Victoria's Secret hires it first transgender model, Victoria Sampaio

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Earlier this year, it was announced that the runway will no longer be televised, as it had been since 2001; and this summer, VS Pink hired its first openly transgender model to star in a campaign. "First Transgender woman stands for VS in front of the camera, that makes me so happy", tweeted Victoria's Secret angel Lais Ribiero (28).

"Never stop dreaming genteee #staytuned #bastidores #new #vspink #campaign #representatividade #diversity #beauty #selfie #life #fashion #usa #vstorm", she wrote.

Victoria's Secret model Shanina Shaik recently revealed the company will not hold its annual fashion show.

Razek also came under fire for his comments around plus-size models, claiming that, like trans models, they too are not part of the fantasy Victoria's Secret is intent on offering up.

Victoria's Secret has just hired its first transgender model, media speculated Sunday, as Valentina Sampaio dropped a couple of hints in her Instagram.

It hasn't been smooth sailing for Victoria's Secret over the past two years.

"Shouldn't you have transsexuals in the show? No".

Viewing figures for the brand's 2018 fashion show, which was overshadowed by the backlash over Razek's comments, slumped to an all-time low and have been matched by declining sales and store closures. "I apologize. To be clear, we would absolutely cast a transgender model for the show".

The model said that she didn't agree with the message the company was sending young women and girls. With that in mind, we have chose to re-think the traditional Victoria's Secret Show. A week after his comments (and subsequent apology), CEO Jan Singer resigned, even though many critics called for Razek's resignation instead. "I admire and respect their journey to embrace who they really are".

He added, "We've had transgender models come to castings".

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