While New York Fashion Week continues to push for diversity on the runway, Vogue Paris is making its own statement with its March cover. The fashion magazine’s second biggest issue of the year features its first transgender model front and center—Brazil native Valentina Sampaio.
This month we are proud to celebrate transgender beauty and how models like Valentina Sampaio, who is posing for her first ever Vogue cover, are changing the face of fashion and deconstructing prejudice. Valentina Sampaio photographed by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, styled by Emmanuelle Alt, with make-up by Isamaya Ffrench and hair by Paul Hanlon. Out February 23rd. @emmanuellealt @valentts @mertalas @macpiggott @isamayaffrench @paulhanlonhair @YSL #emmanuellealt #ValentinaSampaio #MertandMarcus #isamayaffrench #PaulHanlon #SaintLaurent
Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Sampaio appears on the cover wearing a bold metallic dress and accompanying smokey eye look. Translated from French, the cover reads “Transgender beauty: How they’re shaking up the world.”
The cover of the March issue, which hits stands on Feb. 23, was revealed in an Instagram post by Vogue Paris captioned “This month we are proud to celebrate transgender beauty and how models like Valentina Sampaio, who is posing for her first ever Vogue cover, are changing the face of fashion and deconstructing prejudice.”
In the issue’s editorial note, Vogue Paris Editor-in-Chief Emmanuelle Alt describes the moment Sampaio arrived at the studio, wearing jeans and a T-shirt, as stunningly beautiful as any Vogue beauty.
“She is the absolute equal of Gisele, Daria, Edie or Anna. Apart from one small detail: Valentina, the femme fatale, was born a boy,” Alt wrote.
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