Brazilian model Valentina Sampaio is using her platform as Sports Illustrated magazine’s first trans swimsuit model to raise awareness about the epidemic of anti-transgender violence in her native country. Via Vogue:
Brazil is a beautiful country, but it also hosts the highest number of violent crimes and murders against the trans community globally—three times that of the U.S., Being trans usually means facing closed doors to peoples’ hearts and minds.
Below is a lovely profile put together by SI:
Image: detail from Twitter / @SI_Swimsuit