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.


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