A man presenting himself as a woman will be modeling for a brand that markets itself exclusively to women.
Wednesday 07 August - Victoria's Secret has reportedly hired its first-ever transgender model — less than a year after the lingerie company came under fire after an executive made remarks about transgender people walking in its annual fashion show.
Speculation as to Sampaio's inclusion among the Victoria's Secret roster began when the transgender model posted a photo of himself at a shoot with 'VS Pink' on Instagram.
Shortly thereafter, the Brazilian model Lais Ribeiro tweeted that she was 'so happy" that Sampaio experienced his first photoshoot with Victoria's Secret.
The inclusion of Sampaio comes months after L. Brands' (parent company of Victoria's Secret) Chief Marketing Officer Ed Razek sparked the ire of social justice leftists when he told Vogue magazine that little interest exists for trans models on the runway.
After significant backlash on social media, Razek later apologized, admitting his comments on trans models were 'insensitive.'
'My remark regarding the inclusion of transgender models in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show came across as insensitive,' he said in a statement. 'I apologize. To be clear, we absolutely would cast a transgender model for the show.'
'We've had transgender models come to castings, and like many others, they didn't make it. But it was never about gender. I admire and respect their journey to embrace who they really are.'
Author's comment: There is a disturbing trend for treating transgender men as if they were real women. They're not, and the sooner we get back to stating the obvious - which is that there are only two genders, and everything else is mental illness, the better and healthier society we will be.