Victoria’s Secret Exec Resigns After Company Hires First Transgender Model

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Valentina Sampaio is Victoria Secret's first transgender model

SkyNews. Victoria’s Secret chief marketing officer has quit just days after the lingerie company hired its first transgender model.

Valentina Sampaio, from Brazil, has signed a contract with the US fashion brand in a move by the retailer to modernise its image.

Sampaio’s hiring comes nearly a year after top executive Ed Razek apologised for implying trans women were off-brand.

Razek, who has now retired, sparked outrage last November when he said in a Vogue interview that the annual Victoria’s Secret angels TV special should not include “transsexual” models because “the show is a fantasy”.

The model has appeared on magazine covers including Vogue Paris, Vogue Brasil and Elle Mexico, and is one of a growing number of trans models amid pressure for the fashion industry to become more diverse and inclusive.

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