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Brazilian modeling star Valentina Sampaio (@valentts) is on a mission. At present, trans rights in Brazil are almost non-existent. The nation’s idyllic landscape conceals an ugly legacy of violence against trans people: it is ranked the number one country for murders of trans people according to the Trans Murder Monitoring Project. The discrimination Brazil’s trans community faces daily, particularly when it comes to employment, is especially disconcerting. "It is rare to see a transgender person have a public-facing ‘official’ job," explains Sampaio. "Outside of Brazil, I have had the chance to meet trans people working in a great variety of professions. Salespeople in fashion, cashiers in supermarkets, makeup artists, security, and many other careers. It brings me great happiness to arrive somewhere and feel represented." Sadly, the level of success Sampaio has found abroad has yet to be replicated at home. "I am almost ashamed to say that I have been much more accepted outside of my own country," she says. "Much is said about us during Pride month by the media in Brazil, but they don’t let us speak for ourselves. They do not allow our voice to be directly heard on their platforms." A vocal advocate for the rights of trans people in her home country, Sampaio shares how she is leading by example during #Pride month and beyond at the link in our bio.
Публикация от Vogue (@voguemagazine)