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Valentina Sampaio's Hiring Is a First for Victoria's Secret

Transgender model announces new deal
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 5, 2019 6:16 PM CDT
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FILE - In this March 16, 2017, file photo Brazilian transgender model Valentina Sampaio wears a creation from the Amir Slama collection during Sao Paulo Fashion Week in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Sampaio has become the first openly transgender model hired by Victoria’s Secret nearly a year after a top company...   (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)

(Newser) – Valentina Sampaio will become Victoria's Secret's first openly transgender model. The Brazilian's agent confirmed the hiring Monday to CNN after she posted a video on Instagram that suggested she got the job. Sampaio was hired for a campaign debuting in August for the company's PINK line. "First transgender to shoot with Vs! This make me so happy!" Lais Ribeiro, a Brazilian model for Victoria's Secret, tweeted.

A Victoria's Secret executive said a year ago that this would never happen. Ed Razek made the comments in an interview with Vogue, per the Los Angeles Times. A backlash followed. Razek apologized later on the company's Twitter page, saying Victoria's Secret would “absolutely cast a transgender model for the show." (Read more transgender stories.)

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