Vogue Paris has a transgender coverstar for the very first time
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Vogue Paris is arguably the number one fashion bible in the world, which is why we’re so pleased that it is making such strides in terms of diversity. We say this because the magazine has become the first ever Vogue to have a transgender model on the cover. Vogue Paris says models like covergirl Valentina Sampaio “are changing the face of fashion and deconstructing prejudice”. And here’s Valentina’s second cover, which is given the same headline: “Transgender beauty: How they’re shaking up the world.” The editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris Emmanuelle Alt wrote on the magazine’s website that Valentina has “beauty striking enough to stun on the cover of Vogue”. Alt added: “She is the absolute equal of Gisele, Daria, Edie or Anna. Apart from one small detail: Valentina, the femme fatale, was born a boy.” Alt writes: “In a post-gendered world which more and more designers are highlighting on their runways, trans people, the ultimate symbols of a rejection of conformity, are icons that Vogue supports and chooses to celebrate.” Now that is a sentiment we can definitely get on board with. Valentina is a Brazilian model who is a L’Oreal Paris ambassador and is no stranger to being a covergirl, having already fronted Elle Brasil. This move throws back to 1988, when Naomi Campbell was the first black model to grace the cover of the magazine. In an industry that isn’t exactly known for its inclusivity, people are loving the groundbreaking move from Vogue Paris. We can only hope that where Vogue Paris goes, other magazines will follow. The magazine hits stands on February 23.
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