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The March 2017 issue of Vogue Paris marks a milestone for the French publisher. Gracing the glossy this month is Brazilian transgendered model Valentina Sampaio, the first-ever trans model to be so prominently featured in the magazine.

Sampaio scored not one, but two different versions of her March cover. The magazine must have been wildly impressed with her work to warrant the alternate images.

The first, a gorgeous moody blue shot:

And the second, a close-up profile:

It’s well known that the Spring and Fall issues of international fashion magazines are notoriously thick, filled to the brim with seasonal must-wear trends and advertisers flaunting their latest looks. So the fact that Sampaio was granted a March cover in a publication as prestigious as Vogue Paris, which has been around since 1920, sends a strong message.

“We are living in a world at the moment, what is happening right now, we are stepping back. Instead of being in a constant evolution, which is what should happen, human rights…they’re not going in a good direction,” Vogue Paris editor-in-chief Emmanuelle Alt told American Vogue.

Within the pages of the March issue, Sampaio is also featured in an artful editorial spread photographed by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott.

“This cover is about the importance of [human] rights, and that we still need to make progress on an awful lot of stuff,” Alt adds.

We think this move is wildly refreshing and we’re thrilled to see a big player in the fashion game make this kind of a statement. Though we should note, this isn’t Sampaio’s first cover rodeo. Last year she was front and centre on Elle Brazil, looking sultry and confident.

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