeling industry by becoming the first transgender woman to be featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. The Brazilian model has been named as one of the edition's "rookies," and models a white one-piece by Haus of Pink Lemonaid and a shimmery taupe bikini by Triangl.
Sports Illustrated SI has become a respected brand in the modeling world. Its swimsuit issue has featured some of the industry's most successful names, since launching 56 years ago. Sampaio is ing the elite ranks alongside stars like Heidi Klum and Tyra Banks.
A black, transgender and disabled model just landed her first major magazine cover. In an open essay on what it means to be part of SI, Sampaio praised the magazine for creating another issue that champions "a diverse set of multitalented, beautiful women in a creative and dignified way," adding that she is "excited and honored" to take part.
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Sampaio, who hails from a fishing village in northern Brazil, has been using her platform to fight for transgender rights. She explains that the beauty of her home country is contrasted by brutal crimes against the transgender community. In a interview with Vogue, she pointed out that intransgender people were murdered in Brazil. Even with the new laws, people don't widely respect and comply with them, and the authorities aren't enforcing them either," she was quoted as saying.
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Valentina sampaio becomes sports illustrated's first trans model
Her success as a model has not come easily, fighting an uphill battle against discrimination, but she realizes her status gives her the opportunity to make a positive difference. Beyond that, Sampaio believes it is her responsibility to stand up for Brazil's trans population. In recent years, transgender models have been gaining visibility -- landing "firsts," such as magazine covers, beauty campaigns and spots on the runway. Personal journeys have also been shared to the public.
For Sampaio, change means leading by example and spreading love and acceptance one person at a time. Her message for the world is one of resounding empathy.
She vows to persevere in her mission for equality and to continue to embolden people who are marginalized. Sampaio ended her essay, with gratitude. For understanding that more than anything, I am human. Thank you for supporting me in continuing to spread a message of love, compassion and unity for ALL.