Valentina Sampaio is Sports Illustrated’s First Trans Model

In 2017, Valentina Sampaio became the first trans woman on the cover of Vogue Paris. Two years later, she was the first openly transgender model to hired by Victoria’s Secret.

In 2020, the 23-year-old from a fishing village in Brazil continues to break barriers by becoming the first transgender woman to be featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. The Brazilian model was named as one of the edition’s 2020 “rookies.”

Since launching 56 years ago, the magazine has become a respected brand in the modeling world. Its swimsuit issue has featured some of the industry’s most successful names.

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. 

While it means a lot to her to model for SI, she is even more inspired by the significance it has for the LGBTQ community as a whole.

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