Just last week, Ashley Graham because the first plus-size model to front American Vogue, posing alongside women who represented diverse backgrounds and diverse beauty. Today, the publication’s French counterpart can say it’s also celebrating women everywhere—of all different identities—as it just cast its first transgender model, to appear on the March cover.
Valentina Sampaio, a Brazilian model, was chosen by Editor in Chief Emmanuelle Alt to grace the esteemed fashion glossy. According to Vogue, to Alt, Sampaio was the ideal “French Vogue beauty, any Vogue beauty, no different from Daria Werbowy or Anna Ewers." Additionally, in choosing a model who breaks the mold, Alt says she wanted to make a statement about human rights. “We still need to make progress on an awful lot of stuff,” she said to Vogue in reference to Sampaio’s ultra-glamorous and ’80s-era (see big shoulder and lamé) shoot.
Of course, this cover is as significant to Sampaio’s career as it is to publication. With that in mind, we’ll be looking out for more exciting projects from the relatively under-the-radar (at least until now) face.
Scroll down to see Sampaio’s groundbreaking and stunning photograph.
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Opening Image: @valentts