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Valentina Sampaio is a Brazilian supermodel, actor and activist who believes in using her voice, position and platform to create change within the fashion industry and beyond. Born and raised by her mother, a lacemaker and father, a fisherman, in a small fishing village in northern Brazil, Valentina always dreamed of becoming a model as a child.

In 2016, Valentina walked her first runway at São Paulo Fashion Week. Since then, Valentina’s career has been marked with important historic milestones such as becoming the first transgender model to be featured on the cover of the iconic fashion publication, Vogue Paris in 2017. Entitled “Transgender Beauty”, the cover propelled Valentina to new heights within the fashion industry. Later that year, she appeared on the covers of Vogue Brasil and Vogue Germany, also as the first transgender model to be featured on both magazine covers. Other magazine cover appearances include Vogue Taiwan, Vanity Fair Italia, Elle Brasil, Elle France, Elle Mexico, L’Officiel Brasil and L’Officiel Turkiye.

In 2019, Valentina broke more boundaries and became the first transgender model to be signed by Victoria’s Secret. Of the signing, she said: “Being appointed the first transgender model for the brand is a hugely important moment not only for myself but for my community and beyond. I hope this can be a huge step toward more inclusivity and representation for everybody.”

In addition, Valentina has been featured in international advertising campaigns for brands such as Moschino, H&M, Balmain, L’Oreal, Marc Jacobs Beauty and Dior Beauty.

A committed activist, Valentina is vocal about the challenges facing the trans community as well as her desire to use her voice and platform to implement positive change. In Fall 2019, Valentina took part in the Teen Vogue summit where she gave an emotional and inspiring speech drawing attention to her community and the need for equality and acceptance. Most recently, Valentina was an ambassador for GLAAD x Pride Live’s third annual Stonewall Day alongside Barack Obama, Talyor Swift and Ellen DeGeneres.

Valentina currently resides between Brazil and New York City.