Victoria's Secret hires its first ever transgender model
Victoria's Secret has hired their first transgender model. 22-year-old Valentina Sampaio took to Instagram to share the exciting news, tagging the famous lingerie brand with the caption: "Backstage click."
She then posted a video of herself with the caption: "Never stop dreaming."
Valentina is getting all the support she deserves. Lily Aldridge, fellow Victoria's Secret Angel, commented on the post with several hearts. And Brazilian model, Lais Riberio, tweeted the exciting news with the caption: "First transgender to shoot with Vs! This make me so happy!"
This comes a year after Victoria's Secret's Chief Marketing Officer, Ed Razek, shared in an interview with Vogue that he didn't think plus size models or transgender women fit the brand's image. The statement naturally incited a furore on social media, with Model Alliance taking to Instagram to share their views:
Victoria's Secret has made several changes since then. For example, model and former Victoria's Secret Angel Shanina Shaik has revealed that the famous fashion show will be a no-go this year. The annual event has been broadcast on network television since 2001. While she says that it's not a permanent decision, it's unclear exactly why they canned the show this season.
Angela Ponce made history last year when she was the first transgender woman to be crowned Miss Spain:
Shanina says that it's likely in order to allow the company to re-work their branding again, as future shows will no longer be broadcast on network television.
And earlier this month, Karlie Kloss spoke to Vogue about why she decided to no longer walk the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show:
“The reason I decided to stop working with Victoria’s Secret was I didn’t feel it was an image that was truly reflective of who I am and the kind of message I want to send to young women around the world about what it means to be beautiful."
Though Victoria's Secret has a lot of work to do, they have certainly made one step in the right direction.