Vogue Paris Features a Photo of a Transgender Woman on the Cover for the First Time Ever

The new issue will go on sale on February 23.

The cover of Vogue Paris features a photograph of a transgender woman for the first time in the history of a magazine — the March issue will be published with a photograph of 32-year-old Valentina Sampaio from Brazil, BBC writes.

In her editorial column, Emmanuelle Alt notes that Sampaio has long deserved such kind of acceptance and is no less beautiful than other women in the modeling industry. “Valentina was born a boy,” she says. “Valentina is on the cover of Vogue this month, not just for her looks or her sparkling personality, but because despite herself she embodies an age-old arduous struggle to be recognized and not to be perceived as something Other.

Trans people, the ultimate symbol of a rejection of conformity, are icons that Vogue supports and chooses to celebrate. But only when a transgendered person poses on the front cover of a fashion magazine and it is no longer necessary to write an editorial on the subject will we know that the battle is won.”

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