Transgender model Valentina Sampaio wants to be part of a “new chapter” for Victoria’s Secret. Given recent upheaval at the iconic lingerie brand, she may well get her wish.
Less than a year after Victoria’s Secret executive Ed Razek told Vogue that he doesn’t think “transsexuals” should appear in the fashion show because the program is supposed to be “a fantasy,” the company has hired the 22-year-old Sampaio for a Pink campaign. Mere days after that information became public, news broke that Razek was resigning. His exit comes amid a challenging period for the company, which has been struggling to find an identity that aligns with present-day values and is struggling to distance itself from the late sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein. Sampaio, however, has her eyes focused firmly on the future.
“I think the brand now has started a new chapter,” she told The Daily Beast via email when asked about the significance of her hiring “To me, it represents a victory for society—not just for the trans community, but for all people who are currently underrepresented in fashion.”