Model Valentina Sampaio says being fired from a job for being trans encouraged her to see beyond her ‘personal heartache’ and uplift the trans community

Valentina Sampaio says that being fired from set for being a trans woman led her to a realization about her place in the modeling industry. Sampaio, a Brazilian actress and model who was the first trans woman to appear in the Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue as well as on the cover of French Vogue, spoke to Amanda de Cadenet on Victoria’s Secret podcast VS Voices about the “ignorance” she faced in the early days of her career. Sampaio, who is now a member of the VS Collective alongside stars like Priyanka Chopra, Megan Rapinoe, Naomi Osaka, Hailey Bieber and Bella Hadid, explained to de Cadenet that it was initially “very challenging” to get work as a model.

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