The First Transgender Model On The Cover Of Vogue Paris
The Brazilian model, Valentina Sampaio, has just made history as the first transgender model to appear on the cover of Vogue Paris. She will grace the cover of their March issue. For many magazines, the March issue is one of the highest selling issues, so Vogue Paris is really trying to make a statement with this choice. The magazine made the announcement for the cover on their Instagram page saying,
"This month we are proud to celebrate transgender beauty and how models like Valentina Sampaio, who is posing for her first ever Vogue cover, are changing the face of fashion and deconstructing prejudice."
This is going to be a big moment for the transgender community. It is important to have more positive images of Trans people to help break down negative stigmas. The more we see different kinds of people and learn their stories; hopefully as a society we will be more expecting.
"It's wonderful to see trans people appearing in media around the world," Nick Adams, director of GLAAD's Transgender Media programs, told NBC. "As transgender visibility increases, the world will come to understand that we exist and that we can succeed in any profession. This growing awareness is essential as we work to create a world that treats trans people fairly and equally."
Sampaio and Laverne Cox are just a few examples of Transgender women who are helping to break down the barriers for transgender people. Their presence in entertainment and media allow people to realize and know that Trans people do exist and are contributing people to society and our culture. 2017 is really turning into the year of firsts, with many designers choosing nonconventional models to grace the cover of their magazines.
You can grab your copy of Vogue Paris on February 23rd.