Victoria's Secret Has Reportedly Hired Valentina Sampaio, the Brand's First Transgender Model
The Brazilian model appeared to share the exciting news on Instagram.
Just last week, news broke that the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show may not be happening this year. Some people have speculated that the brand may be stepping out of the spotlight to reevaluate its image after years of being called out for lack of inclusivity.
But now, it seems the lingerie giant may have heard the public outcry for more diversity: Victoria's Secret has reportedly hired its first transgender model, Valentina Sampaio.
On Thursday, Sampaio posted some behind-the-scenes snaps from a photoshoot with VS' PINK line. "Backstage click," she wrote next to a stunning selfie of her sitting in a makeup chair. (Related: Victoria's Secret Added a Slightly More Size-Inclusive Angel to Their Roster)
In a separate video, she's seen practicing her poses, captioning the clip: "Never stop dreaming".
Sampaio tagged VS PINK's official account in one of her captions and included the hashtag #vspink in her post.
Victoria's Secret was not readily available for comment by the time of publication.
Several celebs commented on Sampaio's posts to share their excitement. "Wow, finally," wrote Laverne Cox, while fellow Brazilian and VS angel, Lais Ribeiro posted several hand-clapping emojis.
While Victoria's Secret has yet to confirm the news about Sampaio's PINK campaign, the model's agent, Erio Zanon, told CNN that she was indeed hired by VS and that her campaign will debut sometime in mid-August.
It's no secret that this move has been a long time coming for VS. Fans have been waiting for the brand to add a more diverse cast of models to its roster, especially in light of the insensitive and homophobic comments made by VS' chief marketing officer, Ed Razek, earlier this year.
"If you're asking if we've considered putting a transgender model in the show or looked at putting a plus-size model in the show, we have," he told Vogue at the time. "Do I think about diversity? Yes. Does the brand think about diversity? Yes. Do we offer larger sizes? Yes. It's like, why doesn't your show do this? Shouldn't you have transsexuals in the show? No. No, I don't think we should. Well, why not? Because the show is a fantasy. It's a 42-minute entertainment special." (Related: Regular Women Recreated the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show and We're Obsessed)
While Razek did apologize for his harsh words, this is the first major step that Victoria's Secret has taken to show they're serious about making a change.