Sampaio, a 22-year-old Brazilian, was born a boy but at the age of eight, a psychologist understood him to be transgender and at the age of 10 he became Valentina.

By Ian Horswill


Posted on August 5, 2019

Openly transgender model Valentina Sampaio has revealed that she is working for lingerie and sportswear company Victoria’s Secret.

E! News reported that if Sampaio’s Instagram post is true then she is the first transgender model to work for Victoria’s Secret.

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Sampaio, a 22-year-old Brazilian, was born a boy but at the age of eight, a psychologist understood him to be transgender and at the age of 10 he became Valentina.

She also is a spokeswoman for French personal care company L’Oréal. Sampaio was the first openly transgender woman to be featured on the cover of Vogue and the first openly transgender woman on the cover of French and Brazilian Vogue.

Sampaio posted on her Instagram page a photo of her sitting in a bathrobe backstage at what she said was a photoshoot for the company’s PINK line on Long Island, New York.

She also posted a selfie video, writing: “Life is amazing … Love more and hate less, hate is useless, just do not waste time with it!”.

, “Never stop dreaming genteee #staytuned #bastidores #new #vspink #campaign #representatividade #diversity #beauty #selfie #life #fashion #usa #vstorm #valentinasampaio,”

Victoria’s Secret and parent company L Brands have not commented on her posts, which come amid the group’s attempt to rebrand the product line among declining sales following controversial comments that the group’s chief marketing officer Ed Razek made at the time of the taping of 2018 Victoria’s Secret Show about the non-use of transgender and plus-size models.

Victoria’s Secret model Shanina Shaik last month said the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2019 was cancelled.

“It’s something I’m not used to because every year around this time I’m training like an angel. But I’m sure in the future something will happen, which I’m pretty sure about. I’m sure they’re trying to work on branding and new ways to do the show because it’s the best show in the world,” Shaik told The Daily Telegraph in Sydney, Australia.