(The 29-year-old model has been a regular on the covers of global editions of Vogue for years.) Appearing on the cover of a storied magazine like Vogue continues to be a major triumph for models, especially those who grace multiple editions of the magazine in their career.
Valentina smolders on one cover, wearing a floral Balenciaga top.
In an admirable and courageous move, Emmanuelle Alt has given the cover of French Vogue's March issue to Valentina Sampaio, a young Brazilian model who just happens to be transgender.
Valentina Sampaio, a native of Brazil, appears on the magazine's all-important March issue, along with a headline that, translated from French, reads, "Transgender beauty: How they're shaking up the world".
In a conversation with American Vogue's Mark Holgate, Alt recalled Sampaio's emotional reaction to seeing the Vogue logo on one of her images. "She is the absolute equal of Gisele, Daria, Edie or Anna".
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Politics aside, Sampaio is a stunning beauty who is worthy of a Vogue cover, according to Alt.
'This cover is about the importance of those rights, and that we still need to make progress on an very bad lot of stuff'.
"Apart from one small detail: Valentina, the femme fatale, was born a boy".
The cover was shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot, and was styled by the magazine's editor-in-chief Emmanuelle Alt. [She] embodies an age-old, arduous struggle to be recognized and not to be perceived as something Other, a gender exile.
Alt looked forward to a day when transgender models will be accepted by the fashion industry then " will we know that the battle is won." she concluded. "As transgender visibility increases, the world will come to understand that we exist and that we can succeed in any profession".