Valentina Sampaio becomes 1st transgender model in SI’s Swimsuit Issue

Sampaio, from Brazil, is the first openly transgender model to pose for Sports Illustrated’s coveted Swimsuit Issue.
2:50 | 07/10/20

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Transcript for Valentina Sampaio becomes 1st transgender model in SI’s Swimsuit Issue
Hey, so we're going to move on now to the trailblazing Brazilian model, Valentina sampaio, who is the first openly transgender model to pose for Victoria's secret. Now another first featured in the "Sports illustrated" swimsuit issue and erielle reshef is back. Reporter: This is a year of breaks for the transgender community and now Valentina is yet another agent of change making history as the first transgender model to grace the prestigious pages of the "Sports illustrated" swimsuit issue. The "Sports illustrated" illustrated swimsuit issue, one of the most can coveted annual modeling gigs in the world and now with its 58th edition, "S.I." Making history featuring Valentina sampaio from Brazil. The first transgender woman to grace the magazine's iconic pages. Just describe how you felt when you first got the phone were you surprised? I was so surprised and I feel, oh, my god, really? Like a dream. This is me a lot. To me and not just for myself but to all the lgbtqplus community. Growing up trans in northern Brazil in a family of fishermen, one of seven children, Valentina says she struggled to find her place. Everything about Valentina is remarkable. Her incredible beauty to her strength of character, her bravery to pioneer this conversation. Reporter: Bravery born from plenty of heartache and disappointment. Losing jobs because of her gender identity. It hasn't been easy. Early on I had a high-profile model job and when they realized I was fired. Reporter: She persevered with the support of her family propelling herself to the pinnacle of her career. What is your message to others in the trans community? I would say it's hard but you have to keep strong. Reporter: Valentina with a clear message to the millions all over the world who will see her groundbreaking shoot. We all are here and I love to see people, brands and companies more open to the community with compassion and respect. Reporter: Valentina tells me her mom has always been her greatest inspiration. I can relate to that and she says she has not yet seen this magazine. As you heard there she hasn't even told most of her family she was chosen for the issue. She's excited to see it. I'm sure they will be proud of her. It's going to be out soon, Lara. So great, erielle. Thank you so much. And that issue, the "Sports illustrated" swimsuit 2020 issue on stands July 21st. See the exclusive reveal of the cover Monday right here on "Gma."

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