Victoria’s Secret Hires First-Ever Transgender Model

August 5, 2019 | No Comments » | Topics: Story

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Valentina Sampaio is making history as the first transgender model to be featued in a Victoria’s Secret campaign

Brazilian model and actress Valentina Sampaio posted some behind-the-scenes snaps from her Pink photo shoot.

On Thursday, Sampaio shared a photograph on Instagram which shows her sitting on a chair in a dressing gown.

The Brazilian model tagged Victoria’s Secret’s Pink lingerie line in the picture and the caption, adding hashtags including “#campaign”, “vspink” and “diversity”.

A day later, Sampaio shared a close-up video of her face on Instagram, using the same hashtags in the caption and writing, “Never stop dreaming gente”.

Many people have interpreted the 22-year-old’s posts to mean she is taking part in a campaign for the lingerie label, which would make her the first openly transgender model to do so.

Just last year, VS’s chief marketing officer Ed Razek came under fire for his homogenous hiring practices. “If you’re asking if we’ve considered putting a transgender model in the show or looked at putting a plus-size model in the show, we have,” he told Vogue.

“Do I think about diversity? Yes. Does the brand think about diversity? Yes. Do we offer larger sizes? Yes. It’s like, why doesn’t your show do this? Shouldn’t you have transsexuals in the show? No. No, I don’t think we should. Well, why not? Because the show is a fantasy. It’s a 42-minute entertainment special.”

Following the backlash he received online, Razek issued an apology.

“My remark regarding the inclusion of transgender models in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show came across as insensitive,” he said in a statement released on Twitter by the brand.

“I apologise. To be clear, we absolutely would cast a transgender model for the show. We’ve had transgender models come to castings … and like many others, they didn’t make it … But it was never about gender. I admire and respect their journey to embrace who they really are.”

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Never stop dreaming genteee 💋💋💋 #staytuned #bastidores #new #vspink #campaign #representatividade #diversity #beauty #selfie #life #fashion #usa #vstorm #valentinasampaio 🌈✌🏼

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