French Vogue Puts Transgender Model on Its Cover

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By Jillian Kay Melchior | 5:18 pm, February 14, 2017

The French edition of Vogue will feature a transgender model on the cover of its March issue, the magazine has announced.

That makes Valentina Sampaio, a Brazilian model, the first transgender person to score the coveted cover spot. “Transgender beauty: How they’re shaking up the world,” the accompanying headline reads.

In its Instagram post announcing the March cover, Vogue Paris wrote that Sampaio was “changing the face of fashion and deconstructing prejudice.”

The magazine’s editor-in-chief, Emmanuelle Alt, said in a statement the choice reflects “a post-gendered world,” praising Sampaio and other transgender people as “the ultimate symbols of a rejection of conformity.”

According to American Vogue, Alt wanted to put a transgender model on the cover, and Sampaio’s Instagram impressed her. The editor said Sampaio, 21, is “the absolute equal of Gisele, Daria, Edie or Anna. Apart from one small detail: Valentina, the femme fatale, was born a boy.”

Sampaio has also appeared on the cover of Brazilian ELLE, becoming the second transgender model to do so.