11 July 2020 20:32
Valentina Sampaio made history on Friday, becoming the first transgender woman to be featured in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, the magazine said. In a personal essay on the magazine's website, Ms. Sampaio, a 23-year-old Brazilian model, said she was honored to be in the publication. "The team at SI has created yet another groundbreaking issue by bringing together a diverse set of multitalented, beautiful women in a creative and dignified way," she wrote. While Ms. Sampaio's inclusion in this year's swimsuit edition has earned headlines, it's hardly a first for her: Last year, she became Victoria Secret's first openly transgender model and was hired for catalog work for VS Pink, the company's athletic line. In 2017, Ms. Sampaio was also the first transgender model to grace the cover of a Vogue edition.