Sports Illustrated Features Transgender for 1st Time in Swimsuit Issue

‘I was so surprised. It’s like a dream….’

(Daily Mail) Brazilian model Valentina Sampaio has made history by becoming the first transgender to grace the pages of the iconic Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

The 23-year-old trailblazer, who has also posed for Victoria’s Secret, will appear in the publication’s 2020 issue after being photographed by Josie Clough on Scrub Island in the British Virgin Islands.

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Valentina appeared on Good Morning America on Friday to announce the news while sharing how much the opportunity means to “her” and the LGBTQ+ community as a whole.

‘I was so surprised,’ Sampaio said. ‘It’s like a dream. This means a lot to me, and not just for myself, but to all the LGBT+ community.’…

The model grew up trans in Northern Brazil as one of seven children in a family of fishermen.

She said she struggled to find her place, and when she first started modeling, she would lose jobs because of her gender identity…Original Source