In March 2017, the cover of Vogue Paris portrays a transgender model for the first time. 19-year-old Brazilian Valentina Sampaio has been on runways for three years now. She is considered by many to be the new top model to keep an eye on.
In October 2016, the Make Up For Ever brand chooses 23-year-old Andreja Pejic as brand beauty face. She was spotted in 2011 when her name was still Andrej and walked the runway for Jean Paul Gaultier’s women’s collection and for Marc Jacobs’ men’s collection during the same season. Symbol of androgyny then and of absolute femininity today.
However, one of the first was Lea T., daughter of football player Tonino Cerezo and discovered by Riccardo Tisci. She was discovered when she was still Leandro and was encouraged by Tisci to wear female clothes for the first time for a brand’s advertising campaign in which she then became muse and face of the brand.
The trend was becoming so strong that the first exclusively transgender modelling agency was opened in New York in 2015. Founded by Thai transgender model Pêche Di, it demonstrates that the change in the fashion world is spreading to every other area of social and economic life. The day will come when there will be no need to specify the birth sex but only to talk about people, as stated by Vogue Paris editor, Emmanuel Alt: “Only when a transgender model poses on the cover of a fashion magazine and it’s not necessary to write an article about him/her, will we know that the battle has been won”.