For the first time in Victoria's Secret 42-year history, the fantasy company has cast a transgender model for one of its campaigns. Meet Brazilian beauty, Valentia Sampaio!
Valentina is slated to appear in a mid-August ad - and we couldn't be more excited to see her slay that campaign. She teased the shoot with a photograph ostensibly taken on set, and tagged the retailer’s younger-skewing offshoot brand, PINK, in the post.
This major news comes weeks after Victoria's Secret announced that it pulled their annual fashion show from network TV.
Valentina Sampaio, 22, has become the first openly transgender model hired by Victoria's Secret nearly a year after a top company official was pressured to apologize for implying trans women are off brand.
Valentina Sampaio updated her Instagram account last Thursday with a selfie on set with Victoria’s Secret, she set off a chain reaction and created an uproar of support!
See her post below along with some stunning photos from her Instagram account:
Sampaio is already a major force in the fashion industry. She has graced the cover of Vogue, Elle and has walked for many major brands. FIERCE!
This is absolutely amazing! Congratulations, Valentina!
PHOTOS: Valentina Sampaio's Instagram - @valentts