Iconic Sports Illustrated Magazine Features First Transgender Model in Swimsuit Issue

Brazilian Valentina Sampaio has become the first transgender model to pose inside the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.

The 23-year-old has already graced the cover of Vogue, becoming the first transgender model to do so and now has made history in the forthcoming issue of Sports Illustrated.

“Our goal in selecting who we feature in the SI Swimsuit Issue is centered around identifying some of the most inspiring, interesting and multi-dimensional women that we can find,” MJ Day, editor of SI Swimsuit, said in a statement. “Valentina has been on our radar for some time now and when we finally met face to face it became apparent that besides her obvious beauty, she is an impassioned activist, a true pioneer for the LGBT+ community and just simply embodies the well-rounded woman we are proud to have represent SI Swimsuit across our platforms.”

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