Meet Victoria’s Secret First Trans Model

Valentina Sampaio is the first openly transgender woman selected as a model by Victoria’s Secret.

Valentina Sampaio
Valentina Sampaio

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Victoria’s Secret has an openly transgender woman for the first time, Valentina Sampaio, age 22 has been hired for the catalog work for Victoria’s Secret PINK, the company’s athletic line agent.

Her agent, Erio Zanon, said that the Brazilian model “believes that this is a great opportunity to break barriers” in the fashion business “and to contribute to a bigger representation for everybody.”

“Never stop dreaming,” she wrote on Instagram

It was only last year that Ed Razek, the chief marketing officer of the lingerie company’s parent organization, L Brands, expressed a lack of interest in casting transgender models. He later apologized for the remark on Twitter.


On Monday, the company announced to employees that Mr. Razek was retiring. GLAAD, which promotes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, said Ms. Sampaio’s hiring comes as transgender people are becoming more visible in advertising, including in campaigns by Calvin KleinGap and H&M.

This isn’t the first time Sampaio has broken a glass ceiling in fashion. The model was also the first trans woman to grace the cover of any edition of Vogue back in 2017. The then-20-year-old was featured in the March issue of flagship magazine Vogue Paris.


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