Valentina Sampaio has become the first transsexual model on the cover of specialized sports magazine Sports Illustrated, an opportunity that the young Brazilian is facing « Strong and inspired » and with which he intends to « fight for all who suffer discrimination ».

Valentina Sampaio, 23, He appeared in a Sports Illustrated edition dedicated to swimsuits, something he considers a further step not only for his career, but for the entire LGTBI + community. « I feel strong and I feel inspired to fight not only for myself but for all those I represent, » said the model in a video published on Friday on her social networks.

The young woman regretted that, despite being a « beautiful country », Brazil «also houses the highest number of crimes and murders against the trans community in the world ”, which has to“ face giggles, insults, frightening reactions and physical violations for the mere fact of existing ”. Her words triggered a flurry of congratulations from hundreds of Instagram users.

In the same publication, the Brazilian said she felt « happy and honored to be part of the iconic Sports Illustrated », which she branded as « a dream come true. » As early as August of last year, Sampaio became the first trans model to be featured in one of Pink’s catalogs, Victoria’s Secret’s younger line. The young Brazilian woman began to break barriers in the fashion world in 2017, when it was the cover of the prestigious French fashion magazine Vogue Paris.