Fashion is a trending platform for all and has become as strong medium to express political aversions and strong statements. New York Fashion week this time has decided to advocate for diversity on the long ramp walk. While Vogue Paris has decided for the first time to feature a transgender face as its cover image for the magazine’s March publication.
The model Valentina Sampaio was seen on the cover wearing a bold metallic dress and in a perfect smokey eye look, photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.
Translated from French, the cover reads “Transgender beauty: How they’re shaking up the world.”
The cover of the March issue, which will fill the shelves of all shops 23 February, was revealed in an Instagram post by Vogue Paris captioned: "This month we are proud to celebrate transgender beauty and how models like Valentina Sampaio, who is posing for her first ever Vogue cover, are changing the face of fashion and deconstructing prejudice."
In the issue's editorial note, Vogue Paris Editor-in-Chief Emmanuelle Alt describes the moment Sampaio arrived at the studio, wearing jeans and a T-shirt, as stunningly beautiful as any other Vogue beauty.
She is the absolute equal of Gisele, Daria, Edie or Anna. Apart from one small detail: Valentina, the femme fatale, was born a boyEmmanuelle Alt, Vogue Paris Editor-in-Chief
Her decision to image a transgender model to the cover of Vogue Paris sends out a strong message to the public, highlighting the values of human rights, which Alt told "aren't going in a good direction".
This kind of a strong statement by a the brand, Vogue Paris, is a strong step by the magazine and the fashion industry on the whole. Alt ended her note by reminding the readers that there is a lot of progress to be made.
“Only when a [transgender] person poses on the front cover of a fashion magazine and it is no longer necessary to write an editorial on the subject will we know that the battle is won,” concluded Emmanuelle Alt.