A Transgender Model Is Making History By Being The First To Grace The Cover Of Vogue Paris

"We are proud to celebrate transgender beauty."

Valentina Sampaio has made history as the first-ever transgender model to appear on the cover of Vogue Paris.


The Brazilian model will appear on the cover of the March 2017 issue of the magazine, which will be available on newsstands on Feb. 23.

The image, photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, appeared on Instagram with the phrase, "Transgender beauty: How they're shaking up the world."

Not only is this a historic cover for Vogue Paris, but the issue will be dedicated to how transgender models are helping to change the literal face of fashion, and how they are helping to break down barriers and preconceived notions about gender and identity.

Along with sharing the cover photo on Instagram, Vogue Paris also shared some words about inclusivity and diversity within the fashion industry. 

"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. A sneak peek inside the magazine, at the story photographed by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, styled by Emmanuelle Alt, with make-up by Isamaya Ffrench and hair by Paul Hanlon. Out February 23rd."

Vogue Paris isn't the first major magazine to make such a historic move. Harper's Bazaar India, Women's Health, Marie Claire Spain, and Men's Health have all previously featured transgender models on their covers. 

While more and more publications and brands are opening themselves up for such inclusivity, there is still a long way to go before the fashion industry is a truly diverse space with equal representation. For that reason, some transgender models are campaigning to spread awareness

Vogue Paris' latest issue doesn't just give transgender models greater visibility, it also looks at how transgender models are influencing fashion.

The magazine's editor in chief, Emmanuelle Alt, wrote on Vogue Paris' website about the importance of the cover, "Valentina is the glamorous standard-bearer for a cause that's already active, standing side by side with Caitlyn Jenner, Anohni (from Anthony and the Johnsons), the Wachowskis, Lea T, the charismatic muse of Riccardo Tisci, and Caroline Cossey, the incandescent bond girl from For Your Eyes Only."

She adds, "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." 

"Anohni’s Oscar nomination, Caitlyn Jenner’s being awarded Woman of the Year by Glamour US and the success of the television series ‘Transparent’ about a family man who decides to transition, all point to significant progress and a message a hope. But only when a transgendered person poses on the front cover of a fashion magazine and it is no longer necessary to write an editorial on the subject will we know that the battle is won."

(H/T: Popsugar)


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