Victoria's Secret Just Hired its First Openly Transgender Model

Meet Valentina Sampaio, the lingerie giant's first transgender model.
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After announcing that this year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show would be canceled due to declining ratings and controversy over a lack of diversity, the lingerie brand has hired its first openly transgender model, Valentina Sampaio.

The Brazilian model posted on Instagram and tagged Victoria's Secret along with the hashtags #vspink, #campaign and #diversity, which first sparked rumors that the brand had hired a transgender model.

She then posted a video with similar hashtags that further fueled the rumors.

Her agent Erio Zanon confirmed the rumors and told CNN that Sampaio had indeed been hired for a Victoria's Secret PINK campaign that'll be released this month. 

The news comes after chief marketing officer Ed Razek was criticized for a 2018 Vogue interview about casting the runway show in which he said: "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."

Well, it looks like Sampaio is finally making that "fantasy" a reality.