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Valentina Sampaio Is Vogue Paris’ First Transgender Cover Girl

Our forums are huge advocates of diversity in the industry, so it comes as no surprise that we are all thrilled to see a transgender model on the cover of a major international fashion magazine. Valentina Sampaio makes history by becoming the first-ever transgender woman to grace the cover of Vogue, posing on the March 2017 issue of Vogue Paris. Emmanuelle Alt selected photographic duo Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott to capture the Brazilian beauty who wears Saint Laurent and looks every inch the supermodel in the electrifying cover image.

Vogue Paris March 2017 : Valentina Sampaio by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott

IMAGE: VOGUE.FR

Members of our forums couldn’t believe their eyes. “Well, well, well!! Who knew Alt had it in her, the casting is truly shocking (in a good way). This is tremendous for Valentina,” congratulated a pleasantly surprised Benn98.

“Whoa, this is so fantastic! What a beautiful cover, dramatic with a ton of glamour, and I am so happy for her! She looks amazing,” wrote an elated Miss Dalloway.

“Wow! These covers are beautiful, I love them. I love the colors and the dark romance to the images, sometimes it’s nice to not have everything be so light and bright and ‘springy’ for March. This is awesome,” LastNight applauded.

However, not everyone liked what they saw. “Damn these colors are cheap. Valentina looked better on ELLE Brazil last year,” pointed out Srdjan.

GivenchyAddict felt the same way, writing, “I think if they really wanted to highlight transgender beauty, they should have done a minimal striking portrait or something. For me it looks like they try to disguise her with this satin gold dress, Farah Fawcett hair and these colors. No comment but I do like the initiative.”

“I kinda wish they hadn’t shouted that she’s a transgender model on the cover, kinda makes it look that they’re fishing for applause. Regardless, applause is due. Love the covers. Congratulations to Valentina, this such a big landmark. I’m kinda embarrassed that she’s Brazilian and I never even heard of her! Quite proud that we have her and Lea leading the forefront,” shared Marc10.

Vogue Paris March 2017 : Valentina Sampaio by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott

IMAGE: VOGUE.FR

Kudos to Vogue Paris! See more from the issue and join the conversation here.