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French Vogue makes a statement

Valentina Sampaio is one of those leggy, lush brunette models for which Brazil is famous. And it was her striking beauty and ''sparkling personality,'' the French Vogue editor Emmanuelle Alt said, that led her to feature the 20-year-old on the magazine's March cover.

That, and the fact that Ms. Sampaio is transgender. ''Trans people [are] the ultimate of a rejection of conformity,'' Ms. Alt wrote in her editor's letter -- the sort of ''icons that Vogue supports and chooses to celebrate.''

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