Transgender beauty continues to make strides in different areas of culture.
Valentina Sampaio, a stunning model from Brazil, is set to appear on the cover of the French Vogue. April’s issue will be the first time a trans woman is featured on the French fashion cover.
Paris editor in chief Emmanuelle Alt stated on their site, “In a postgendered world, which more and more designers are highlighting on their runways, Trans people—the ultimate symbols of a rejection of conformity—are icons that Vogue supports and chooses to celebrate.”
We applaud the couture empire for another major step in the right direction, acknowledging the humanity and beauty of trans women.
But it’s not the first time a transgender woman has been a cover girl. Here are other landmark occasions where magazines featured a transgender model on their front cover.
Blame It on Rio
Elle Brazil already featured the stunning Valentina, but it wasn’t the first time the magazine had a transexual woman on its cover. In December 2011 Givenchy model Lea T, also Brazilian, wowed on the fashionable front.
Valentina starred on her cover of Elle Brazil last year, and Vogue likely won’t be her last stop.
Hari Nef, an American trans model, made waves on the front of Barcelona’s Metal, an A-list magazine of international couture, design, and travel. But she was already a pro, having done Elle UK‘s cover. Last month she was on the front of Elle Brazil, which is making a name for itself by regularly featuring hot trans women as models!
Perhaps Vanity Fair‘s 2015 cover featuring Ms. Jenner is the one that will stand out most. Because Jenner was famous from the Olympics as Bruce, the accompanying feature that told her story was read by millions around the world. Caitlyn was photographed by Annie Leibovitz, one of the world’s greatest photographers.
Much controversy ensued, not only over Caitlyn’s transition, but also for her blunt sense of humour, ideas and politics.
Ultimately, Jenner as cover model was instrumental in creating public dialogue—open discussion of transgender issues began accelerating in the public sphere. Her confident, wry persona made it possible to withstand the criticism she received from both the religious right and the transgendered activists supposed to be on side.
Caitlyn also broke other barriers to beauty, modeling in the now famous white onesie and showing herself sexy as a trans woman and also as a senior citizen.
The Naked Truth
If you can handle the heat, check out Playboy Italia. Last May, transgender babe Vittoria Schisano was butt naked under a fur wrap.
“If you can dream it, you can do it,” she wrote on her Instagram.
Some of us dream of being Playboy models when we grow up, and Vittoria turned those dreams into reality.
Kudos to the Playboy brand for its forward thinking, boundary breaking work over the years. Playboy featured another trans woman on its cover and in a feature layout—not just now that it’s trendy, but way back in 1991.
Caroline Cossey, also known as Tula, made waves as a Bond girl who was outed by a tabloid as having been born Barry. Instead of falling apart, Caroline took it all off for Playboy, effectively saying, eat your heart out haters!