This is incredible! Such leaps and bounds with visibility for the trans community in the past few years – and VOGUE has a massive readership and legacy obviously, which is why decisions like this can make such an impact.
“This month we are proud to celebrate transgender beauty and how models like Valentina Sampaio, who is posing for her first ever Vogue cover, are changing the face of fashion and deconstructing prejudice,” Vogue Paris wrote in an Instagram post announcing the cover Monday.
Vogue Paris Editor-in-Chief Emmanuelle Alt wrote on the magazine’s website that she wanted to feature Sampaio solo on the cover because she is “the absolute equal of Gisele, Daria, Edie or Anna,” referring to the modeling industry’s top stars.
“In a post-gendered world which more and more designers are highlighting on their runways, Trans people, the ultimate symbols of a rejection of conformity, are icons that Vogue supports and chooses to celebrate,” Alt added.
Have you picked up the cover yet, OMG? It’s one to hold onto for the history books! Show VOGUE that trans cover models SELL just as well as the next girl, and pick up your copy today!