It’s been confirmed that Victoria’s Secret has hired its first transgender model. The news comes almost a year after the Chief Marketing Officer of the company, Ed Razek, said it’s unlikely transgender and plus sized models would be right for the brand.
22-year-old, Valentina Sampaio, took to Instagram to share the news that she was the brand’s latest recruit. Uploading a photograph of her sitting in a dressing gown, she captioned the shot: “Backstage click @vspink”. She followed with another post of her urging her followers to “never stop dreaming”.
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Fans were quick to congratulate the model and actress including a number of a-listers. Victoria’s Secret angel and fellow Brazilian, Lais Ribeiro, took to Twitter and said: “First transgender to shoot with Vs! This makes me so happy!”. While Orange Is The New Black’s Laverne Cox wrote under Sampaio’s photograph: “wow finally”.
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Recently, there’s been a number of changes underway at the lingerie giant. Last month veteran angel, Shanina Shaik, confirmed that the high-profile annual Victoria’s Secret show, which sees millions of people around the world tune-in, wouldn’t be going ahead this year. “It’s something I’m not used to because every year around this time I’m training like an angel,” she told the Australian Daily Telegraph.
This article originally appeared Harper’s Bazaar UK.