Valentina Sampaio is making history again!
The 23-year-old Brazilian bombshell was just named a 2020 Rookie in the upcoming issue of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit – the first time that the magazine has featured a transgender model.
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“I was filled with so many emotions of happiness when I heard the news. The feeling was surreal. Being in SI Swim has always been on my bucket list of things to achieve in my career. It’s a dream come true on so many levels. SI has been a deeply meaningful achievement. To come from a space of fear and marginalization, to now being included in one of the most iconic magazines that truly embraces and celebrates diversity — it is life changing,” she said in a statement to People.
“As a community, each personal success is a step forward for all. I am very grateful to God and all whom have helped me along my journey so far. I honor the challenges of those who have paved the way for me directly or indirectly. They have made where I am today possible. I am committed to keep growing and push boundaries, so that I can in some way, pave the path for others. We are here, we always have been here and we always will be.”
Check out the first look at her SI Swimsuit shoot.
Valentina also previously became the first trans model to work with Victoria’s Secret.
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