“Sports Illustrated” Features Trans Model In Swimsuit Issue

“Sports Illustrated” has been breaking barriers in the modeling industry for 56 years now, featuringTyra Banksas the first Black model in 1997,Halima Adenas the first model wearing a hijab in 2019… and now,Valentina Sampaio,the magazine’s first transgender model.

For its upcoming swimsuit issue, “SI” has named the 23-year-old Brazilian model a 2020 rookie and featured her as the first trans model in the glossy pages. This isn’t her first modeling milestone, either,she signed up to be the face of a Victoria’s Secret campaign last year.

“It’s a dream come true on so many levels. SI has been a deeply meaningful achievement,” Ampaio tells “People.” “To come from a space of fear and marginalization, to now being included in one of the most iconic magazines that truly embraces and celebrates diversity—it is life-changing.”