Vogue Paris is to become the first French magazine to feature a transgender model on its cover, according the honour to Valentina Sampaio, of Brazil, for its March edition.
The French edition of Vogue describes the 22-year-old as a “femme fatale” who happened to have been born a boy.
“Beyond her evident physical qualities and her sparkling personality, [Sampaio] embodies . . . a long and painful fight against being perceived as a ‘gender exile’,” the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Emmanuelle Alt, writes in her editor’s letter.
“The day it will no longer be necessary to write an editorial on the subject, we will know the fight has been won.”